Brooklyn Heights

In Deep Magenta, dancers perform silent protest of hate crimes

September 12, 2018 By Bridget Belfiore Special to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Brooklyn Historical Society. Photo by Josh Shayne

This Friday, five dancers coated from head-to-toe in deep magenta body paint will perform at the Brooklyn Historical Society. The upcoming performance is meant to be a recreation of multiple public performances by the group earlier this month, where they danced silently at the sites of racist and homophobic attacks throughout the city.

One dancer chose a Brooklyn-bound Q-train for her stage, where a young lesbian woman was beaten unconscious last year. Another performed at the intersection of Eastern Parkway and Classon Avenue, where a noose was found last September.

“We decided we could do some nonviolent, active protest that could draw attention to these stories that we were very much concerned about,” Flatbush choreographer Danielle Russo told Brooklyn Daily.

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Footage of these public performances will play on a screen behind the group at their Friday performance, as each dancer performs a solo 30-minute act encased in a Plexiglass box.


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