Event Photo No Boundaries: Dancing the Visions of Contemporary Black Choreographers

Tickets: $25, $20


Fri, Apr 6 | 7 pm


Sat, Apr 7 | 7 pm

Presented in Partnership with RestorationART

The Billie Holiday Theatre

1368 Fulton Street Brooklyn, NY 11216

No Boundaries: Dancing the Visions of Contemporary Black Choreographers

651 ARTS and RestorationART / The Billie Holiday Theatre present Gesel Mason Performance Project’s No Boundaries: Dancing the Visions of Contemporary Black Choreographers. For over 15 years, Gesel Mason has been performing solos choreographed by prominent African American choreographers. The solos offer windows into the choreographers’ lives, illuminating the unique inventions, legacies, and aesthetics of these prominent Black choreographers—including what these artists were up against historically, culturally, and personally. With nine commissioned solos, Gesel Mason’s dancing body has become a living archive of over seven decades of choreographic vision that expands the range of work by, for, and about African Americans. In an effort to share and preserve this rich history, No Boundaries is transforming into a digital archive, which will feature interviews, dance-for-camera shorts, and documentation of the selected choreographies. This presentation of No Boundaries at the Billie Holiday Theatre will be “the last live performance” of the project, featuring solos by Gesel Mason, Donald McKayle, David Roussève, Bebe Miller, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Rennie Harris, and a recently commissioned work by Kyle Abraham. Be part of history as this presentation will be documented for inclusion in the archive. 

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For more information on Gesel Mason Performance Projects click here.

The production will be captured by a high quality multi-camera shoot in order to preserve America’s dance heritage for inclusion in a forthcoming digital humanities archive.

About the Artist: Gesel Mason

Gesel Mason is a choreographer, performer, educator, and arts facilitator. She is Artistic Director for Gesel Mason Performance Projects and has been Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder since 2013. She was a company member of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and Ralph Lemon/Cross Performance Projects. She has also performed with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Repertory Dance Theatre of Utah, and under the direction of Chuck Davis, Jacek Łumiński (Silesian Dance Theatre), Murray Louis, and Victoria Marks.

Photo Credits: Enoch Chan (left) and James Forsberg (right); homepage carousel image by James Forsberg.

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