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Embarqued: Stories of Soil Performance
June 17 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 8:00 pm, repeating until June 18, 2021
Company SBB // Stefanie Batten Bland is an intercontinental dance-theatre company whose interdisciplinary creations question cultural symbolism and the complexities of human relationships. Batten Bland came across the MV African American Heritage Trail during her first residency at The Yard in 2016, and it inspired her new work. Batten Bland has conducted research on the Vineyard in the years since, including in the archives of MVM. The result is Embarqued: Stories of Soil, an installation-based dance-theater work steeped in Island history. Embarqued centers around a performative ship mast that invites reflection and reveals post-colonial foundations and mythology. The work interrogates existing relationships to memorials and calls up African ancestral stories, enabling us to viscerally and holistically connect our country both forwards and backward in space and time and through soil itself.
Batten Bland’s residency will culminate in preview performances of Embarqued outdoors at MVM. Performances will take place on both Thursday, June 17th and Friday, June 18th both at 8pm.
For the month of June, you can also learn more about Batten Bland’s work, and see an object from the Museum’s collection that inspired her in the Cox Gallery.