Kelsey Leonard & Allison Blakenley

Allison_Blakeney_Kelsey_Leonard_008Kelsey Leonard (pictured right) is a master’s student at Gallatin studying tap dance and its unique communication through movement and music. She is fascinated by a tap dancer’s ability to use her art as language and have a conversation with another dancer or musician. Kelsey’s artistic style is rhythmic, melodic, expressive, and exudes a deep passion for musical collaboration.

Allison Blakeney (pictured left) is pursuing a master’s that looks at dance as it relates to the LGBTQ+ community. She is looking at how dancethrough exploration, embodiment, and performance serves as a way to heal from experiences that come from the oppression of overdetermined systems, particularly for LGBTQ+ folks. She also hopes to help allow a space in which dance is more inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community. In her own work, she is currently obsessed with how the reiteration of failure might be a means to find some form of liberation.

Revealing Tides of Grief
Does the grieving process ever happen as methodically as described?

Prompted by loss, we’ve come together to explore the sensations and subtleties within this process. In this exploration, we’ve found we are more alike than we initially assumed. We’ve experience grief as something perpetual, erratic, isolating, and collective.

How do we grieve together? What does it look like? Is it different from the individual process? Does grief ever go away? And how do we navigate this process together?

Here are manifestations. Here are oscillations. Here is grief individually and collectively. Here is our attempt to find peace or contentment. Here is our embodiment of grief.

“Disbelief becomes my close companion, and anger follows in its wake. I answer the heroic question ‘Death, where is thy sting?’ with ‘It is here in my heart and mind and memories.’”Maya Angelou, Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now