MeMoSa: Disappearing Acts @ 50 with LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs
For this Media Movement Salon, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs continues Disappearing Acts @ 50, first presented at The 8th Floor Gallery in 2018, this is a multi-media performance which comments on feminism and misogyny - in the time of COVID - through a meditation composed of text, song lyrics, and movement. This performance will feature Algerian dancer and North African dance educator Esraa Warda. In her poetry, Diggs ruminates on the erasure that black and brown female bodies (of advanced years) encounter within society, the temporal nature of identity, and what it means to be a woman of color entering her 50s.
A writer, vocalist and performance/sound artist, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs is the author of TwERK (Belladonna, 2013). Diggs has presented and performed at California Institute of the Arts, El Museo del Barrio, The Museum of Modern Art, and Walker Art Center and at festivals including: Explore the North Festival, Leeuwarden, Netherlands; Hekayeh Festival, Abu Dhabi; International Poetry Festival of Copenhagen; Ocean Space, Venice; International Poetry Festival of Romania; Question of Will, Slovakia; Poesiefestival, Berlin; and the 2015 Venice Biennale. As an independent curator, artistic director, and producer, Diggs has presented events for BAMCafé, Black Rock Coalition, El Museo del Barrio, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, and the David Rubenstein Atrium. Diggs has received a 2020 C.D. Wright Award for Poetry from the Foundation of Contemporary Art, a Whiting Award (2016) and a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship (2015), as well as grants and fellowships from the Howard Foundation, Cave Canem, Creative Capital, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission, among others. She lives in Harlem.
Esraa Warda is a North African performance and teaching artist, creator of the North African Radical Education Project and the The Chaâb Lab. Having grown up between Brooklyn and Algeria, she was introduced to dance within informal women's spaces and weddings and was quickly acknowledged as a talented dancer within her community and family. Esraa has always been involved in the NYC "underground" North African culture scene since youth but now professionally teaches and performs Moroccan Chaabi and other Algerian dances such as Rai, Chaoui, Kabyle, and Allaoui. Her dance style and teaching methods are non-commercial and focused on the "transmission" of body knowledge mirroring the same way she learned - through women's dance circles. Her dance principles focus on legacy, that we should leave behind dance artistry that is valuable to the transformation and evolution of culture. Esraa hopes to keep North African dance authentic and reflective of how her people dance back home.
Cover Image: Brooklyn Performance, 2019