Presented by FirstWorks

Watch with us Thursday, March 18, 7:30 PM EST
Watch On Demand March 19-21

Experience Activist Dance Theater that takes on joy as the ultimate expression of resistance! Whenever humans have survived immense hardship and injustice, prevailing with their humanity intact, the presence of joy or, the knowingness and celebration of our true beauty and power has always been at the root. “joyUS justUS” reclaims the dominant deficit-based narrative of people of color in this country as being underprivileged, voiceless, powerless, and victimized, and flips it on its head by embodying stories of joy. These stories, from the artists and community participants of South Los Angeles, are personal truths about the power of hope, faith, and family, the strength of the villages that have raised our children and the wealth that lives in our collective histories of struggle and resistance.

Part of FirstWorks’ residency with CONTRA-TIEMPO, free to all March 18-25, 2021

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