Studio Session of “Second Line Aesthetic” with Guest Artist, Michelle Gibson on Sunday, 27 July at Exadans. All images by Maria Nunes, New Waves! Photographer-in-Residence.
Second Line Aesthetic with Michelle Gibson
A unique class taught in informal settings, the studio and through procession in Jacmel. Gibson’s “second line aesthetic” involves improvised movement, brass music and the embrace of communal ritual. We examine how specific movements like bucking, musical instrumentation like brass band compositions, and the improvisations of community members are central aspects of Second Line Aesthetic. We will process from Africa, through the Caribbean and into Congo Square through an exploration of New Orleans dance history and dance with live musicians.
Michelle N. Gibson Choreographer, educator, and performing artist, received her BFA in Dance from Tulane University and her MFA in Dance from Hollins University/ the American Dance Festival at Duke University. A native of New Orleans, Michelle is currently a freelance artist, adjunct professor at Brookhaven College, artist in residence with the South Dallas Cultural Center and Artistic Director for the Dallas Youth Repertory Project and Exhibit Dance Collective. For four years, Michelle has been on the faculty of the American Dance Festival. She has also been on faculty with the Dance Theatre of Harlem Summer Intensive in New York. Michelle has also conducted numerous master classes, intensives, scholarship auditions, and lecture demonstrations throughout the U.S. with a focus on Afro-Modern techniques and Traditional New Orleans Second Line aesthetic. Michelle has toured and performed throughout Germany and Japan. In 2013 Michelle was awarded a NPN (National Performance Network) Creation Fund Grant. She is presently working in collaboration with composer Jason Davis, dramaturge Jonathan Norton and film maker Lauren Wood on a one women dance theater work entitled, Takin’ It To The Roots. The work explores and investigates the ancestral and improvisational impulse of the New Orleans black community as it pertains to the traditional dance of New Orleans, the Second Line. This one women work will be accompanied by a live brass band supporting the true essence of the culture. The performance work will premiere in 2015 in Dallas TX and in New Orleans in 2016, leading up to residencies and performances throughout the US and aboard. Michelle’s greatest achievement in life is being the mother artist of two beautiful children.
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