Séancers & The Jigaboo King: An American Lyric (EXCERPT)

Nothing can come between a man and his ego except a woman, black, with history on her side, a million hungry ancestors on her shoulders salivating at the chance for a speedy bloodletting.”
– from Kara Walker: Narratives of a Negress

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko will share an excerpt from his newest work Séancers and The Jigaboo King: An American Lyric, a performance work that collapses strategies of live critical performance analysis, ritual, lyrical poetry, and alternative dance forms. The full work will premiere at Abrons Art Center in the Winter of 2017 and will investigate themes of black magic, resurrection, and paranormal activity.

Originally from Detroit, MI, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko is a Nigerian-American curator, poet, and performance artist. He is a 2017 Princeton Arts Fellow, a 2017 Jerome artists in residence at Abrons Arts Center, a 2017 APAP Leadership Fellow, a 2015 American Express Leadership Fellow, and an inaugural graduating member of the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP) at Wesleyan University. He has held producing and curatorial positions at New York Live Arts, 651 Arts, and The Watermill Center among others. Kosoko is a 2016 Gibney Dance boo-koo resident artist and a recipient of a 2016 USArtists International Award from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. His work has received support from The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through Dance Advance, The Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative, The Joyce Theater Foundation, and The Philadelphia Cultural Fund. Kosoko has created original roles in the performance works of visual artist Nick Cave, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Keely Garfield Dance, Miguel Gutierrez and The Powerful People, Headlong Dance Theater, among others. Kosoko’s poems, interviews, and essays can be found published in The American Poetry Review, Poems Against War, The Dunes Review, Silo, Detroit Research v2, Dance Journal (PHL), the Broad Street Review (PHL), Movement Research Performance Journal, and Critical Correspondence (NYC). He continues to guest teach, speak, and lecture throughout the US and abroad. His newest performance work  #negrophobia is currently touring throughout Europe. The work also received a 2016 Bessie Award nomination. Connect with jaamil online @jaamilkosoko. jaamil.comphiladiction.org