Diverseworks presents The School for the Movement of the Technicolor People
The School for the Movement of the Technicolor People is a five-week exhibition and temporary school that begins with Meadow, a movement choir performance on opening night involving a looping, repeating score. Throughout the five weeks, the gallery will be set up as a classroom for research into a series of ongoing questions: What is a Black dance curriculum today? What does the city of Houston need that dance or movement can answer? and What do we want to see a place like DiverseWorks offer the city of Houston?
The School… is made up of paggett, Hunt, Zumpfe, and members from the WXPT company in LA, as well as newly recruited company members from Houston: Adam Castaneda, Celestina Billington, Brittani Broussard, Caleb Fields, Abijan Johnson, Autumn Knight, Rosine Kouamen, Eternal Lokumbe, Norola Morgan, Lovie Olivia, and Kenneth Owens. Across the collaborators’ many different backgrounds and positions lies a shared interest in the meaning of a Black and queer space at this historical moment, placing questions and urgencies at the center of this curriculum and collaborative artwork.
The project began in 2015 in Los Angeles after paggett formed WXPT, a one-year intentional dance company. paggett’s idea was to shift the ways people of color and queer individuals are positioned within the dance field. She and the company—formed of both trained and untrained dancers—sought to forge new economies through resistance and togetherness utilizing the concept of a dance company.