Aliyah Dunn-Salahuddin speaks with Luke Williams about working at the intersection of dance and history in academia. The two discuss overlooked histories of Black creative work; alternative methodologies for scholarship; and the importance of memory and ritual in artistic and academic endeavors.
The all-Ratmansky program leading up to this premiere displayed ABT’s breadth, but also a conundrum—how to remain relevant while keeping the old classics fresh?
deadbird + can anybody help me hold this body? is a reflection on devynn emorys time as a COVID-19 hospice nurse and the American aversion to grief, death, and bodies in transition. emory brings their whole self into the piece, exposing the transitional nature of all people, especially those who are dying.