I’m really glad that Performance Mix #34: Remotely Yours turned out to be so productive for me. I was able to wrap my head around the ideas that were all circling in my head.
Deborah Conton’s Rise focuses on the distinct erasure of Black women from the House Dance/Club culture in New York City and beyond. The piece explores the movements, emotions, and its effects from multiple viewpoints while it simultaneously signals a reclaiming and reassertion of Black women’s presence via their ancestors.
Deborah Conton: The Atlanta-born native and Brooklyn resident continues to spread healing work via dance, spirituality, and writing. As a child, her inquisitive mind drew her towards her mother’s vast musical influences and Atlanta’s nightlife where she developed a love for the club culture. She is also part of a Brooklyn-based dance collective known as Afro Mosaic Soul.
Her journey has led her to perform with Movement Research for the Fall/Winter 2018 series, BAAD!, Under The Radar Festival, Yeah! That’s What She Said, New York City’s SummerStage 2018, and Joe’s Pub.
She is currently an artist-in-residence at the Center for Performance Research in Williamsburg.