Musings on A Dance Between Dana Franklin and Millie-Christine

15665413_225431087898181_4994969504733156251_n-oneI love performances that keep me thinking about them long after they’re over. I alluded to this here on the blog when I saw Dana Michele: Yellow Towel and Okwui Okpokwasili’s Bronx Gothic at the Contemporary Arts Center. It recently happened again after I watched Napoleon Maddox workshop “A Dance Between Dana Franklin and Millie-Christine” at Chase Public last week. Continue reading “Musings on A Dance Between Dana Franklin and Millie-Christine”

Napoleon Maddox Talks About “A Dance Between Dana Franklin and Millie-Christine”

napoWe recently talked to Midwest BSFA member Napoleon Maddox about his Dec. 18 event “A Dance Between Dana Franklin and Millie-Christine,” a performance that will merge the real lives of Millie-Christine McKoy (subjects of his upcoming show, Twice the First Time) with Octavia Butler’s science fiction character, Dana, from the novel KindredContinue reading “Napoleon Maddox Talks About “A Dance Between Dana Franklin and Millie-Christine””

Dana Michel: Yellow Towel

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Before Dana Michel’s first performance of Yellow Towel at the Contemporary Arts Center this week, a friend of mine emailed a group of women in a local natural hair group to say we should all see this production because it’s about “a poem about hair.” That didn’t exactly end up being true. After seeing Yellow Towel, I don’t think it’s so much “about” hair as it is about how society boxes us in and/or locks us out. Continue reading “Dana Michel: Yellow Towel”