Jeremy McQueen’s dance company, Black Iris Project, have their debut season at New York Live Arts this week - 27 & 28 July. Shanti Crawford spoke with the emerging choreographer about his new company, what drives them and the NY Live Arts bill.
Author - Shanti Crawford
Shanti Crawford lives and teaches engineering to young children in Brooklyn, New York. She has studied ballet, Cunningham technique, and West African dance forms. Her work has appeared in the Village Voice and the Brooklyn Rail.
★★★★✰ "Though the dancing never lost its upbeat energy, the stepping conveyed a seriousness of purpose."
"I feel as though now that I’m older, working smart is the best thing as a dancer and artist. It’s not about NOT trying as hard as when I was younger, but really thinking about things."
On the 13 December 2014, as the Millions March protest - on the shooting of unarmed African-American men by police - was happening in NY, Shanti Crawford was at City Center seeing Alvin Ailey perform Hofesh Shechter's Uprising. It really hit home...