Fly|Drown: studio visit

Jennifer Harge / Harge Dance Stories

Trade School: PHL+Detroit

June 25 at 4pm at The University of the Arts

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The open studio centers the practices of performance artist Jennifer Harge. Harge’s work moves through a constellation of movement, installation, language, and film to process Blackqueer interiority as form. Audiences are invited to sit with Harge and collaborators to be with and co-activate the materials within Harge’s practice. The format is rooted in Black fellowship practices where the opportunity to commune with others becomes a portal into collective caretaking and worldbuilding.

JENNIFER HARGE is an interdisciplinary choreographer, performance artist, and educator based in Detroit. Her work centers Black and queer vernacular movement practices, codes, and rituals that manifest at the intersections of performance, installation, and community gathering. Harge’s processes and artistic products grow out of Black subjectivity; Black feminist thought; nurturance of intimate reciprocal partnerships; and iteration-based research that allows the work to evolve nomadically across time and varied contexts. She founded Harge Dance Stories in 2014 as a container for choreographic research.

Harge Dance Stories is deeply collaborative. Their creative process engages the voices of many dance artists, writers, curators, visual artists, family, and friends; including deep thought partnership with Devin Drake, Clare Croft, Taylor Aldridge, Nadia Tykulsker, Sterling Toles, Crystal Perkins, Audrey Johnson, Miryam Johnson, Shanice Rollins, Billy Mark, The Hinterlands, Duane Lee Holland, Jr., The Gathering Detroit, the cities of Highland Park and Detroit, MI, and many more.

Photos: Courtesy Jennifer Harge and Devin Drake