afroMOTIONS highlights the power of movement and rhythm to absorb, unpack, express, and energize! The three-fold installation features a virtual reality zone, Dance Battle 360º created by the Afripedia team Senay Berhe and Teddy Goitom, as well as a looped screening of artist Nora Chipaumire’s Afro Promo #1 (Kinglady), an embodied reworking of gender and superheroes and visual artist Keisha Nicole Knight’s short experimental film Body Mechanics.
In Afro Promo #1 (Kinglady), performance artist and choreographer Nora Chipaumire explores the influence of comic book heroes on the American immigrant experience to unpack aspects of African masculinity and explore the creation of a Black, African, male-female superhero.
Body Mechanics is a short experimental dance film by Brooklyn-based artist Keisha Knight remixing archival films by Thomas Edison to explore early cinema’s fascination with the exotic and the electric.
Afripedia Dance Battle 360° (May 5th – May 9th)
Welcome to the world’s first 360° VR Dance Battle experience from Africa, showcasing some of the best urban street dancers from Dakar, Senegal. Through the Afripedia – Dance Battle 360°, we want to create a immersive experience that allows everyone to take part despite physical borders. The experience is an exclusive insight into contemporary African street dance where you will meet the street dancers Khoudia Toure, Pierre Belleka aka “Dexter”, Ousmane Ndiaye aka “LilSeush”, Xavier Sagna, Kirsner Tsengou Dingha aka “Cortex” and Amadou Lamine Sow aka “Pi”. Professional dancers with moves that make the streets and floor boil!
Production company : Stocktown Films and House Of Real
Directors: Senay Berhe & Marie Skovgaard
Producers: Teddy Goitom & Anna J Ljungmark
*Participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult
Exhibition runs from May 3 – 9 in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center – Amphitheater