My segment, part two, begins at 1:32.
Before developing more language around the Liberated Booty methodologies, I identified as a “Bootyist,” and the movement I explored was to cultivate a greater awareness among humanity of the booty’s sacred powers to affirm life. At the time, I called this work “Bootyism.” and I created a dance journey for Bootyism, evolving from a myth-based, storytelling process. While evolving the booty dance works, I was a member of The Saartjie Project, a black women’s performance art collaborative that created multi-genre work illuminating issues and processes of black women defining and articulating their own narratives in the body. I was asked to represent our ensemble and be featured along side two other local artists in the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ ART202 Reel series. I discussed our work, which was inspired by the legacy of Sara “Saartjie” Baartman, a South African woman who was put on display because her body, particularly the shape of her booty, was exoticized by Europeans. The interview also highlights some of the ways my process as a “Bootyist” intersects with race, gender, and dynamics of power as it relates to the body. One of the best things about this interview is that we filmed it at my favorite location to dance and facilitate space activation labs in Washington, DC, the roof of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. This film was created in early February 2010.