Let 'im Move You: This Is a Formation

jumatatu m. poe

2017
$60,000

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Jumamtu M. Poe, Let ‘im Move You: This Is a Success, performed by Jumatatu M. Poe and William Robinson at La Mama Moves! Dance Festival. Photo by Theo Cote.

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Jumatatu M. Poe, Let 'im Move You: A Study, performed by Jumatatu M. Poe, William Robinson, and Jermone "Donte" Beacham at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. Photo by Ryan Collerd.

Choreographer jumatatu m. poe will collaborate with Jermone “Donte” Beacham to create Let 'im Move You: This Is a Formation, a new dance work drawing from J-Sette, a dance form with origins in southern drill teams, made popular in the gay African American club scene. “The work is in conversation with those interested in Black aesthetics, and J-Sette's role within that,” says Poe, a 2012 Pew Fellow. “With J-Sette, I seek intersections with structures and sensibilities I create as a contemporary choreographer.” Poe has been developing a series of projects around this dance form with Beacham, a significant figure in the J-Sette community, since 2013. Let 'im Move You will examine the idea of “team” in performance and will bring together a group of J-Sette artists from Dallas, TX and contemporary dancers from Philadelphia. The piece will incorporate live, manipulated video design and live DJ-ing that will transform familiar, rhythmic pop and club beats into non-traditional time signatures. Poe and Beacham will also stage pop-up, outdoor performances and will work with the Attic Youth Center on an event discussing social and club dance and musical forms as they relate to club and art spaces.

Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.