Threads: A Perry-Mansfield Performance at the Library
Threads is conceived, developed and performed by Anjali Austin, a 2014 Perry-Mansfield guest artist and former member of Dance Theatre of Harlem.
Threads is an auto-ethnographic portrayal that highlights how familial influences shape one’s life. Intended to be a tribute to Ms. Austin’s ancestors, it centers around 33 quilts created and designed by her maternal grandmother Gussie Beatrice Arnold Hill. Within the piece Ms. Austin investigates the human experience during a time in African American history when their existence, contributions to society, and cultural and professional achievements were stunted and devalued. The piece speaks to strength and resilience amidst struggle, and interweaves first hand cultural histories from the lived African American experience.
A free community program, courtesy of Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp.
About Anjali Austin
Anjali Austin is a distinguished ballet teacher whose career includes thirteen years of performing with the critically acclaimed Dance Theatre of Harlem. A well rounded interdisciplinary artist, she has performed classical, neo-classical and contemporary works by prominent choreographers from the 20th century, choreographed nationally and internationally, and is currently working on her first solo concert titled Threads. Ms. Austin is a specialized Master Trainer in GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® and serves on the Board of CORPS de Ballet International. Ms. Austin is an Associate Professor of Dance at Florida State University’s School of Dance in Tallahassee, Florida. Additional information on Ms. Austin may be found at www.gyrotonictallahassee.com