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Melancholy: A White Mellow Drama is a devised choreography/performance work. This work materializes “white” as it pertains to embodiment, the materiality of race and its institutional heft. Platonov, a figure of the melodramatic tradition is used as a point of departure from which dancer Thibault Lac performs a mash-up of embodiments and texts. Symbolically referential and playfully so, this work elusively dances around myriad meanings and identifications. Carrying with it a paradox of imagery and imagination, a social critique for social mourning unfolds. Melan-choly – dark sadness is reimagined.
Sourced and inspired by Jean Genet’s play “The Blacks: A Clown Show,” Sara Ahmed’s “Willful Subjects” and W.E.B. Du Bois’s “The Souls of White Folk.”
This is the third work in a trilogy preceded by Sorrow Swag in blue and Minor Matter in red, which interrogate race, representation, melancholy and grief.
Concept/choreography: Ligia Lewis
Performed by: Thibault Lac
Musical Arrangement: WYNN (of Twin Shadow)
Musical Accompaniment: Patrick Belega
This project is made possible thanks to the generous support of France Los Angeles Exchange (FLAX) and French-US Exchange in Dance (FUSED).
French-US Exchange in Dance, a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, and FACE Foundation, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Florence Gould Foundation, and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.