While watching “Black Girl Linguistic Play,” I finally got a full grasp of what this dance theory that we have been reading means. Being able to be present during the performance, to witness the expressions of pain, joy, frustration, and confusion on the performers’ faces, and to see the intricacies of their movements produced an entirely different effect for me than watching a video recording of a dance. Only then did I understand the themes explored in our readings for this unit, such as the importance of context and the ability of performance to be political and meaningful rather than merely beautiful.
This piece clearly created a different experience for those who have childhood memories similar to those represented. How is this significant to those audience members, and how do those who cannot relate as deeply benefit or learn from viewing this performance?