CHOREOGRAPHY AND DANCE WORKS
Sankofa Moving Architecture
Sankofa Moving Architecture is a dance work in development using black and white visual contrast to explore objects in space, the body, the body's relationship to space (positive and negative), and progressively, the relationship between two moving bodies in high contrast space.
Sankofa is an African word from the Akan tribe in Ghana. The literal translation of the word and the mythical bird symbol is “it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind” It symbolizes the Akan people’s quest for knowledge among the Akan with the implication that the quest is based on critical examination and intelligent and patient investigation.
With Sankofa at the core of exploration, Lucky Lartey will visit and revisit his traditional culture to inform the learning within and outcomes of this creative development, which in turn will move his practice forward into a new interdisciplinary territory. By blending contemporary dance language and traditional West African Dance practice together to explore the dichotomy between contemporary and tradition, drawing out shape, form, and storytelling while capturing this exploration of aesthetic. Cinema is calibrated to a white body. With a team of diverse bodies, Lartey will explore the unspoken landscape of capturing different bodies and skin tones sharing space in stills and moving images. Lartey will experiment with background colours and chroma keys to learn how to create a resonance between light and dark skin tones to clearly articulate all moving bodies in photography and videography.
Moon Shadows 2020
composed by Chetan Tierra, sound Scott Watterson
The moon has often been used by humanity as a point of focus. From the mere reflection of its image in the night sky to its markers of cycles of ritual and agriculture, nurturing aspects of balance and wellness. The moon is a muse for our collective creativity since our earliest times.
This project responds to the Tierra composition of Moon Shadows, conceived after the composer was experiencing insomnia and going outside at night and looking at the Moon, with sound, movement, and minimalistic lighting, exploring aspects of ritual and spirituality in performance. Conceptually it aims to provide space for time out in the vein of providing pleasure.
Your personal experience will have been effective if you feel uplifted.
Like the beauty of the moon, and its many forms, at the core here is aesthetic, and bringing that into focus for an experience.
The five movements are:
Into the Dark
Scott Watterson Copyright 2020