T. LANG DANCE PRESENTS | POST
Entanglement. Interference. Revolution. Cosmic order.
A culmination of 4 years of research, POST, is a reflection on love, longing and reconciliation during and after the American Reconstruction Era. With the premiere of the 4th installment of the Post-Up series, T. Langs POST guides us through the aftermath of reunification. Visions of lost souls fighting for peace after years of searching, praying to be reunited with stolen loved ones. Bodies yearning to recover from vicious exploitation, from unbearable separation, from unjustified pain. T. Lang Dance unpacks movement patterns, exploring how systemic mistreatments have been woven into the fiber of ones being. Set inside an abandoned church, POST imagines a new space and time, an environment that stirs memories and agitates the spirit.
T. Lang began creating the first installment of the series after reading author Heather Andrea Williams, Help Me Find My People: The African American Search for Family Lost in Slavery. This book reveals seldomly told American truths of newly freed citizens, using the technology of their day -- a newspaper advertisement, to cleverly find their family members. Post Up premiered at The Goat Farm Arts Center in 2014. The second installment, Post Up in the House, presented at the High Museum's Mi Casa Your Casa installation, sheds insight on intimate prayer-- spells one would conjure to remain steadfast in their search. LIT Variations #1-11, the third installment, follows a trail of performances throughout the city of Atlanta signifying the somber joy of reconnection. After searching what feels like the entire solar system, POST, returns you back to your loved ones, only to reveal unresolved trauma, question the unfamiliar, and sit with the pain that unfolds in the aftermath.
Activating a now dormant chapel on what was originally a confederate military base, Lang creates a space where we can question the effects of constructed institutions like church and state.
"As I began creating the 4th installment, I knew I wanted to choreograph an unique work on love, reconciliation and continue examining the world where the author Heather Andrea Williams leaves us in Help Me Find My People. I experimented with generating movement that embraced a codified vocabulary; one that served as a portal to a past informed by a future already written. I was envisioning how families constructed new rhythms of familiarity with their loved ones after all the disruption they endured and how this unresolved trauma revealed itself throughout generations. I was curious to understand emotional reasoning of how societys reflection of inhumane acts unravel in a confessional space."
- T. Lang on POST
POST runs March 9th - 25th at Fort McPherson. POST is in collaboration with visual artists George Long and David Baerwalde, lighting designer Andre Allen and dramaturge Michelle Hite. T. Lang Dance is Joshua Archibald, Jacquelle Blythe, Jazmine Brooks, Indya Childs, Emma Lalor, Mandi B. Mpezo, and Scott Wheet.
This work is made possible by our generous supporters, MailChimp, City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, and Fulton County.
150 SAYERS ST SW, ATLANTA, GA 30310
Doors 7:00pm | Show 8:00pm
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T. Lang Dance creates a poetic expression of movement, illustrating deep, rousing investigations regarding identity and historical narratives. Through the vehicle of modern dance, Langs work communicates perspectives with depth and style that capture the viewer with evocative physicality, emotional range and technical feats.
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150 Sayers Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30310
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