BY SARAH CROWELL | PHOTO BY KERRY KEHOE
COLLAPSING TU I NMREA/ VELING SUPREMACY: A LETTER FROM THE FUTURE
by SARAH CROWELL
About me I’m a 56-year-old queer, Black biracial woman.
I grew up in a world where art, social justice, and everyday life were seamlessly intertwined. My mother is an African American arts educator, portrait painter and anti-racism activist. My father was a white professor of ethics and social justice movements. When I wasn’t in school, I was taking ballet classes, learning the lyrics to my favorite musical, or painting an abstract work on an easel that my mother had set up for me. I was also creating, directing, and star- ring in neighborhood dance productions (tutus and all). I trained in ballet, modern, and jazz dance in my youth, and then performed for dance companies that resonated with my passion for social justice as a young adult. After dancing with the Perform- ing Arts Ensemble and Impulse Jazz Dance Company in Boston, I moved to San Francisco to perform with the Dance Brigade, a fem- inist dance/theater troupe. I performed and toured with them for 8 years. I also co-directed and performed with a dance/theater com- pany called i am! Productions that created work around multiracial identity through movement and storytelling.
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In Dance | May 2014 | dancersgroup.org
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