House lights are still up as Tommie-Waheed Evans' "Bodies as Sites of Faith and Protest" begins. A group of dancers in all black step on stage, marching and clapping in time. Facing in toward each other, they are unified and mission-driven. Suddenly, a single dancer emerges from the group singing the folk song "We Shall Overcome." He walks carefully straight ahead, proclaiming the Civil Rights anthem to the audience. The lights dim.
Tommie-Waheed Evans' “Bodies as Sites of Faith and Protest.” Photograph courtesy of Waheedworks
The son of a painter and a set designer, director/choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot was, it seems, destined to have a life in the theater. Born and raised in Tours, in central France, in 1960, he studied dance and piano at the Conservatoire Nacional de Région de Tours before joining the Rosella Hightower International School of Dance in Cannes.Continue Reading