Choreographed by Rujeko Dumbutshena and Justice Miles
Ink/Body/Rain is an evening-length dance work showcasing original choreography from Rujeko Dumbutshena and Justice Miles. The first half of the work is choreographed by Rujeko Dumbutshena and is titled “DA RERUM NATURA - the way things are” and the second half of the work is choreographed/arranged by Justice Miles and is titled Ink on Cotton.
The first part of the work is choreographed by Rujeko Dumbutshena and is titled “DA RERUM NATURA - the way things are.” Zimbabwean born Dumbutshena explores the strength, struggle, resistance and resilience of women and African women in particular through a style that echoes the foundations of traditional African dance in a contemporary way. Dumbutshena’s work “DA RERUM NATURA - the way things are” was created with the idea that ritual and performance can be in harmony with, or in opposition to “the way things are.”
The second part of the work is titled Ink on Cotton and is choreographed by Justice Miles. Ink on Cotton explores images throughout African American history from the 1800s to the present day with stylistic influences from contemporary dance and flamenco. Miles, through the lens of a young biracial (African American and Norwegian American) female choreographer, presents an exploration of the beauty and complexities of semiotics when black and white worlds collide