While in Greensboro, my class had the opportunity to watch Camille A. Brown’s Black Girl Linguistics. I feel like the performance showed the different multitudes of black girls, and how the same types of movements ran through all of them. It was easy for me to see the kinds of relationships between different dancers in different scenes through movement alone: friends, sisters, a mother and daughter. It might have been a way to thwart the stereotypes that only a certain kind of black girl moved like that, or the surface interpretations of that kind of dance.
I’m curious about many of the added sounds in the performance, like the voices in the beginning, or the swooshing sounds of the legs. What did they represent? Were they a reflection of finding the right movements to connect with one’s self? With one’s past?