2011: Crossing the Color of the Sky

Duke University Dance Program, ChoreoLab 2011 - "Crossing the Color of the Sky"

"Crossing the Color of the Sky" (2005). Choreography by Ava LaVonne Vinesett. Music/Berimbauistas: Oesa SaVionne Vinesett, Domingo B. Vinesett, and Richard J. Vinesett (Often associated with the Afro-Brazilian art form capoeira, and Caboclo religious practices, the berimbau is a bowed percussive instrument which commands the movements of the practitioners). Music II by Ry Cooder. Bottle Tree visual installation by Cici Stevens. Dancers: Thaddeus Bennett, Destani Bizune, Chemwapuwa Blackman, Danika Manso-Brown, Edwin A. Coleman, C.C Croxton, Medina Ann Johnson, Tonya Omar, Tria Smothers, Noel Susberry. 

Bottle trees have long been used to guide wayward spirits. This African tradition became a part of Southern African-American practice. For some, the bottles petition benevolent, ancestral spirits for protection and good wishes. For others, the blue bottles protect families from tormented and dangerous energies. The spirits are lured by the beguiling radiance of the bottles and like the wind, the moan of these ancestral voices both agitate and calm.