I Dream of Greenwood

University of Oklahoma, World Literature

A contemporary dance piece in commemoration of the children who survived the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and shared their stories with activist and educator Eddie Faye Gates for her book: Riot on Greenwood: The Total Destruction of Black Wall Street, 1921.

Education, Art
Spring 2021

The Opportunity

To partner and collaborate with creatives in different fields to visually and audibly represent first-person accounts of Tulsa Race Massacre survivors. It was an opportunity for us as a company to actively listen and advocate for black voices and black art.

Our Solution

As much as we had a hand in visually capturing the choreography of Marie Casimir & J’aime Griffith, our “solution” was to take a back seat and let them steer us in the right direction. They were patient, kind, and honest with their critiques during the production and post-production process. We had them involved through the entire process so that they could speak truth into the final product and feel like as black artists, representing tragedy in the black community, their voice was authentic.

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