Tonight and tomorrow, Adam McKinney presents a multimedia evening of performance titled “HaMapah/The Map” that traces back the intersections of his own African, Jewish and Native American heritages. Daniel Banks directs.
What is special about this upcoming performance?
This is a community dialogue; it’s an invitation. It’s not just an opportunity to go see a great show, but an opportunity to engage with other community members and share our stories; so it’s a call, an invitation and also a response. I created the piece because people would ask me, ‘Well, how are you Jewish?’ and I would respond, ‘I’m fine Jewish.’ That response no longer had power for me, so I created art instead.
How do you go about tracing your ancestry through dance?
I used dance as a resource and research modality. So, in researching my ancestors and in calling information and archival material, I used dance to inform that process. For example, while interviewing family members, I would also look at their bodies and let that inform my own vocabulary of telling this story of being mixed heritage in the world.
What can attendees expect?
They can expect to see amazing dance, riveting solo work and to leave feeling connected, fulfilled and excited.