Unit 5 Post 2 by Sarah

For me, I think what the performers conveyed in “Black Girl Linguistic Play” exceeds simply talking about race and gender and looking beyond it. Like what the performers explained after the dance, the story in the dance is not about racial conflicts, but about sisterhood, mother and child. The story is perceiving every one equal, as human beings in a society, with relationships that everyone has across cultures. And I think I am understanding the sense of “healing” in the piece, because by going beyond the conflicts and seeing what is common deep down, it almost feels like a unite, an appeal to more understanding.

My question is, how can we “decipher” movement? There are a lot of motifs that are repeating in the piece, like raising the head, combing the hair, spreading out the arm and drawing circles on the chest while raising the right hand. Sometimes you can grasp what they might be implying but some are also very culturally specific. Sometimes you need language to help understand the movement. Also, I know that the piece is inviting the audience to project themselves into the broad picture, but what is the relationship between the audience, especially as someone who is not that familiar with the culture, and the choreographer? Or does it really matter? And when we are watching a performance, or other kinds of abstract art, does it really matter to understand the work?

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