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Silver Linings: A Community Conversation

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Silver Linings: A Community Conversation
w/ Kendra J. Ross & Emily Smith, artists in residence

By Donation: $5-$20


In our personal lives and especially in this political, social, and environmental time, loss in unavoidable. Whether it be loss of home, of a loved one, of an ideology, or rights we experience it everyday. Loss becomes the focus, and it’s amplified by a steady influx of media. But rarely is attention given to the ways we move through loss and gains we experience as part of loss. Come join us as we celebrate our resilience and growth through facilitated conversations, movement experiences, and creative expressions on how we move through loss. Share your stories and experiences and get some new methods for turning lemons, and sometimes, coal, into lemonade.


About the Artists:

Kendra Ross is a proud Detroit native working as a dancer, teaching artist, choreographer, facilitator and community organizer in her current home, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. As a dancer in New York City, Kendra has worked with Urban Bush Women, Andrea E. Woods/ Souloworks, Vissi Dance Theater, Motion Sickness with Monstah Black, MBDance, Moving Spirits Dance Company, and as a guest artist with Oyu Oro. In 2013 she also danced in a European tour with DJ Kid Koala in Vinyl Vaudville 2.0. Kendra is currently a company member of Ase Dance Theater Collective. Kendra’s choreographic work has been presented at the Detroit Performing Arts High School, Joffrey Summer Intensive, Halftime Performances at Florida A&M University, the off Broadway show 7 Sins, and Greenwich Museu de Arte in Salvador, Brazil. Her community work began as a member of Urban Bush Women’s B.O.L.D Network co-teaching dance workshops and co-facilitating community engagement workshops. Along with sharing her art world-wide, Kendra serves as the Founder and Director of STooPS, an outdoors-based community building event that uses art as a catalyst to strengthen ties between different entities in Bed-Stuy and Director of Programs and Artist Development at Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance. www.kendrajross.com

Emily Smith Smith combines sculptural elements with the movement arts to create “kinetic sculptures” or to invoke specific surreal performance environments. In this residency, Smith will create a new work, facilitate two dance, drink and draw classes, and a six part dance film series in collaboration with artist Lucy Kerr. www.notforretale.com

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