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Muscle Memories Revisited

Marla Robertson

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Performance Dates:

Saturday, August 10 @ 5pm

Sunday, August 11 @ 9pm

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Muscle Memories Revisited is a continued  investigation of memory, gesture and  labor performed by early 20th century sharecroppers in Denmark, Tennessee. This work was inspired by my grandmother, Martha Weddle. Her voice and memories will provide part of a narrative score for this piece. I was inspired to interview my grandmother about her experiences with labor in the Tennessee during my participation in a heritage archeology field-school at University of Massachusetts –Amherst. This investigation revealed a shared history of labor in cotton for Africans in New England in the 1700’s that continued into the 20th century in the south. This work will also include connections within the diaspora that feature repetitive movements resembling forms of labor seen in areas including but not limited to Haiti and countries of Africa. This investigation is also connected to my work with Brooklyn based company Kriyol Dance Collective.

Artist Information

Dancer and educator Marla Nicole Robertson, hails from Memphis, Tennessee and is a firm believer in using dance for peace and release. She moved to the northeast in 2009 as an Americorps VISTA volunteer in Pittsfield, MA. She holds a Master's degree in Anthropology with a certificate in Museum Studies from The University of Memphis. Marla is a co-creator and performing artist with Brooklyn based Kriyol Dance! Collective, under the direction of Veroneque Ignace. She moved to New York in the summer of 2018 as a New York City Teaching Fellow and is currently working on a second Master’s degree in Education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Marla’s appearances with Kriyol Dance!, include Lavi Miyo (2016), #Trending (2016), Lakou Nou (2017), Lavi Miyo (2018), and 2019 Movement: Pangaea (2019). She was also featured in the music video, Believe In Me by Cassandra Goddess MC (2017). Marla is currently in residence with Kriyol Dance! Collective at The Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum. She has instructed dance at Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), Berkshire Dance Theatre and Williams College. Marla served as a mentor and choreographer with the Pittsfield Rites Of Passage and Empowerment (R.O.P.E.) program in collaboration with the Tony Award winning Barrington Stage Company and the Westside Community Arts Project and as a mentor with Barrington Stage Company’s Playwright Mentoring Project.  In addition, Marla worked as a faculty artist for IS 183 The Art School of the Berkshires’ after-school Learning Through Arts program. She has performed with The Bantaba Dance Company of Memphis and Abule Fan Music and Dance of Memphis, the Williams College Kusika Dance Ensemble under the direction of Sandra L. Burton and the Olga Dunn Dance Company of Great Barrington. She has had the pleasure of working with the Pittsfield Town Players, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company, Emily Johnson/Catalyst Dance and Allison Orr/Forklift Danceworks. 

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