jumatatu m. poe and Jermone Donte Beacham
This Is a Formation is the latest dance performance project in jumatatu m. poe and Jermone Donte Beacham’s Let ‘im Move You series, a collection of performance and visual works centered around the artists’ explorations with the J-Sette form. Formation brings together seven Black dancers, a DJ, and a lighting designer as performers for the work. The audience travels within the performance space with relative freedom, sharing the same spaces as performers. Live captured video design elements will focus on hyper-close-up capture of the performers for display on hanging panels throughout the space.
This is a move. This is a deep spinal curve on top of a high booty. This is a game, and the rhythm is key. This is luminous black and smooth brown and hard yellow skin tones. This is an alien, and that is a fairy. This is a movement; we did not start it. This is a stomp through the floor, and a buck across the universe. This is an invitation for you to amplify the respect, curiosity, and love you find in our shared space. This is exquisitely normal. This is so queer, it’s inside out. This is a show for the family, with nudity and sexual themes. This is rigorous beauty. This is a formation.
Please follow the project on instagram at @_move_you_ for additional performance events that will happen in various neighborhoods in Philadelphia.
artistic direction by jumatatu m. poe
choreography and styling by jumatatu m. poe and Jermone Donte Beacham
performance by Jermone Donte Beacham, jumatatu m. poe, LaKendrick Davis, Maria Bauman, Nikolai McKenzie, Sanchel Brown, William Robinson
sound, text and vocal compositions by jumatatu m. poe
sound design and DJ performance by Zen Jefferson
video installation by Wendell Cooper
lighting design and technical direction by Juan “Coel” Rodriguez
panel design and costume consultation by Precious Lovell
provocation by Thomas F. DeFrantz
ethical artistry guidance by Shani Akilah
producing and tour management by Marýa Wethers
The creation of Let ‘im Move You: This is a Formation was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage; The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN) Creation & Development Fund co-commissioned by Painted Bride Art Center in partnership with Bates Dance Festival, Arthur Aviles Typical Theatre DBA BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Abrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement, Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Dance Place, PICA (Portland Institute for Contemporary Art), and NPN/VAN; Independence Foundation; and the Sacatar Foundation.
The development of Let ‘im Move You: This is a Formation was made possible, in part, by the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University. Production residency funded by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional production support and residency provided by EMPAC / Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. Additional residency support provided by South Dallas Cultural Center.