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Renaissance Gyal

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“Renaissance Gyal” is a choreographic work, set on a cast of five Black women, that explores the ways in which Black women have set a precedence for culture in America, while simultaneously being erased. In “Renaissance Gyal” the term Black is used heterogeneously. The Black women of “Renaissance Gyal” encompass the experiences of those of Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latina, Afro-American and African heritage who have come to live in America and it is their stories that are told throughout the piece. Renaissance Gyal is a reflection of  how American Blackness is a melting pot of many different cultures that unite under the term of Blackness. Drawing upon our shared collective histories, we will explore the following questions in “Renaissance Gyal”: How is culture created? How is culture passed down generationally? How is culture brought over on a boat or a plane? What parts of our generational culture persist and what parts are lost?

Join us in the garden to celebrate Black women's friendship, stories, joy, and contributions to American culture through dance and music.

Choreographer & Executive Producer: Lauren Horn// Subira Vs. Movement.

Performers and Collaborators: Chantal Edwards-Matthew, Lauren Horn, Jasmine McPherson and Loren Milledge

Party DJ: Michelle Bee

Co-Producer: Jasmin Agosto, Sageseeker Productions

Our Renaissance Gyal Summer Series is made possible in major part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council through the fiscal sponsorship of HartBeat Ensemble. The project is also supported by the Connecticut Office of the Arts in partnership with MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program (A4A), the Richard P. Garmany Fund at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving via Connecticut Landmarks, and individual donations through supporters of our film screenings. The piece was created though the Free Center's Independent Artist Fund Grant in 2022, and it's continual development is funded in part by New England Foundation for the Arts’ New England Dance Fund, with generous support from the Aliad Fund at the Boston Foundation.

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