In the world of dance very rarely do you see the energy, masculinity, and prowess of a company comprised of predominantly African-American male dancers and choreographers. As a result the stories of these men often go untold. There is a void. Daryl Foster and Terry Slade, two highly gifted choreographers are filling that void through an all male dance production titled "LIFT".
Foster and Slade have assembled some of the finest choreographers and dancers Atlanta has to offer for a one night only performance May 15th on the Hertz Stage at The Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta.
Utilizing ballet, contemporary, modern, and hip-hop choreography to explore spirituality, politics, sexuality, masculinity, fatherhood and community, "LIFT is a project whose time has come," says Foster.
"I'm excited about the fact that I can finally tell my own story", Foster tells loldarian.com. So I think what this is about...it's not about showcasing same gender loving; it's about black men being able to tell their stories...the stories that they share with other black men straight or gay".
Loldarian.com will be following the creative process of LIFT from rehearsal to opening night and will be providing behind the scenes footage and dancer interviews from this groundbreaking work over the next few weeks.
Watch Daryl Foster discuss the inspiration for LIFT and the six pillars that are the backbone of this theatrical experience in the video below.
Photography: Lynne Cymone