Take a look at Jaamil Olawale Kosoko's daring new performance #negrophobia
The Detroit native and performance art explorer makes a poetic foray into identity and erotic anxiety
By Helen Shaw|
Jaamil Olawale Kosoko moves across genre boundaries to explore the Black male body—using the audience's gaze (and sometimes physical proximity) to play with the arousal and discomfort that performers can engender. At Gibney Dance, Kosoko experiments with form, stereotype, transgressive eroticism and even frank confessionalism to make the exploration disturbingly personal. Here you can peek inside the piece, which is among the best dance shows this fall, and already setting a high bar for postmodern playfulness and serious thinking in #negrophobia.
Performance artist Jaamil Olawale Kosoko uses social commentary and self-examination to grapple with the erotics of the Black male body, which he considers a self always on the edge of "psychosomatic collapse."