Hey everyone. I hope everyone is doing well in these crazy times. I don’t have too much news on my end. Every Sunday night to Tuesday morning I teach my students in China, but otherwise I’ve been reading a lot and spending time learning Chinese. I have also been trying to cherish the extra time I have with my parents, which is the silver lining in all of this. Trying to stay positive in all this.
Speaking of positive, today I am interviewing Joy-Marie Thompson, a dancer from Pittsburgh. She graduated from SUNY Purchase with a BFA in Dance Performance and works in a variety of mediums, including photography and film. Many people told me I had to talk with Joy-Marie, so I reached out and we had a zoom session in the midst of this pandemic, both of us holed up in our homes. Before everything shut down in the US, Joy-Marie was part of Sleep No More, an immersive theater experience retelling Shakespeare’s Macbeth, which we talk about in-depth, along with Joy-Marie’s experiences in Europe, her many collaborations, and thinking about the exotification of black culture. I hope you enjoy this.