DANCE: Ni’Ja Whitson Performs “A Meditation on Tongues” at EMPAC [Berkshire on Stage]
At 7pm on Thursday (April 5), choreographer Ni’Ja Whitson presents the dance performance A Meditation on Tongues at EMPAC at RPI in Troy. A Meditation on Tongues is Whitson’s live-dance adaptation of filmmaker and activist Marlon T. Riggs’ 1989 film Tongues Untied, a groundbreaking portrait of black, gay identity.
Upon its release, Riggs’ Tongues Untied was one of the first efforts to depict the specific experience of black, gay men, a culture marginalized by both heterosexual society and white, gay society. Thirty years after the film’s release, Ni’Ja Whitson has updated the project, focusing on contemporary masculinity in relation to the invisibility of lesbian and gender non-conforming bodies within the cultural dialogue on race.