d. Sabela grimes

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d. Sabela grimes

 

d. Sabela grimes, 2017 County of Los Angeles Performing Arts Fellow and 2014 United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow, is a trans-media storyteller, sonic ARKivist, movement composer cultivating a devoted interest in Afrobiquitous life practices.  Sabela has conceived, written, scored, choreographed and produced several dance theater works including BulletProof Deli, plus Philly XP, World War WhatEver, and 40 Acres & A Microchip: Salvation or Servitude from his EXPERIMENT EARTH sound-movement triptych. Recent creative projects include, ELECTROGYNOUS (2017) and Dark Matter Messages (2020/21). ELECTROGYNOUS is a dance theater experience which articulates that Black gender qualities are infinite, multidimensional and distinct manifestations of wombniversal consciousness.  Moved by how Octavia E. Butler invents interrelated notions of humanness+otherness in her Parable Series, Dark Matter Messages dreams Butler’s unfinished manuscript, Parable of the Trickster, into an experience that realizes quantum Blackness as a means to play within the nowness of imminent futures. On faculty at USC’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, he continues to cultivate, Funkamental MediKinetics, a movement system he created that focuses on the methodical dance training and community building elements evident in Hip Hop, Black vernacular and Street dance forms. He received a BA in English and MFA in Choreography from the University of California, Los Angeles. Sabela loves pancakes, speculative fiction and his kinfolk.