Chimeric Whiteness, Or Nightmares Passing as Normal
Collaborators Tuli Bera, Ogie Iyahen, angela Luem, Alana Parekh, Haydee Souffrant, and Megan Young explore how we speak on, navigate, dismantle, and imagine beyond systemic racism in collective physical practice. This process began as rehearsal for Cloud of Whiteness and quickly claimed authority of process over product. It continues as a journey without arrival.
In the United States, whiteness takes chimeric and overlapping form as systemic privilege, physical presentation, or imagined superiority. Codified Western dance forms developed in consort with colonial ideals and reinforce those systems of inequality. Together, we seek to unravel ways of operating within institutionally white spaces while not accepting or perpetuating harmful patterns.
The project text, distilled from collective conversations, accompanies the ensemble performance as an invitation for reflection and response.