Dancing While Black presents Run Mary Run by Rashida Bumbray & Dance Diaspora Collective at the University of Virginia.
This performance also serves as the kick off event for “August in Perspective,” a series of arts events at UVA scheduled throughout the month of February fostering creative responses to the Charlottesville events of August 11th and 12th through theater, music, and dance workshops with guest artists, UVA students and faculty, community organizations, and local area high schools.
Rashida Bumbray has been performing the ring shout – a spiritual dance developed during slavery – for about a decade. For the newest installment of this work, Run Mary Run, she considers the harmonic ideas and tonal vocabulary of the McIntosh County Shouters – master ring shout artists – as a point of departure. Creating an active ritual for the ceremony of the ring shout, the performers go on a ride through the cosmologies of the Low Country, Geechie Sea Islands, Tennessee Blues, P Funk, and Hip Hop – relating the shout to the history of Black music. Run Mary Run is developed in collaboration with a large ensemble, the Dance Diaspora Collective and special guest master dancer, Adenike Sharpley, Professor, Oberlin College. Costumes by Gingie McLeod, Dindi Designs.
With Rashida Bumbray, Charmaine Warren, Orlando Hunter, and Paloma McGregor
Let’s talk about the many sources of stress in the lives of Black and Brown artists. What approaches, resources and tools help us counteract the effects of stress on our physical health, psyches, interpersonal relationships and creativity?
Note: The All Black Long Table is conceived and created as private space for conversation among Black and Brown artists and community members. We request that all respect this designation.