I am at the early stages of what my artistic purpose is, how my healing rituals and practices are communicated in my art, and how performance can be container or a meeting place for the rituals of healing. So, I am grappling with the questions of who gets to witness and participate in these rituals, and how do they benefit? How can I engage with the people who are under similar marginalizing and oppressive forces as I, and the subject of my work, when there are systemic barriers to physically arriving to the space when I, at the stage of emerging artist, have little power in diversifying the seats in the house to better reflect the targeted Black audiences of my work? How do my healing practices invite others to discover or strengthen their own healing practices? What responsibilities do I have to the witnesses that have been invited to the rituals and their emotional and spiritual safety? How do I care for the witnesses? How do I care for myself and collaborators in these rituals both private and public? And is this work sustainable?
J. Bouey is a Dance Artist. They received a BFA in Dance from Arizona State University, and J. is a current performer and collaborator with Christal Brown’s INSPIRIT Dance Company and AntonioBrownDance and performs for Germaul Barnes’ Viwesic Dance. J. Bouey is currently a Movement Research Van Lier Emerging Artist of Color Fellow for 2018, BAX Fall Space Grantee, and Fresh Tracks artist for 2018-2019. J. was also a Dancing While Black Fellow for 2017-2018, Gibney WorkUp 4.0 Artists in Residence, and has performed with Elisa Monte Dance as an apprentice from 2015 to 2017. J. has shown their original work at Movement Research at Judson Church, Gibney Dance, BAAD!, CPR – Center for Performance Research as a 2017 Chez Bushwick Artist in Residence, La Mama Experimental Theatre and South Mountain Center for Performing Arts. As a dance instructor at Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center in the Bronx, J. Bouey contributes to making dance easily accessible in underserved and under-represented communities for Black and Brown people. www.jbouey.com