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Two kick-ass performance artists team up on a double bill for 2 nites @ Dance Place in Washington, DC || Aug. 4th (8pm) & 5th (7pm)

Saturday, August 4 at 8pm
Sunday, August 5 at 7pm

Creating new work isn't easy. We're asking you to help us by buying advanced tickets to the show and/or making a donation. This kickstarter ensures that we will meet the minimum that goes to Dance Place, have a kick-ass enthusiastic audience, and, at the very least, break even! Not in DC? Well, buy a ticket anyway and we'll donate it to a student or artist! Just let us know.

Your contributions help cover our productions costs: $1,000 venue fee, $300 lighting design, $200 video, $400 guest artists, $100 costumes, $100 props, $100 travel. And $22 for luck!

We are pulling out all the stops to give you an awesome multi-disciplinary performance experience. Email philadiction@gmail.com with your name and the exact date you would like to attend the Dance Place performance. In addition, all donors will be invited to a private wine reception with the artists at a French bistro in Petworth on Thursday, August 2nd 8:30-10:30PM!
*NOTE LOCATION CHANGE*

Keep reading for more details about the show...

Wearing a white hoodie embellished with sequins and black graffiti, Kosoko references Trayvon Martin, angels and Kehinde Wiley’s iconic portraits of black men. Kosoko’s movements, a combination of urban black postures and popular dance moves, play with and against stereotypes of black men.  In Songs to Make Your White Girl Cry (REDUX) (world premiere), Kosoko appears with a blowup doll strapped to his body. Cycling through various personas, he vogues, quotes Heiner Muller’s Hamletmachine, recites a “Pussy Manifesto” and sings original songs—eliciting emotionally charged responses from his audiences.

Bass presents three works combining text and movement. In Hard Work, she explores the distinctions between her grandmother, who worked as a domestic and field hand, and her own life as an artist. Girls In White Dresses transforms innocuous lyrics from the “Sound of Music” into a riff on mental illness and drug abuse. In "sweet science," trails of white powder on the floor creates a soul train line, while R&B classics trigger memories of love and loss. In all three pieces, white talcum powder is used as a potent symbol for addiction/ mental illness, racial difference and generational divides.

The show takes its title from W.E.B. DuBois’ classic Souls of Black Folk in which he writes, “It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness…One ever feels his two-ness,—an American, a Negro; … two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.” 

Visit the Dance Place site for more information. 

About the Artists: 

Holly Bass is a writer, performer and director. Her most recent body of work explores the endless allure of booty – from the Venus Hottentots to video vixens. www.hollybass.com 

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko is co-Director of anonymous bodies, a company based in Philadelphia focused on site-specific work. He has worked with Pig Iron TheatreCompany, Keely Garfield Dance, Miguel Gutierrez and The Powerful People, Headlong Dance Theater, and ThePhiladiction Movement. www.philadiction.org 

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