There’s still time to sign up for plenty more JOY!
April 3 was the kick off for a month long collaboration “Creating Space for Joy,” a new project by two outstanding Buffalo artists, Naila Ansari and Maquis “Ten Thousand” Burton who build a multidisciplinary work in process that imagines the performance of joy.
Held at UB Arts Collaboratory The Space Between, “Creating Space for Joy” builds upon an improvisational practice deriving from African American experiences that connects the virtual and physical world to explore joy. Naila and Marquis combine artists interviews, community discussions, and multimedia art to create an interactive archivable documentation of joy.
Also part of the project support team are artists Tara Sasiadek whose work is featured in the creative space where performances take place. Paulette Harris directs and develops the projections. Other support teams include Fitz Books and Waffles (just next door for booklist and giveaways) and the Buffalo Documentary Project who will capture the entire process. “We are honored and excited to perform, receive and share joy here in Buffalo, ” said Ansari who added she looks forward to collecting joy from the community on Saturdays.
The Saturday sessions are being held at UB Arts Collaboratory at 431 Ellicott Street with remaining dates of April 17, 24 and May 1 from 5-9pm and May 8 from 12-9pm.
Registration is required to participate in this actual work in progress at thebuffalospace.com and you can also find a link to registration at themovementofjoy.com The performances will be recorded live and also saved and made available for people to view at a later date on both websites.
Naila Ansari is an award-winning choreographer, director and performing artist who has merged artistry and scholarship to build and create works through community and collaborative processes that facilitate conversations on race and Black performance.(stay tuned for her forthcoming book The Movement of Joy)
Marquis “Ten Thousand” Burton is a visual artist, educator and decorate poet who has coached the Buffalo poetry teams at the National Poetry Slams to Top 10 finishes has has partnered with Naila Ansari since 2019 to create immersive interactive dance and poetry experiences that explore joy in play, resistance, community and self.
Go to register to be a participant in your joyful expressions at thebuffalospace.com
image provided by artists pr