#BlackJoy #Feminist #Dancing
Keyanna Alexander (she/her) is a North Carolina based director, playwright, and theatre administrator. She currently serves as the Shay Wafer Arts Administrator Fellow, Unlock Creative, the Technical Director of MOJOAA Performing Arts Company, and a Founding Member of Femme Noir, a Black Femme affinty group. She discusses the intersection of artistry and activism on her YouTube Channel Theatre’s NOT Dead with Keyanna Alexander.
“There wasn't a whole lot of information I could find when researching Sarah Bell. One the that stood out to me in her case's description was the fact that she was arrested for "disorderly conduct" in men's attire. So the two things that I really wanted to explore was why dress like a man in 1094's Wilmington NC, explored through the quotes selected for this piece and what did her misconduct look like? Given Wilmington's dark past with race relations, I like to believe that her behavior was one of expressing herself and that was enough to arrest a Black person, woman or man. So I paint the movement as one of joy for simply that while it may not have been historically accurate, we all deserve more Black Joy in our lives. ” - Key
Voices heard: Michelle Obama, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Amanda Gorman, and Meghan Markle.
Royalty Free Music from Bensound.
Filmed by Mikki Marvel in Durham Central Park.