Black: a film premiere + a live performance
In light of the 2020 summer BLM protest, Charray produced and performed two new works: “Black” and “And I am Also…” in which she used not only as a form of healing, but also as a form of research and investigation of her identity as a Black woman. These works attempt to grasp the duality of both indignation and acceptance, power and fragility, and passion and delicacy that she has found to be a part of her authentic blackness. Each piece is a vulnerable ongoing explorative experience from within that is shared with the viewer as an attempt to communicate the introspective journey of just one black woman, yet that many black women share. Charray brings a light of hope that her identity as such will no longer be a part of negative stereotypes or labels, but explicitly as a multidimensional Black woman. This piece is an in-depth representation and artistic display that begins to address and destroy the mold that has suffocated the Black community for centuries. These works are just the beginning steps out of the boxes we [Black women] have been confined to, into a life of rightful liberation.
Premiered July 24, 2021
Danse En Noir Film
Danse en Noir documents nine Black female dancers expressing their experiences within the world of dance. This film is inspired by Audre Lorde's writings of claiming your identity.
Premiered June 27, 2021