Sep 2 2022
Act of Rebellion
We are following Techmoja Dance and Theater Company as they create a new work on sexual trauma in rural Black communities in the South. In this episode founder Kevin Lee-Y Green talks about what informed his decision to return home to Bolivia, North Carolina to create dance. He describes the act of creating Techmoja, in the face of white dominated arts ecology in coastal Carolina, as an act of rebellion. Kevin introduces us to company member Terrill Williams as we learn about the context for Black artists making work in small southern towns. We learn that many art spaces were built by enslaved people and ironically Black artists have difficulty accessing those spaces as their whole selves. Quiet As It's Kept follows choreographer Kevin Lee-Y Green as he creates a new dance work addressing sexual trauma through the lens of Blackness and southern culture. While there are a few tough stories in this podcast series this is a story about the power of dance and culture to build resilience in ourselves and communities.