Black Magic Dance
Time & Location
About The Event
NOMA visitors should assemble outside the museum’s front entrance at 5 pm. The dance performance will begin outdoors and the audience will follow the dancers into the Great Hall.
Edward Spots developed "Black Magic," for NOMA in celebration of the opening night of "Bodies of Knowledge" in collaboration with Donna Crump. Unfolding in five distinct dance movements, "Black Magic" explores black cultural identity through dance and the body. Investigating a range of topics from suffering, to beauty, to joy, this original work will depict joy as a form of resistance to dominant depictions of the black experience, and consider what is often forgotten and omitted from prevalent representations of black life. Considering the body as a carrier of cultural memory, this performance considers movement as a language that can call forth the many different histories our bodies keep. Black Magic will be performed by Spots, collaborator Donald Crump, and twelve youth dancers from Dancing Grounds, a New Orleans-based nonprofit organization that builds community through dance with programs that work at the intersection of arts, education, and social justice.
New Orleans native and New Orleans School of Ballet faculty member, Edward Spots is an internationally renowned dancer, choreographer, and actor who co-starred in Garrett Bradley’s film "America".