Trust in Life

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Funded on March 02, 2022
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With a community of movers and thinkers, we’re creating a Spring performance called Trust in Life that puts trust at center court as a way of envisioning self-realization and collective healing. Guided by play and improvisational training, this piece will invite audiences to witness connection within ourselves and one another.

About This Project

As a dancer, I know that movement is a huge part of self-reflection work. As a Black woman, I see in my community the legacies of endurance and cruelty that have been passed down for generations, creating a rigid and often limiting knowledge of ourselves. I began reflecting on why we can’t gain a better understanding of each other. I believe it comes down to trust—in ourselves, in one another, and in our wider community.

A year ago I created Eternal Resolve, an initiative of dancers and non-dancers who work together to achieve self-realization and healing through movement.  In November 2021, we assembled the first "Resolve Think Tank," a supportive exchange between pairs of dancers and non-dancers who use movement, writing, and dialogue to build self-awareness and trust in one another. We grounded our work with a sense of play, guided by inner discovery and improvisational training.

As this learning materialized over the past months, the dancers began developing a series of performances, or what we call “plays,” not unlike the moves a team uses in a sports game. In this instance, instead of winning a competition, we’re working to resolve something for ourselves and build unity together, with the other movers providing support and collective energy to drive the piece forward.  

Our work will culminate in a two-night performance on March 11 and 12 at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, as part of Bebe Miller’s SoloDuo Dance Project. As director, I’m developing and guiding this performance with our Eternal Resolve Think Tank members and dance collective. In order to fully realize this performance, we are seeking support from our community to help cover critical costs, including performer and musician fees, costumes, lighting, and other production expenses.

I’d like to guide you to witness this expression of inner work and perhaps take some of that learning back with you.We would love your support as we build our sense of understanding with ourselves and each other.

Thank yous

Contribute any amount or choose from the levels below.

  • $10
    Personal shout-out on social media ($10.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $30
    A personalized thank you letter with a doodle made just for you ($28.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $55
    A personalized movement improvisation made just for you ($25.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $100
    An early-rising Zoom coffee date, where you will be taken through an Eternal Resolve activity to wake up and groove to your morning ($85.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $300
    A surprise box filled with art that expresses my thoughts of trust ($270.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $500
    Complimentary admission to an Eternal Resolve workshop and movement jam at the Kemetic YogaSkills Bronzeville Studio ($200.00 is tax deductible.)

Keisha Janae

Make a Wave Artist

Graduate of Columbia College Chicago’s Dance program, Keisha Janae (KJ) has experience in performance, choreography, and teaching artistry. She is excited to be in her first season with Red Clay Dance Company and has also danced with BraveSoul Movement and …

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