Featuring Choreographer and Dance Artist Jade Solomon Curtis
Black Like Me: An Exploration of the Word Ni--er, is a multidisciplinary evening length work that explores the reverb of a single word in a global community. It considers the effects of the word ni--er, all its permutations, its history and its casual use in Hip Hop culture.
Comprised of 5 sections created in collaboration with two of America’s leading Black media design technologists, original sound composition and local activists; it asks if it is possible to redefine a word that was intended to belittle a people.
Black Like Me combines physical, verbal, visual and sonic language to tell five narratives and perspectives in a unique way. Inspired by present day youth and their casual use of the word ni--er, innovative multi-disciplined artists, visual/media design experts and digital campaign strategists come together to, in essence, combine the best of arts and sciences to enhance the singular message; ni--er cannot be transformed.
The presentation of Black Like Me is supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W Mellon Foundation.
This presentation is also supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from The Wisconsin Arts Board and the Crane Group.