This presentation is based off of works by Harge Dance Stories and The Brown Dance Project members of University of Michigan Black Alumni Network, performing "Loss Collaborations: Danced Narratives of Black (or African American) Lives." Telephone & Transition (2014) written with Gary M. Dixon.
(Space is open with Jennifer Harge onstage. Rodney Brown enters the space. Harge and Brown stand adjacent to each other. Artists step forward like emerging from a shadow they then begin speaking and singing the Bible verse simultaneously.)
Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy. Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity.
Harge: Amadou Diallo, 23, New York, N.Y.--Feb. 4, 1999
Malcolm Ferguson, 23, New York, N.Y.--March 1, 2000
Patrick Dorismond, 26, New York, NY--March 16, 2000
Ronald Beasley, 36, and Earl Murray, 36, Dellwood, Mo.--June 12, 2000
(Brown and Harge continue to speak and perform movement simultaneously)
Brown: Telephone & Transition. Ya know
when we roll into this world
(that's when we are born)
it doesn't matter what color
we are. We are all
And when we leave this world (God Bless)
it doesn't matter then either.
We are just bones then too.
(Harge continues speaking names and running)
Prince Jones, 25, Fairfax County, Va.--Sept. 1, 2000
Timothy Thomas, 19, Cincinnati, Ohio--April 7, 2001
Orlando Barlow, 28, Las Vegas, Nev.--February 28, 2003
Ousmane Zongo, 43, New York, N.Y.--May 22, 2003
Alberta Spruill, 57, New York, N.Y.--May 16, 2003
Timothy Stansbury, 19, New York, N.Y.--January 24, 2004
B: But while we are here
in this world as these bones.
We are working, and
working, and working.
Until someone says, "work more."
And work, and work, and work,
and work. These bones into the ground.
B: It is time to go. I hope you are ready.
H: Ronald Madison, 40, and James Brisette, 17, New Orleans, La.--Sept. 4, 2005
B: It's time to go.
H: Sean Bell, 23, New York, N.Y.--November 25, 2006
B: Telephone. It's Ole Dirty
H: DeAunta Terrel Farrow, 12, West Memphis, Ark.--July 22, 2007
B: Big Mike! He wants to give you directions...(drown out)Home
H: Tarika Wilson, 26, Lima, Ohio--January 4, 2008
Oscar Grant, 22, Oakland, Calif.--January 1, 2009
Shem Walker, 49, New York, N.Y.--July 11, 2009
Victor Steen, 17, Pensacola, Fla.--October 3, 2009
Kiwane Carrington, 15, Champaign, 1ll.--October 9, 2009
Aaron Campbell, 25, Portland...