From iconic gestures such as the Black Power salute during the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, to the more contemporary kneeling stance taken by many professional sports athletes during the National Anthem, the notion of black radical gesture as protest has been strategically used on a local, national and global scale.
The Dap, arguably the most socially significant black radical gesture, originated during the late 1960s among black G.I.s stationed in the Pacific during the Vietnam War. At a time when the Black Power movement was burgeoning, racial unrest was prominent in American cities, and draft reforms sent tens of thousands of young African Americans into combat, the dap, an acronym for "dignity and pride", became an important symbol of unity and survival in a racially turbulent atmosphere.
On February 1st and 2nd, 2019 the piece Dapline!, created by LaMont Hamilton and Andre Zachery, will be performed at the August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Dapline! is a choreographic work that explores the history of the Dap with 6-8 African American male performers. Through movement, sound and visuals, Dapline! attempts to elicit that space in between, where the dap moves intergenerationally, stirring sensations of love, brotherhood and solidarity.
Organized by independent curator Jessica Gaynelle Moss, 'In the Tradition of Black Radical Gestures', will present the creators of Dapline!, LaMont Hamilton and Andre Zachery, in uniquely intimate conversational environments about their Dapline! performance at the August Wilson Center.
The post-performance artist talks will be presented on Sunday, February 3rd and 4th.
On Sunday, February 3rd, the artist-run non-profit residency and experimental gallery, Bunker Projects on Penn Ave. will present a dialogue with Dapline! creators Hamilton and Zachery in conversation with independent curators Tara Fay and Jessica Moss.
And, on Monday, February 4th, the Center for the Arts in Society at Carnegie Mellon University will present a post-performance, in depth talk back with Dapline! creators Hamilton and Zachery.
These two events, will highlight the unique qualitative and quantitative research practices and methodology involved in the making of Dapline! while exploring the challenges of working within a continuously evolving narrative of black gesture as a mode of resistance in the face of systemic oppression.