Halcyon Arts Lab Fellow Tariq Darrell O'Meally is an artist searching for the power within introspection and vulnerability in the African American body, as a means to synthesize kinesthetic stories that will resonate in away that is socially relevant, empathetic, and impactful.He is the Founder/Artistic Director of Tariq Darrell+the UNUM Dance Collective. TD+ UDC is a collection of dance artist’s seeking to create doorways and windows leading to the seen and unseen; lived and living experiences of African Americans.
Night Light: Half-World (Work-in-Process)
June 22, 7:00pm at Smithsonian's Arts + Industries building
“They notice what’s there…. they do not notice what’s missing. But how can they? Who misses what they never imagined? That would not be human nature.” -N.K Jemsion
Half-World is a meditative, contemporary dance and movement piece that explores the concepts of witnessing and being witnessed. Through his work, choreographer Tariq O’Meally expresses his belief that knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. With this idea in mind, he searches for the power within introspection and vulnerability in the dancing African American body as a means of transcendence. Through the repurposing of psychological ideas and social commentary into physical movement, he practices disrupting imagery that has canonized the black narrative as uniform and oppressed. Escaping from this archetype, Tariq seeks to create kinesthetic stories that will resonate in a way that is socially relevant, empathetic, and impactful.