Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist Edisa Weeks returns to campus Oct. 7-11 for a week long residency of master classes, workshops, conversations and classroom visits. Weeks will host a Roots Party on Thursday, Oct. 10 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Geneva Public Library. Open to the public, guests are invited to participate in a collaborative art project and discussion of food access and security with Food Justice of Geneva.
A Roots Party happens over several hours, during which people can participate in the making of “roots,” share a meal and engage in conversation. Weeks and guests will help create 1,865 roots out of paper and twine. The finished roots will be used in the performance THREE RITES: Liberty to be performed in Geneva, N.Y. this March. Guest speakers of Food Justice of Geneva Theresa Shaffer and Deacon Henry Farro will lead the discussion.
The Roots Party emphasizes engaging people in a shared dialogue about how liberty is protected, promoted and accessed in their community and America at large. People are welcome to stay for as much of the discussion, roots making, and shared meal as they wish. A Spanish language translator will be present during the event.
During her visit to the HWS campus this October, Edisa Weeks will also be a guest in the following courses: Visiting Assistant Professor of Africana Studies James McCorkle’s course “The Black Atlantic,” Assistant Professor of Dance Kelly Johnson’s “Global Dance Technique/Dances of the African Diaspora,” Associate Professor Heather May’s “Theatre History,” and Visiting Assistant of Africana Studies Jerome Dent’s “Black Images/White Myths.” Weeks will also conduct a workshop at the Intercultural Affairs House on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 6:00 p.m. titled “Social Justice: Performance as Reflection and Empowerment.” To participate in any of these classes or workshops, please contact Professor of Dance Cynthia Williams at email@example.com.
Weeks and her company DELIRIOUS Dances visited the Colleges for ten days in August to create “Life,” a section from her new piece THREE RITES: Life, Liberty, Happiness which premieres in Brooklyn, N.Y. in the fall of 2020.
Guest artist Edisa Weeks is an Associate Professor of Dance at Queens College, and founder and director of DELIRIOUS Dances, which seeks to erase the barriers between art and life, between performance space and audience space, and between mediums. Weeks writes, “We are interested in finding ways for the audience to interact with and influence the experience of a work. We believe that art revitalizes the everyday to reveal something new about ourselves, and the revelation is an energy, a spark that has the power to change the world.”
This residency is supported by the New York State DanceForce, a NYSCA partner, with additional support from the Dance Department, Intercultural Affairs, and the Geneva Public Library.