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You Can Dance Underwater and Not Get Wet

FEB 5 - APR 16
Kevin Brisco Jr.

Kevin Brisco Jr. has this to say about You Can Dance Underwater and Not Get Wet;

This show is an exploration of dance as a means of performance, escape, retreat, and rebellion. The title comes from the lyrics of Aqua Boogie, in which George Clinton croons:

“​​with the rhythm that makes you dance through what we have to live through,

you can dance underwater and not get wet

The lyrics perfectly describe the thick and perilous political space that Black people have to move through with a rhythm so graceful as to not allow those fraught surroundings to get on them. The statement also evokes the “underwater” space of black post trans-atlantic life – our ancestors lost at sea, newly rising seas and climate racism, as well as the addages “sink or swim”, “drip or drown” so on and so forth.

Dance is important. More so social dance. A space we have been denied for the past year and a half due to the pandemic. In this work I wish to bring a permanency to the ephemeral moments of connection, of happiness, of joy that are so fleeting but so thoroughly felt on the dance floor.

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