New York, New York 2019
Silas Farley’s site-specific ballet “Songs From the Spirit” at The Met was fucking powerful. Working in conjunction with @earhustlesq
(best podcast out there) the whole piece was choreographed to both traditional spirituals and new songs created by incarcerated men at #sanquentinstateprison
It’s raw and delicate and vulnerable and moving, the entire piece questioning what Liberty and Justice actually mean, and the value of
My father was in San Quentin for years when I was little, on non-violent drug charges, and it was the threat of being sent back that forced him to flee the country, leaving me and my sister behind.
I remember bits and pieces of visiting him there -
the long walk to the to front gates, the joyous and distressed sounds from the visiting room, the gifts his cell mate made me out of little pieces of colorful thread, the hardness and the softness of it all.
At a time when I’m working hard to see my father more clearly I’m so grateful to see a collaboration like this, between sensitivity and strength.
Thank you to everyone involved, but especially the men behind the music @calvinjohnson4622 @mavydavisjrjr
Gary Harrell, Calvin Johnson, Quincey A. peoples, Charlie Spencer, Quintin Blue, Darius Sommons, and anyone I might have missed.
Extra special thanks to my boy @patmessy
for getting me in, and for all the amazing work you do for others. Thank you. Down for life.
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