A New Decade of Dance Films: Screenings by Kierah KIKI King and Patricia Nguyen

Columbia College Dance Center

About The Event

This event is free at the Dance Center (1306. S. Michigan Ave.), though advanced registration is required via Eventbrite.

In Fruitful Devotion (2023), dance choreographer and Columbia College Chicago alum Kierah KIKI King explores ideas of body and self-intimacy through a lens of Black queerness, observing and understanding how to authentically love. Fruitful Devotion is currently on view in the LOVE: Still Not the Lesser exhibition led by MoCP Associate Curator Asha Iman Veal. KIKI will also screen Act ll Scene ll along with Black Women Why.

Patricia Nguyen’s newest sensorial experimentation and haptic performance work Creating Worlds with My Mother (2023) features the artist and her mother, Thuy Ta, exploring the aftermath of war, inherited trauma, intergenerational healing, refugee resettlement, and queer worldmaking. This is the premiere of Creating Worlds with My Mother.

This talk will be moderated by Chicago-based burlesque artist Jenn Freeman also known as Po’Chop who uses elements of dance, storytelling, and striptease to create performances and inspire students and collaborators across the country.

Following the screening of the films Jenn Po’Chop Freeman will lead a conversation with the artists and then open it up a Q&A with the audience. Then KIKI and at least one of the dancers from Fruitful Devotion will offer a participatory workshop around the improvisation prompts and scores KIKI used to create the movement captured in the film.

Screenings, discussion, performance, and workshop are at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago – 1306 S. Michigan Ave. The artists’ bios are also on the Eventbrite link.