Spotlight: Chiron in Leo by J. Bouey
May. 28, 2021, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EDT
$10 – $20
May 28-29, 7:00 – 9:00 PM EDT
Suggested Cost: $15
Sliding Scale Options: $10, $15, $20
Online Film Premiere & Discussion
Co-Presented by Gibney and JACK
Curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa for Gibney’s New Voices: Spotlight series, and by JACK as part of Stacy Grossfield’s Images // Landscapes series
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Chiron in Leo
As conversations of mental health and generational trauma become more widely discussed within Black communities, Chiron in Leo enters those conversations by showing the effects that white supremacy has had on the mental health of Black families, and how the traumas experienced in childhood have a lasting impact on adult life.
Informed by an astrological aspect in J. Bouey’s chart, Chiron in Leo brings about a healing of the inner child by addressing trauma and modeling healing practices that could benefit the witnesses. In Greek mythology, Chiron is known as the “wounded healer” and this mythos greatly informed the characterization and narrative of Chiron in this film. This work is largely informed by storytelling, particularly, the overwhelming and fragmented sensational experiences related to trauma through both the physicalization and vocalization of metamorphosing memories.
Please note this film includes scenes that might affect photosensitive viewers.
Content Warning: Chiron in Leo addresses themes of childhood abandonment and physical abuse.
Your ticket purchase will give you access to a private link that will allow you to stream Chiron in Leo from Friday, May 28 at 9:00 am EDT through Sunday, May 29 at 11:59 pm EDT. You may also choose to join us online for a group viewing of the film on Friday May 28 and/or Saturday May 29 at 7:00 pm EDT. This group viewing will be held via Zoom and will include a screening of the film in its entirety, as well as post-show discussions with J. Bouey and guest moderators Germaul Barnes and Dr. yaTande Whitney V Hunter (Friday) and Makeda Thomas (Saturday).
About J. Bouey
J. Bouey is out here doing their best, damnit! Currently moving on pandemic timing and prioritizing rest, J. is finding their way back to joy. J. is the founder of The Dance Union Podcast, a recent 2021-2022 Jerome Fellow, and is a current Gibney Spotlight artist, Artist-In-Residence at CPR – Center for Performance Research, and 2021 Bogliasco Fellow. J. was also a 2018 Movement Research Van Lier Fellow, and former dancer with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. Determined to manifest the dreams dreamt in their youth, J. is assuming this responsibility because these dreams sustained them when the sun didn’t shine or shined too bright to see.
Chiron in Leo was commissioned by Gibney as part of Gibney’s New Voices: Spotlight series. This commission included financial, residency, administrative, and production support, and was made possible in part by the Jerome Foundation. This production is also made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and Harkness Foundation for Dance. Special thanks to J. Bouey’s patrons on Patreon, Movement Research’s Van Lier Fellowship, Makeda Thomas’s Dance and Performance Institute, and Queer Art | Mentorship Program
Image Still from Chiron in Leo.
Gibney’s Spotlight series is generously supported by the Jerome Foundation.