Martyr Fiction is an exploration of dreams, fantasy, and visions amidst a reality we cannot escape. Dreams are for those who can afford them. Rooted in what we know, we can only stretch our conscious imagination as far as we understand. Yet, sometimes, we experience sudden wake-up calls when we are fully conscious. What are the night terrors and dreams of an African American? Who are the stars of these dreams? In uprisings, lucid dreaming, and endless loops, we unveil the possibility of imagination and the individual–through movement, script, and sound score. What parts of reality do we succumb to or finally confront?
ABOUT KAYLA FARRISH/Decent Structure Arts
Kayla Farrish/Decent Structure Arts is an emerging company combining filmmaking, photography, and dance. She’s received three choreographic commissions: Of Bones Dance (2014) and Houses on the Moon Theater Company (2016), and Danspace (2019). She co-choreographed Gods and Accepting Darkness with Nik Owens (2015). Studying photography and film with Yara Travesio, Benjamin Heller, and Brooklyn Central, she created Beloved Loveless portraits, premiered With Delicacy and Permanence interdisciplinary solo, and formed 5 short films through Chez Bushwick Residency in 2017. In 2018, she developed live works: Wager/With grit From, Grace, Black Bodies Sonata, and Why I Can’t Hold Strangers performing at Judson Church, Danspace, BAAD!, and other spaces. She produced Spectacle Film and Live Performance evening length work through Pepatian DYF Residency. In 2019, she is creating The New Frontier Film and (My Dear America) pt.1 live work through Keshet MSE program, BAX Summer Space Grant, Petronio Residency Center, and Danspace Fall Commision. Following, Farrish will share excerpts at BAX Fall Space Grant Showcase December 2019 and Belinda McGuire’s OFFSET Dance Festival. She looks forward to the new upcoming creation through Gibney’s New Voices: Spotlight Commission in March 2020!
New Voices: Spotlight is generously supported by the Jerome Foundation.
Photo by Emilee Harney.
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