FREE: “Let ‘im Move You: This Is a Formation” @ EMPAC at RPI [Berkshire on Stage]
Artists jumatatu m. poe and Jermone “Donte” Beacham are in residence at EMPAC at RPI in Troy to create “This Is a Formation,” a new edition in their dance performance series “Let ‘im Move You.” At 7:30pm on Thursday (January 24), they will present a free work-in-progress performance of the project in the EMPAC Theater.
“Let ‘im Move You” is a series of performance and visual works rooted in J-Sette, an energetic lead-and-follow form of dance, which originated in the Black femme communities of Jackson, Mississippi, in the 1970s and has been widely popularized by the Jackson State University Marching Band dance team, the Prancing J-Settes. The next phase of the work, “Let ‘im Move You: This Is a Formation,” is designed as a three-part performance that will travel across historically Black neighborhoods, queer night clubs and institutional art spaces and theaters.
Poe and Beacham are in residence at EMPAC with a team of collaborators, including seven dancers, lighting, audio and visual media designers, as well as two ethical and artistic consultants, to expand the theatrical and technological elements of the work. The team will also conduct a series of workshops with RPI students as part of the development of the piece.