Inside the Pillow Lab: André Zachery
Inside the Pillow Lab is an intimate new film series that captures works in process and behind-the-scenes moments of what it’s like for artists to live, work, and rehearse together again in COVID-compliant residencies on the Pillow’s retreat-like campus. "Respiration" will be an evening-length multimedia performance of dance, original music/sound and digital media inspired by and based on the novel "The City We Became" by acclaimed Afrofuturist writer N.K. Jemisin. This project, envisioned by Renegade Performance Group Artistic Director André M. Zachery, intends to translate the imagery of N.K. Jemisin’s text into an Afrofuturist choreographic work for an ensemble of dancers in collaboration with sound artists and musicians Sabine Blaizin, Okai Fleurimont, and Grammy-award winner Kendra Foster. CREATOR: André M. Zachery DANCERS: Ebony Webster, Kyneijee Wubah, Yolette Yellow-Duke, Zenni Corbin MUSICIAN: Okai Fleurmont About André M. Zachery André M. Zachery is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist of Haitian and African American descent, and is a scholar, researcher, and technologist with a BFA from Ailey/Fordham University and MFA in Performance & Interactive Media Arts from CUNY/Brooklyn College. As the Artistic Director of Renegade Performance Group, his practice, research, and community engagement artistically focuses on merging choreography, technology and Black cultural practices through multimedia work. Zachery is a 2016 New York Foundation for the Arts Gregory Millard Fellow in Choreography and 2019 Jerome Hill Foundation Fellow in Choreography. FILMING: Erica Spizz NEL SHELBY PRODUCTIONS Nel Shelby, Producer Ashli Bickford, Editor Benjamin Richards, Graphic Animation Sonia Bartolomeo The 2022-2023 PILLOW LAB RECEIVES LEADERSHIP SUPPORT FROM: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation © 2023 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Inc.
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Play video Inside the Pillow Lab: LaJuné McMillian
Inside the Pillow Lab: LaJuné McMillian
For this project, LaJuné McMillian is developing "Spirit and Child", a series of prayers between Child and Spirit, presented as a live motion capture performance and installation.
Play video Inside the Pillow Lab: Mythili Prakash
Inside the Pillow Lab: Mythili Prakash
"She’s Auspicious" examines notions of femininity and purity through the paradox of the Hindu Goddess Devi, who is worshiped as powerful and auspicious, in contrast to the woman who is objectified and marginalized in society.
Play video Inside the Pillow Lab: Sekou McMiller
Inside the Pillow Lab: Sekou McMiller
For this project, Sekou McMiller is developing a new installment within his “Afro Latin Jazz and Soul Experience” series, tentatively titled "Shine".
Play video Inside the Pillow Lab: Rokafella and Kwikstep
Inside the Pillow Lab: Rokafella and Kwikstep
During this Pillow Lab residency, Kwikstep and Rokafella took time to look over their choreographic body of work to extract inspiring phrases and build a new duet that celebrates the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop.
Play video Inside The Pillow Lab: Camille A. Brown
Inside The Pillow Lab: Camille A. Brown
Continuing her explorations of Black Joy, director and choreographer Camille A. Brown is creating a new work for her Company that launches queries into the possibilities of imagination—investigating the past to boldly reimagine it.
Play video Inside the Pillow Lab: Larissa Velez-Jackson
Inside the Pillow Lab: Larissa Velez-Jackson
For this project, "Yackez Love For A New World Paradigm", Larissa returns to directing and choreographing Yackez, her collaboration with her husband, musical director Jon Velez-Jackson.