Intercultural Journeys: The Artistry of Identity and Transformation
Lela Aisha Jones/Flyground: Native Portals
Native Portals is a two-part movement performance series. An
excerpt from the first part, titled Lynching & Love (2012),
interprets first exposures to noose lynching as experienced by the artists in
the work. The second part, titled Release Mourning Clearing, is a
premiere. It conjures and translates, through dance, text, soundscapes,
and live music, a tapestry of ritual practices rising from black diasporic
experiences of activism, witnessing, reconciliation, and restoration.
Estimated performance length is 90 minutes.
Please be advised this show contains socially and physically charged, intense language and gesture. Please bring children under 14 years of age at your own discretion.
Lela Aisha Jones is a native of Tallahassee, FL who resides in Philadelphia, PA. She is the founder of FlyGround, her creative home, where she cultivates her diasporic movement practice and artistry. Mostly an activist in her artistic practice and performance, she recently took her work to the streets as the lead centralizer/organizer for marches and social actions through Dancing for Justice Philadelphia in solidarity with the movement concerning Black lives. Lela is an Artist in Residence at the Community Education Center, a Headlong Dance Theater Incubated Artist, a 2013 Dance USA Philadelphia Rocky Awardee, a 2015 Leeway Foundation Transformation Awardee and a member of the inaugural 2015 Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellows designed by leaders at the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute in NYC.