Thunderdell (2018) is an ongoing exploration of the dual reality of black women. This existence is a life-long navigation necessary to success and survival, a skill that is honed early on with code-switching, identity exploration, and rewriting histories. Named after the two-headed giant in Jack and the Beanstalk, Thunderdell is a dance where two performers use fantasy and lore to mediate a split identity.
“I have the nerve to walk my own way, however hard, in my search for reality, rather than climb upon the rattling wagon of wishful illusions.“
- Zora Neale Hurston
with Jessica Pretty
at Movement Research at Judson Church, NYC
at Center for Performance Research, NYC
img Ian Douglas
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