Migratuse: Migrated, departed, to have gone away, having been changed, and the habitual patterns of moving from one place to another.
Ataraxia: Calmness or a peace of mind, emotional tranquility.
Migratuse Ataraxia centers Black experience and embodiment in an evening length interactive performance. Performances occur in post-industrial southern city replete with antebellum structures that invoke the inextricable legacies of slavery and white supremacy, exemplifying the vexed racial geographies of the modern U.S. South. Performers and audiences move through spaces, as slide projections animate the setting, overlaying historical visual stories on its walls. See additional videos of the project and learn more about the work and its impact on communities.
Migratuse Ataraxia was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ (NEFA) National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the work received both a Production Residency and a Community Engagement Fund grant. Additional support for the work’s expansion was provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support was received from The University of South Carolina’s Provost Office, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Theatre and Dance and African American Studies.
Above: Migratuse Ataraxia at Klein Arts and Culture, Harpersville, AL. Photo by Elizabeth Johnson. Artists: Tanya Wideman-Davis, Michaela Pilar Brown, and Thaddeus Davis. Migratuse Ataraxia at Hampton Preston Mansion, Columbia, SC. Photo by Sean Rayford. Artists: John Green and Petra Everson. Migratuse Ataraxia at Klein Arts and Culture, Harpersville, AL. Photo by Elizabeth Johnson. Artists: Tanya Wideman-Davis, Michaela Pilar Brown, and Thaddeus Davis. Past Works: credits here.