[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] Philadelphia-based Dancer Vitche Boul Ra to perform "And forever in reflexive fade."

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Philadelphia-based Dancer Vitche Boul Ra to perform "And forever in reflexive fade." live online as part of the Radical Black Art and Performance Series Curated by Philadelphia based artist Arien Wilkerson February 11th, 2021 5pm-7pm (Philadelphia, PA) 
Register for Zoom Link - https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAld-upqzsvHNGSukrkkGJ3aLoxthW-CIUl <https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAld-upqzsvHNGSukrkkGJ3aLoxthW-CIUl>
Vitche-Boul Ra is a Transhumanist Folk-Theurgist with a BFA in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts (Sculpture concentration) from The University of the Arts [2018]. To develop a performance practice adjacent to the lineage of western sculpture, It also studied dance in the UArts School of Dance directed by Donna Faye Burchfield. Winning the Edna Andrade Travel Scholarship from The University of the Arts in 2017, Ra traveled to Bali, Indonesia to observe/study the movement practices and theatrical vocabularies of Balinese Dance—further re-imagining the priorities of It's practice. In Philadelphia, It has shown solo (+collaborative) works at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Vox Populi Gallery, Little Berlin Gallery, and Hightide Gallery. In New York, Ra performed in Fridman Gallery’s 5th Anniversary Festival, had work selected for the Center for Performance Research’s Spring Movement Festival 2018, and was curated into the New Dance Alliance's 2019 Performance Mix Festival: 33.
 
“ I am thrilled to present such a hard working young performance artist whose work is complex, deeply moving, black and needed.”
Arien Wilkerson (RBAPS CURATOR)
   

 
Event Details
	•	Location: ZOOM
	•	Date and Time: Thursday February 11th - Online doors 5 - 5:30pm - Performance at 6pm.
	•	FREE 
	•	Installation, Choreography and Concept by: Vitche-Boul Ra 
 
About:  
The Radical Black Art and Performance Series will showcase a performance, lecture, workshop, or film screening Monday through Friday for four consecutive academic weeks during Black History Month. The programming is activated by working artists and educators between the ages of 23-31. The artists and educators are within the diaspora background, LGBTQIA, gender non-conforming/non binary, hiv poz, and of spiritual/religious faith. The programming will provide a contemporary framework for allyship and outline why the dismantling of current power structures is a necessary act in cultivating Black and queer consciousness. 

Project partners include the African American Cultural Center, UConn Rainbow Center, Humanities Institute and UConn Libraries Archives & Special Collections. Resources will be utilized within each of these departments to extend engagement to student populations outside of the School of Fine Arts, as well as foster cross department collaboration. The virtual programming for Contemporary Art Galleries at the University of Connecticut during Black History Month for the 2021 spring semester. Radical Black Art and Performance Series is a twenty-day digital program featuring queer Black and brown artists, scholars and allies who make work, practice or who’s discipline interconnects, interlocks, and makes legible “Négritude: The affirmation or consciousness of the value of Black or African culture, heritage, and identity in art and education.”

 The goal of this curated programming is to raise awareness of, and cultivate, Black and queer consciousness through rigorous dialogue, film screenings, and guest presentations and workshops from practicing artists and academics in the field. Arien Wilkerson based in Philadelphia PA will lead the series and serve as guest curator/programmer for the project curating Philadelphia Based Artist. 

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