ELECTRIC Slide and Other Sacred Geometries
A work of ethnographic performance by Trent D. Williams, Jr. and Mr. Kenya (Robinson)
Inspired by Ancient Egyptian Mysticism, YouTube initiates, and American ritual spaces, such as the Black Family Reunion, artists Trent Williams, Jr. and Mr. Kenya (Robinson) are investigating the hermeneutical possibilities of line dancing. The contemporary practice of line dancing is dynamically inter-generational, gender inclusive, and parallel to forms that are culturally diverse (i.e The Texas Honky Tonk, Bollywood dance breaks, etc).
The artists propose a 1-4 week residency to creatively document existing line dances, investigate unlikely dance spaces (vacant racquetball courts, skate parks, retails stores, etc.), and consult with a Houston-based metaphysician. These private consultations will be used to craft a new line dance for Lil Duval’s, “Smile Bitch (Living My Best Life)”, in keeping with universal principles. The results will be shared via streaming video and on social media.
Houston, Texas will be the first among a growing list of sites including, but not limited to, Detroit, Tokyo, Atlanta, Cape Town, and Jacksonville. The artists also intend to create a small book published in print, and available on digital platforms, detailing their findings and sharing the resulting choreography through a created system of symbols.
About the Artists
Trent Williams, Jr. a native Houstonian received his MFA in Dance Performance & Choreography from The Florida State University and BA in Psychology from Morehouse College. Mr. Williams was a founding member of Urban Souls Dance Company in Houston, Texas and he has been a guest artist with Tallahassee Ballet in Tallahassee, FL, as well as EDGEWORKS Dance Theatre in Washington, DC. Currently an Assistant Professor for the School of Theatre and Dance at The University of Florida, Mr. Williams has served as a faculty member at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), University of Trinidad & Tobago, Howard Community College, Howard University Division of Fine Arts and Johns Hopkins Estelle Dennis/ Peabody Dance Training Program for Boys.
Mr. Kenya (Robinson) is a community-taught artist from Gainesville, Florida. A socialite, philanthropist, international southerner, mischief maker and self-described shit-starter, (Robinson) investigates gender, consumerism, and ability through unexpected performative actions and sculptural gestures. In 2018, (Robinson) won the Florida Prize in Contemporary Art, presented by The Orlando Museum of Art and is a past Creative Capital Awardee. Her sculptural work has been exhibited at Pioneer Works, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Aljira and the 60 Wall Street Gallery of Deutsche Bank. Her sculpture, Commemorative Headdress of Her Journey Beyond Heaven, was acquired by the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture for their permanent collection in 2014.