Abidel shares their experience traveling with SQFC’s performing company, 2Q, as they performed for and engaged with their community through Puerto Rican music and dance lecture demonstrations.
Abdiel details the warm welcome they received into the movements, rhythms, sounds, and community of SQFC and their performance company 2Q.
In their second post, Abdiel outlines the materials they encountered creating the SQFC inventory and shares highlights and photos of special materials they found.
In her final blog post, Laila Franklin discusses the somewhat untraditional development of the inventory and AirTable database system for Jennifer Harge’s archive.
Blair Black reflects on JazzAntiqua’s early days, first as The Dance Collective, in L.A.’s Leimert Park neighborhood, and how to ensure the archive tells the history of this Afrodiasporic artistic organization and community.
Bethany Greenho dives into the legacy of and materials related to “Southland,” a dance choreographed by Katherine Dunham and important to the history of CPRD and Black arts in America.
Laila Franklin interviews Jennifer Harge about the background and artistic vision for her archive project.
Bethany describes balancing archival theory with the everyday needs of a dance company to build their inventory, and expanding her idea about “archival value” to ensure Cleo’s voice and practice are reflected in the archive.
In her first blog post, Laila explores two guiding questions: “How do we simultaneously share and protect the work of Black, queer, radical women? How do we approach a process of archiving in service to eventual artistic goals?”