The Commons of Colour
We all understand that artists of colour contend with particular, difficult fields and forces as we wind our way through professional encounters. But how exactly, do we contend with the competing forces that demand our attention and allegiances as we work in the sectors of experimental dance-making? How do we attend to the needs of our families and our various homes, even as we distance ourselves from those places of origin through our creative craft and our travels around the planet? What does it mean to move inevitably towards a European arts sector and the provocations of a European-centred audience, as artists in the Asian American, African American and African diaspora?
This roundtable will assemble the experiences of four artists of colour who will walk together through questions of affinity and adjacency. We only know each other as a remainder of ongoing colonialisms, bound up with neo-liberal capital. We wonder, who do we think we are? And what brings us towards each other, if anything? Dancemaking offers a way to be near, one to the next. How can our stories model a future of affiliation that encourage us to explore as we will, with less attention paid to the structures of white power that inevitably tell us how we need to be?
The roundtable attempts to enact a COMMONS of COLOUR within the TanzKongress as a site of contemplation, beginning in an affirmation of our humanity.