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Chameleon (A Visual Album)

Chameleon (A Visual Album) | Summer Love-In Festival Online

Composed of several choreopoems, Chameleon (A Visual Album) reimagines grief as a powerful tool for reimagining the Black body as a spiritual site able to conjure environments of unexpected, dynamic, emotional complexity. For this work, Kosoko draws from the term “Biomythography” which refers to Audre Lorde’s foundational work entitled Zami: A New Spelling of My Name published in 1982, which combines history, biography, and myth, and holds a literary perspective that serves as a guiding light for complex narrative storytelling rooted in a queer, Black self-defined, feminist imagination. 

*Film contains nudity, adult themes and language

Times & Dates:
Friday July 16, 2021 at 6pm EDT
*There will be a Q&A following the screening

 Pay-What-You-Can $0-$21
No one will be turned away for a lack of funds. 

Location: On Zoom
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Accessibility: ASL Interpretation, English Subtitles, & Live Transcription by Zoom
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Chameleon is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned by EMPAC / Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY; the New York Live Arts Live Feed Residency program; and the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University, in partnership with Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA), Tanz im August/HAU Hebbel am Ufer, and NPN. New York Live Arts’ Live Feed Residency program is made possible with additional support from the Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council with special thanks to Council Member Corey Johnson, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, the Scherman Foundation, and the Shubert Foundation. Chameleon is also made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional development support for Chameleon was made possible, in part, with commissioning support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, through the Movement Research Artist-in-Residence Program, as well as the Bates Dance Festival, Gibney DiP, pOndersoa, D.O.C.H., Within Practice (Stockholm), the Centre for the Less Good Idea (Johannesburg, South Africa), PassaPorta International House of Literature (Brussels), Studio 303 (Montreal), the National Center for Choreography (Akron, OH), and Red Bull Arts Detroit.

Concept, Choreography, and Performance by Jaamil Olawale Kosoko
Directed by Ima Iduozee and Jaamil Olawale Kosoko
Director of Cinematography Ima Iduozee
Styling by Savonne Whitfield of 27Hangers and jaamil olawale kosoko
Make Up by Joy Taney
Music by LaBelles, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, and Everett Asis Saunders featuring mayfield brooks
Written by Jaamil Olawale Kosoko
Projection Design by Meena Murugesan
Production Management by Jonathan Alexander
Project Management by Tara Sheena
Geoff Abbas – Assistant Director
Mick Bello - B Camera Operator / Focus Puller
Eric Brucker – Digital Information Transfer (DIT)
Bruce Bryne – Master Carpenter/Rigger
Gordon Clement – Production Technician
Isabel Donelson – Assistant Production Technician
Ashley Ferro-Murray – EMPAC Curator for Dance / Theatre
Sara Griffith – Production Technician
Ian Hamelin – Venue Project Manager
Mike Hanrahan – Gaffer
Ryan Jenkins – Director for Photography / SteadiCam Operator
Vicki Kereszi – C Camera Operator
Maxwell Krantz – Assistant Production Technician
Michael Lake – Production Technician
Catherine Loughman – Production Assistant
Jocelyn McConnon – Assistant Production Technician
Stephen McLaughlin – Production Sound Mixer
Samuel O’Connor – Assistant Production Technician
Maria Salmon – Production Technician
Alena Samoray – 2nd Focus Puller
Film Editor – Alexis McCrimmon

Image Description: Jaamil is in the centre sitting on a couch. His eyes are closed and beside him on either side are two hooded figures, who are all draped in the same brown fabric. There are two framed artworks behind them and on either side of the artworks are a pair of small lighting fixtures that are turned off. The wall is coloured beige.

This event is being supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation