Marc Bamuthi Joseph was a commanding presence at this year’s Black Choreographer’s Festival in San Francisco.
In addition to performing pe-LO-tah, the dance theater piece about global politics and soccer he premiered last fall, the spoken word artist and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts curator shared his new monologue about life under President Trump at the three-weekend-long event.
“The first one hundred days after your heart has been snapped,” Joseph says at the start of his five-minute-long piece. “No. The first hundred days after you spend the first three days crying, after your heart’s been snapped: You’re out of tears, but you feel their echo in your body. You’re vulnerable and out of touch with order, and just hella angry. This president gives me a ‘just got my heart snapped’ feeling.”
Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s essay for KQED, ‘My Art is Not a Bridge–It’s a Battery,’ can be read here.
Read John Wilkins’ review of ‘pe-LO-tah’ and other Black Choreographers Festival highlights here.