Dance in Revolt(ing) Times (D.I.R.T.) Festival 2021: Harriet’s Gun, Shapeshifting Towards a Radically Imagined Black Future is a ritual of black joy, possibility, and healing. As we reckon with the 30 years between Rodney King and Breonna Taylor, Black artists tell their stories, uplift creative medicine, and conjure hope.
Harriet Tubman always carried a gun and an ivory handled sword on her liberation missions. Harriet’s gun was insurance, protection, a wand, an anchor, a shield, an antenna, a sage bundle, a way out, a motivator, and a guard rail. In the same way, Harriet’s Gun, Shapeshifting Towards a Radically Imagined Black Future, offers a collective space for artists to define, speak and move power into the Black future and out into the world.
Co-curated by Sarah Crowell, Artistic Director Emeritus of Destiny Arts Center in Oakland, CA and Adia Tamar Whitaker, Artistic Director & Founder of the Brooklyn-based performance ensemble Àṣẹ Dance Theatre Collective, Harriet’s Gun features a spectrum of world class Black artists from around the country and Rhodessa Jones will be spinning the web for the evening as the Mistress of Ceremonies and homegrown San Francisco storyteller. A panel with the artists follows the performance.
Program A: Friday, March 5th at 5pm PST / 8pm PST
Alex Jones (Tampa); André Zachery (Brooklyn); Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative (Houston/Harlem); Embodiment Project (San Francisco); Molodi (Las Vegas); Sydnie L. Mosley (Harlem); UFly Mothership (Brooklyn); Kamille King (Newark)
Program B: Saturday, March 13th at 5pm PST / 8pm PST
Adia Whitaker (Brooklyn). Afro Urban Society (Oakland). Hattie Mae Williams (Miami). Destiny Arts (Oakland). Marc Bamuthi Joseph (D.C.). Michelle N. Gibson and The Brass (New Orleans). nia love (Harlem ). Red Clay Dance Company (Chicago ). Zaccho Dance Theater (San Francisco).
Tickets: $10 sliding scale
Fri, March 5: 5pm PST / 8pm EST
Alex Jones Tampa
André Zachery Brooklyn
Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative Houston/Harlem
Embodiment Project San Francisco
Molodi Las Vegas
Sydnie L. Mosley Harlem
UFly Mothership Brooklyn
Kamille King Newark
Sat, March 13 : 5pm PST / 8pm EST
Adia Whitaker Brooklyn
Afro Urban Society Oakland
Hattie Mae Williams Miami
Destiny Arts Oakland
Marc Bamuthi Joseph D.C.
Michelle N. Gibson and the Brass New Orleans
nia love Harlem
Red Clay Dance Company Chicago
Zaccho Dance Theater San Francisco