Line by Line explores the excavation of heritage and blended traditions specifically related to African-American and creole cultures of Louisiana. Ayesha Jordan and collaborator Justin Hicks use their research as a backdrop to compose music, lyrics and text incorporating the sounds of creole music culture, zydeco, and New Orleans bounce, as well as elements of second lines.
This Work-in-Progress Showing will supply the blueprint for Jordan’s upcoming project Shasta Geaux Pop: The Return Remixed premiering in The Shed’s inaugural season in 2020.
About the Residency
Ayesha Jordan is a New York City–based multidisciplinary performer and creator. During her week-long residency at MIT in February 2019, she will be developing a new work, working with students and presenting a work-in-progress showing on February 15.
Ayesha Jordan comes to MIT as part of the 2018-19 MIT Performing Series, a prototyping and presenting series curated by Jay Scheib, professor for Music and Theater Arts, and presented by the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology. MIT Performing promotes a research based artistic practice and serves as a new platform for contemporary performance.
Ayesha Jordan is a New York City based multidisciplinary performer and creator.
She and her collaborator, Charlotte Brathwaite, recently presented Shasta Geaux Pop at The Highline, Under the Radar Festival 2018, Right About Now Festival in Amsterdam, NL, and in Orange County, CA for the Off Center Festival at the Segerstrom Arts Center. Shasta Geaux Pop was also at the La Jolla Playhouse’s 2017 Without Walls (WOW) Festival, the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, Under the Radar Festival (Jan 2017) and at The Bushwick Starr (Sept 2016).
Jordan was part of the Broadway production of Eclipsed at The John Golden Theatre and reprised her role of “The Girl” at The Curran in San Francisco, March 2017. She was also in the dance theater company Cakeface’s production of Stairway to Stardom.
In 2015, Jordan created Come See My Double D’s at JACK (NY). She has performed abroad in Amsterdam, France, Belgium, Germany, Poland and Japan. Other projects created and developed include Enter & Exit: Family Reunion; Enter & Exit: Playing House; Inter 1-to-1; the video project Living Room Dance Breaks; and a plethora of videos featuring Jordan’s “friends and family.”
More at the artist’s website: Ayesha Jordan
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