School for the Movement of the Technicolor People (Los Angeles, Houston, Austin, Toronto, aaaaand the whole planet?)

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The School for the Movement of the Technicolor People was originally conceived as a project by taisha paggett, and the infrastructure of the school has been organized and developed with taisha paggett, Ashley Hunt and Kim Zumpfe, and WXPT (listed below).

The exhibitions each serve as a groundwork for the school’s curriculum—as its learning objects, images and architecture; as the space for free public classes; and as the stage for the company’s performances. The various components of the exhibition offer a version of the School’s curriculum to visitors to the exhibition when classes were not in session. Fully functioning as dance school, with its curriculum structured around the question, “What is a Black dance curriculum today?”, the School offered free, weekly dance classes to the public, intended as a template that is still an accumulative structure for an exchange of ideas and movements.

The School for the Movement of the Technicolor People found its first home at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) in 2015, curated by Robert Crouch. The School has since also found homes and additional collaborators in Houston (2017), Austin (2017), and Toronto (2019).

The Los Angeles School for The Movement of the Technicolor People is a collaboration with taisha paggett, Ashley Hunt and WXPT: Angela Anderson, Charmaine Bee, Heyward Bracey, Rebecca Bruno, Erin Christovale, Loren Fenton, Maria Garcia, Kloii “Hummingbird” Hollis, Meena Murugesan, taisha paggett, Sebastian Peters-Lazaro, Kristianne Salcines, Ché Ture, Devika Wickremesinghe and Suné Woods.

***This is an extensive and multifaceted project. In this documentation, I have primarily highlighted my own contributions to building the spaces (and how they were utilized) that came out of a working in conversation with the many contributors and supporters during The School’s development, but there is a much wider scope of the project. please please please visit

The School for the Movement Website

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The project’s second iteration (below) found its home in 2016 at Diverseworks in Houston, Texas and was curated by Rachel Cook. WXPT expanded in Houston with Adam Castaneda, Celestina Billington, Brittani Broussard, Caleb Fields, Rosine Kouamen, Eternal Lokumbe, Norola Morgan, and Kenneth Owens.

 

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The School for the Movement of the Technicolor People was made possible by The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital, primarily supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional funds came from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This program was also sponsored by a grant from the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts.

Development support of School for the Movement of the Technicolor People was given through Show Box L.A.’s Los Angeles Dance & Research Residency Program, which is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Installation Image Credit Los Angeles: Christopher Wormald

Installation Image Credit Houston: