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Colored navigates the beautifully twisted spectrum of blackness that dancers Dare Ayorinde, Kyle Marshall and Myssi Robinson regularly embody. As three black dancers from varied backgrounds, their work together in the studio led to conversations on tokenism, appropriation, stereotype and representation. Colored is a filter for these thoughts and a celebration of cultural variation. This work features original music by Matt Clegg and was commissioned in-part by “Dance on the Lawn” Montclair Dance Festival, EMoves: Harlem Stage, and Jersey (New) Moves at NJPAC. Colored premiered in 2017 at the Actors Fund Arts Center.
Kyle Marshall, choreographer + performer
Oluwadamilare “Dare” Ayorinde, performer
Myssi Robinson, performer
Matt Clegg, music
2018 Juried “Bessie” Award winner, Kyle Marshall Choreography (KMC) is a company that sees the dancing body as a container of history, an igniter of social reform and a site of celebration. KMC has performed at venues including: Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Joe’s Pub, Roulette, Actors Fund Arts Center, NYC Summerstage, Wassaic Arts Project and Conduit Dance in Portland, OR. Past residencies have included: Center of Performance Research, DanceNow at Silo, Jamaica Performing Arts Center and CoLab Arts. Commissions have included: “Dance on the Lawn” Montclair Dance Festival, NJPAC, and Harlem Stage. KMC has taught dance and creative workshops in high schools and colleges throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Lafayette, LA. Artistic Director Kyle Marshall is a NJ State Council of the Arts Fellow. He dances with the Trisha Brown Dance Company and doug elkins choreography etc. A New Jersey native, Kyle graduated from Rutgers University with a BFA in dance.