Marguerite Hemmings and LaJuné McMillian: Antidote
Presented in Partnership with Pioneer Works
Antidote is a performance by new media artist LaJuné McMillian and choreographer Marguerite Hemmings that reflects a year-long exploration of healing through physical movement and digital technology. First presented in 2020 as a video piece, this fully-realized iteration of Antidote will be a live performance developed by McMillian and Hemmings in collaboration with a cast of 6 young artists from South Brooklyn Community High School in Red Hook and University Neighborhood High School on the Lower East Side. Together, they will share how motion capture technology and dance can serve as tools for personal growth and collective liberation.
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LaJuné McMillian is a New Media Artist, creating art that integrates Performance, Virtual Reality, and Physical Computing to question our current forms of communication. They are a current Jerome Hill Artist Fellow and have continued their research on Blackness, movement, and technology during residencies at Eyebeam, Pioneer Works, and Barnard College.
Marguerite Hemmings is a Jamaican-born, Jersey-raised mover and educator currently based in Philadelphia. She focuses on one’s own body and one’s own way of moving. As a choreographer, she specializes in emergent, social dance movement styles, and technologies of the African Diaspora. She works inside of liberation ideology and practice.
Pioneer Works is a cultural center dedicated to experimentation, education, and production across disciplines. Through a broad range of educational programs, performances, residencies, and exhibitions, Pioneer Works transcends disciplinary boundaries to foster a community where alternative modes of thought are activated and supported. We strive to make culture accessible to all.
Based in Red Hook, Brooklyn, the mission of South Brooklyn Community High School (SBCHS) is to assist students who have been unsuccessful in the traditional school settings, those who are over-aged and under-credited, and/or students and families who have become disenchanted with their previous schools. SBCHS is committed to providing students with access to a quality education that will prepare students for post-secondary success.
University Neighborhood High School (UNHS) is dedicated to preparing students to become global citizens through higher education opportunities, challenging academic curricula, and business and university partnerships, positioning them to succeed in an ever-changing world.
UNHS is devoted to providing the academic, social, and emotional supports needed to ensure that students of every race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, immigration status, socio-economic status, appearance, size, weight, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and disability are celebrated, valued and respected.
Antidote is commissioned by Abrons Arts Center and presented in partnership with Pioneer Works. This work is made possible with support from the Emily Davie and Joseph S. Kornfeld Foundation.
Still from Antidote, courtesy of LaJuné McMillian and Marguerite Hemmings