Matter's daring book, Dancers After Dark , consist of thrilling and breathtaking photographs of professional dancers and performers posing naked at night. It's a celebration of the outrageous, the unlikely — and courage to say yes, absolutely yes — to danger, to exhilaration, and to thrill. The dancers are photographed in the public streets of New York City, Paris, and many other beautiful places. The pictures highlight the amazing talent of these artists, as well as the beauty in their confidence and freedom. Featuring Alan Cumming and many other talented performers, the book showcases the pure courage it takes to strip down bare. It's a celebration of fearless beauty.
From being labeled too sexy or too political, it is remarkable that their same dance routines could be viewed by so many people in a plethora of ways. Since slavery, black bodies have historically been dissected by the masses, being used as tools for the entertainment of other races, and constantly denied ownership by black individuals. The Harlem Renaissance provided a means for oppressed black Americans to express themselves. The Harlem Renaissance sparked a black consciousness that had finally begun to break free of white oppression.
Dance duo Non Edwards and Missa Kes bared their souls and their bodies at Bryant-Lake Bowl last weekend, presenting a showcase of what they can do as dancers and choreographers. In all, the evening included two solos, a dance film and two duets, one of which they choreographed together. As choreographers, both Edwards and Kes favored an abstract style with theatrical flair. The piece was packed with tons of different ideas, with the dancers jumping from vaudevillian showmanship to meta-theatrical irony.
The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. Appearing at this year's SummerWorks Performance Festival is the dancer-choreographer Jasmyn Fyffe, who presents her first solo show. Titled what do you see?