Guide to Kinship and Maybe Magic

KINSHIP: a close connection marked by community of interests or similarity in nature or character; Relationship by nature or character; affinity. close connection

Guide to Kinship and Maybe Magic is a multi-tier work which began when LEWIS FOREVER was awarded the MAP fund through Dance New Amsterdam in NYC in 2010. The project was intended as a new cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary work investigating the role of community, family, collectivity, collaboration and performance in our present-day culture.

All members of LEWIS FOREVER were born in the Dominican Republic, they have been working in NYC and the group was founded in 2006 in Berlin, Germany.  LF devised Guide to Kinship and Maybe Magic with partners in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Berlin, Germany and New York, U.S.A, by focusing their research on their performance and cultural roots. I was  responsible for the project in Santo Domingo which took the form of a performance workshop and culminated into a performance at Bellas Artes (the national theater in Santo Domingo).

Introducing Johan, 2011

I met Johan during my trip in Santo Domingo in December. He will be collaborating on both the film in Berlin this summer and the performance workshop in Santo Domingo in September. This is an interview that we conducted where he shares his opinions about community and the art scene in Santo Domingo.

The workshop: September 2011 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

At the heart of the workshop is site specificity. The site provides a platform for discourse surrounding art production and the role of the “collective” (or collection of bodies) and their function in contemporary society. The workshop is a place of play and exploration, deconstruction and reconstruction.  Collectively we engage in community type activities within a very stylized environment, a set, a constructed environment where we work with representational images of Santo Domingo and Dominican culture as we explore fictional and nonfictional constructions of place, community and  self.