Making It Through!

Year: 2021-2022
DanceForce Member: Elena Mosley
Artists: Jonah Bokaer, Jeremy Bullis, Ifetayo Collins, Sondra Loring, David McIntyre, Stephanie Monseu, Elena Mosley, Lucy Welch
Community Partners: City of Hudson; Jonah Bokaer Foundation; Mayor Kamal Johnson; Sadhanna Yoga Studio
Audience: 1,100
County: Columbia

Making it Through! is a multi-disciplinary project, bringing together performing and visual artists who will tell their story of living and surviving during the 2020-2021 pandemic. Dance artists Jonah Bokaer, Sondra Loring, Stephanie Monseu of Bindlestiff Family Cirkus and visual artists/poetess Ifetayo Cobbins and Lucy Welch will collaborate to share their experiences in Making it Through! The performing artists will hold a series of five dance workshops each, welcoming community participation of all ages. Visual Artists will share their inspirations through interviews shared on social media. Photographer David McIntyre will document the collaborative process via video that will also be shared on social media and artist websites and production designer Jeremy Bullis will join our creative team. The public free performance will be on Friday, September 10th at 5pm, at the Hudson Riverfront Park.

Making It Through! will follow the limited freedoms allowed during the pandemic by holding workshops outside in public spaces in Hudson. Kuumba Dance and Drum will partner with the City of Hudson and utilize open spaces such as the Lanier 7th Street Park, Parc Pocket Park, and performance location at the Hudson Riverfront Park. We anticipate the public audience of three hundred and fifty people at the performance and a total of eleven hundred being touched by the various facets of the project.

All the artists are native to Hudson or have become part of the creative art family in the Hudson Valley in recent years. The artists exhibit vitality, passion, and excellence in their fields. Artists represent members of the LGBTQ, heterosexual and BIPOC communities, with a variety of ethnicities that exemplify small town American life in Hudson. New partners, such as The Tenth, an independent Black Queer Magazine housed in Hudson, have expressed project interests and the sharing of event information. Coupled with the audiences of the diverse participating artists and their patrons, our “Making it Through” DanceForce presentation will welcome and represent today’s communities that we serve and are in need of being served.

For more information on the NYS DanceForce projects of impact, go to www.danceforce.org. Get updates on Making It Through! at www.operationuniteny.org and at the Operation Unite Education and Cultural Arts Facebook page.