Chicago Home Theater Festival: Frog Belly Collaboration

In collaboration with Arif Smith, Frog Belly is a choreo‐story about how hyper‐empathy, kinship, futurity, and spiritual technology collaborate to bring forth a politics of resistance. This is articulated through tracing maroon geographies from Oklahoma to Brazil, and engaging ceremonial practices from the Phillipines, while drawing upon Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower and the visual language of Wangechi Mutu and Cyrus Kabiru to animate a futuristic third space. This performance also seeks to reveal how sensate politics undergird experiences of the subaltern, exploring how beauty, violence, and trauma impact the body – the primodial home. Combining gesture, ritual, and sound, Frog Belly explores notions of maronnage through the sensorial, and asks not only how does feeling activate resistance, but also how does resistance feel? Musicians include Laura Cambron and Jonathan Pachecho.

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