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Setting the fugitive experience afforded Black people on fire with majesty, opulence, and agency, Séancers is an auto-ethnographic performance work that interrogates issues related to American history, coloniality, and structural oppression. Supported by guest theorist Vanessa E. Thompson and sound artist Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste Jaamil Olawale Kosoko journeys into the surreal and fantastical states of a Black imagination.
Jaamil Olawale Kosoko is a Nigerian American poet, curator, and performance artist originally from Detroit. His works deal primarily with the experience of loss and it's processing, placing it in the political context of the particularly Black experience of a permanent possibility of disappearance because of racist violent acts. Kosoko lectures, speaks, and performs internationally. His work in performance has toured throughout Europe having appeared in major festivals including Moving in November (Finland), TakeMeSomewhere (UK), SICK! (UK), Tanz im August (Berlin), Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival (Norway), Zurich MOVES! (Switzerland), Beursschouwburg (Belgium) and Spielart Festival (Munich). He is a 2017 Princeton Arts Fellow and a 2017 Cave Canem Poetry Fellow.
DURATION 65 Min. CONCEPT, PERFORMANCE, INSTALLATIONDESIGN Jaamil Olawale Kosoko DRAMATURGy Emily Reilly SÉANCERS Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Vanessa-Eileen Thompson SOUND, PERFORMANCE Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste PERFORMANCE DOULAS Imma Asher, M. Lamar, Jennifer Kidwell POEMS, TEXT Power von Audre Lorde, Heelz On und Entertainer von Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Where Does It Hurt Interview mit Ruby Sales COSTUME Simone Duff, SaVonne Whitfield, MA LIGHTDESIGN Serena Wong LIGHT Megan Lang, Amanda Jensen, Kate McGee VIDEO Andrew Amorim VIDEO PERFORMANCE IMMA, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko ACADEMIC ASSISTANCE, STAGEMANAGEMENT Alyssa Gersony COMPANY MANAGER EUROPE Leonie Wichman
A production by Jaamil Olawale Kosoko. Funded by MAP Fund, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Princeton Arts Fellowship, Jerome Foundation and a network of independent contributers. Enabled by the Artists in Residence Scheme of Abrons Art Center, Bennington College, Casa Na Ilha Art Residence Brasilien, FringeArts, pOnderosa Movement and Discovery and Haverford College. In cooperation with Abrons Arts Center and Danspace Project. Media partners: ExBerliner, taz.die tageszeitung, Zitty, ASK HELMUT.