Beyond Words

Black Like Me

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Wed Nov 20 2019 7:30pm
Telus Studio Theatre
Thu Nov 21 2019 12:30pm
Telus Studio Theatre

An Exploration of the Word N——–

A poignant and pointed look at historic and ongoing oppression, Black Like Me demands that we confront our own privileges, prejudices, and deeply-ingrained wounds. Is it possible to redefine a blood-soaked term that was intended to dehumanize a people? How can a word so connected to racialized violence take on such subjectivity both within and outside of Black communities?

Seattle-based dance artist and choreographer Jade Solomon Curtis has been praised for her “silky lyricism and internal calm that is marvelous to watch” (NYC Dance). Her latest multidisciplinary work combines physical, verbal, visual, and sonic languages to address the impact and resonance of racism from five varying perspectives. Featuring “distinct, developed characters, exquisite technique, and soulful presence” (SeattleDances), Curtis uses African, jazz, tap, ballet, musical theatre, and club dance vocabularies with emotion and razor-sharp purpose. This solo performance was built with collaborations from a team of activist-artists whose forward-thinking music, video, and lighting contributions create a layered, immersive experience. Black Like Me raises important questions about language, history, and power through the lens of a singularly charged word.

"Enough cannot be said for Jade Solomon Curtis, she dances with a silky lyricism and an internal calm that is marvelous to watch. When she is on stage you cannot take your eyes off her.”
NYC Dance

Please note that the previously scheduled 12pm show on Thu Nov 21 has been moved 30 minutes later and now starts at 12:30pm. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Content warning: Please be advised that this performance contains graphic language and themes that may be of a disturbing or upsetting nature. 
Buy tickets
Wed Nov 20 2019 7:30pm
Telus Studio Theatre
Thu Nov 21 2019 12:30pm
Telus Studio Theatre
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