Indigo Yard Gals join members of the
Duke African Repertory Ensemble
April 12-23, 2021
In-person viewing open to Duke students, faculty, and staff, following SymMon protocols
Mon – Fri : : 12 – 6pm
Sat – Sun : : 1 – 6pm
After hours… exterior, street view from Campus Drive
Window shades raised every evening : : 6 – 10pm
Murthy Agora Commons, Studio 129
Rubenstein Arts Center : : 2020 Campus Drive : : Durham NC 27705
The lynching of Black bodies was a ritual gathering… trees as witnesses of these acts of terror… in several African diaspora spiritual traditions, “practitioners recognize forests, rivers, and oceans as natural resources embodying spiritual subjects” (Concha-Holmes, 2012)…what might we imagine as held memories by these spiritual subjects? how do we create points of access, or portals to engage in acts of remembrance and recovery? we are preparing grounds to reclaim, re-consecrate, re-articulate, restore, remember and reimagine liminal spaces as accesses to restoration… points of contact between the world of what is seen and unseen realms.
Duke Dance Program Spring Dance Series
: : Ava LaVonne Vinesett : : Jessica Almy-Pagán : :
Video and photography by Caroline Almy
Video editing and photography by Jessica Almy-Pagán
Video by Domingo B. Vinesett
Installation design by Jessica Almy-Pagán and Ava LaVonne Vinesett
Choreography for Duke African Repertory Ensemble by Ava LaVonne Vinesett and dancers
Choreography for Indigo Yard Gals by Ava LaVonne Vinesett
Dancers: CC Croxton, Bonita Joyce, Amoké Ocean, Ife M. Presswood, Ashley Rea, Tria Smothers, Oesa SaVionne Vinesett, Namajala Naomi Washington, Adrianna Williams
Music by Omar Sosa
Candomblé rhythms performed by: Beverly Botsford, Domingo B. Vinesett, Richard J. Vinesett (musical director)
Sound engineering by: Erik Koehler and John Hanks
Readings from Sherese Francis’ Lucy’s Bone Scrolls: The Black Speculative Mystery School – CC Croxton, Yemarishet Macharia, Amoké Ocean, Ife Presswood, Ashley Rea, Adrianna Williams
Costumes by Ava LaVonne Vinesett
With deep gratitude to Scott Price and Omar Sosa Management for their generous support.
Thank you to Sherese Francis for reminding us to ask “What if?”
Duke Dance Program colleagues and staff with a special thank you to John Hanks
Thank you to gina Breedlove, our medicine woman who continues to hold space and reminds us “to be intentional about bearing witness”.
Thank you to Kati Henderson, Bill Le Fevre, Orla Swift and the staff of the Sarah P. Duke Gardens for their assistance and accommodations.
The Ruby staff is AMAZING!
Duke Dance Program
Friends of IYG support
To the lives in the unseen realms, this is an act of remembrance, this is our medicine, this is our journey.