Special thanks to Jeaunita Ìfẹ́wándé Château Weathersby Olówè and for mentoring me through the process and Hannah Duvall for letting me use her phone for this project!
Choreographer's Note: The stories of those who came before us are captivating. Indeed, stories reveal human survival since the beginning of time. We feel connected to these stories of resilience and perseverance. This piece examines the stories of overwhelming challenge endured through transatlantic migration and the establishment of the American experiment. Stories from the past of violence, domination, destruction, and force that foretold the challenges we have today. Dave Eggars reminds us that the erection of The State of Liberty was an act to symbolize action, pursuit, and a never-ending physical commitment to justice from these violent acts. Eggar humanizes this collective power, and calls us to use it. As poet laureate Amanda Gorman summarized in her poem "The Hill We Climb" read during the inauguration of President Biden "...being American is more than a pride we inherit, it's the past we step into, and how we repair it. For while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us."