Copyright © 2019 Michael J Love. All rights reserved.

MICHAEL J LOVE

INTERDISCIPLINARY TAP DANCE ARTIST

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 The AURALVISUAL MIXTAPE COLLECTION by Michael J Love

The AURALVISUAL MIXTAPE Collection

is Michael J. Love's triptych of live interdisciplinary rhythm tap dance pieces

that revel in Blackness by way of a vibrant mixing, sampling, looping, remixing,

and high-affect juxtaposition of sounds, media, and performance. 

The AURALVISUAL MIXTAPE COLLECTION, Part I:

GON' HEAD AND PUT YOUR RECORDS ON!

The AURALVISUAL MIXTAPE COLLECTION, Part II:

DOPE FIT!
 

The AURALVISUAL MIXTAPE COLLECTION, Part III:

(TBA)
 

 The AURALVISUAL MIXTAPE COLLECTION Part II: DOPE FIT!

Photo © 2019 by Dr. Ashley Farmer

The AURALVISUAL MIXTAPE COLLECTION, Part II:

DOPE FIT!

An Interdisciplinary Tap Dance Piece

Written by Michael J Love
Directed and Choreographed by Kaitlyn B. Jones and Michael J. Love

 

As presented in full

in September 2019:

      

 

Written by Michael J. Love

Choreographed and Directed by Kaitlyn B. Jones and Michael J. Love
Lyrics by Faith Hillis

Vocal Coaching by Al(aina) Monts

Dramaturgy by siri gurudevFaith A. Hillis, and Al(aina) Monts

 

Featuring Sydnie Brown, Deja Criston, Faith Hillis, 
Mykaela Johnson
, Kaitlyn B. Jones, Michael J. Love,
Indya McKnight, Toni Neal, Myrah Porter
Azari Sumbler, and Khorii Tinson

 

"UNEARTH"
Video by Ariel René Jackson

 

"SUGAR"

Original text by Sydnie BrownAmaya ColemanDeja Criston,

Faith HillisIndya McKnight

Amariah K. Williams, and Kennedy Woodard

Additional text by Kaitlyn B. Jones

"DISCIPLES"

A film shot and edited by Cindy Elizabeth

Featuring Christina BlakeAlex CunninghamSophie Monegro,

Dominique Scott, and Tiana Wilson
 


Produced by ARCOS Dance and presented during
ARCOS presents Michael J. Love:

Two Weekends of Tap at The Carver
Austin, TX

Friday, September 20

Saturday, September 21

and Sunday, September 22
2019

Learn more.

 

As premiered in

work-in-progress format
at The Cohen New Works Festival

in April 2019: 

      

Written by Michael J. Love

Choreographed and Directed by Kaitlyn B. Jones and Michael J. Love
Lyrics by Faith Hillis

Projection Design by Ariel R. Jackson

Vocal Coaching by Al(aina) Monts

Dramaturgy by siri gurudevFaith A. Hillis, and Al(aina) Monts

 

Featuring Jayla BallSydnie BrownAmaya ColemanDeja Criston,

Faith HillisMatthew James, Michael J. Love, Toni Neal

Indya McKnight, Myrah PorterAzari SumblerKhorii Tinson,

and Kennedy Woodard

 

Amariah K. Williams, Production Stage Manager

Myrah Porter, Rehearsal Assistant

 

"DISCIPLES"

Filmed and Edited by Cindy Elizabeth

Featuring Christina BlakeAlex CunninghamSophie Monegro,

Dominique Scott, and Tiana Wilson

 

"SUGAR"

Text by Sydnie BrownAmaya ColemanDeja Criston,

Faith HillisIndya McKnight

Amariah K. Williams, and Kennedy Woodard
 


Premiered/ Programmed at
The Cohen New Works Festival
Austin, TX

Monday, April 15

and Tuesday, April 16
2019

Learn more.

 

LINER NOTES//

Love, Jones, and an ensemble of Black artists, thinkers, and collaborators pair movement, rhythm, music, text, and voice with a distinct millennial hip-hop sensibility to create and live in their own metaphysical Black utopia. The piece, driven by rhythm tap and contemporary dance, reclaims the Black cultural archive and enlivens spirited visions of futurity through a queer and feminist lens. DOPE FIT! is performed entirely to live-mixed and looped tap dance, body percussion, and triggered drum sample compositions.

 

The development of DOPE FIT! began during a week-long workshop in August 2018, made possible by The Cohen New Works Festival Go! Grant.

 

DOPE FIT! is approximately seventy minutes in length.

 

TRACKLIST//

In the spirit of the throwback Black music curation and vocal/ performance methodology of mixtape-making, DOPE FIT! is an auralvisual mixtape comprised of 7 tracks. Live performance is merged with original projections by mixed media artist Cindy Elizabeth and transmedia artist Ariel R. Jackson. All of the music in the world of DOPE FIT! is live-composed by way of looping/ sampling stations and other technology.

1. LIFT EV'RY VOICE Breathing in, exhaling, meditating on legacy through song. 2. TELL THEM Continuing to breathe, making assertions, organizing sounds into rhythms. Exploring possibility through call and response. 3. UNEARTH Stacking rhythms and giving them shape. Holding space together and holding space for each other. Pursing reclamation through repetition. 

4. SUGAR Employing dialogic methodologies of our recent past as we examine our current relationship to materials our families were enslaved to harvest. 5. UNSUBMERGE Continuing to breathe and experimenting with stillness. Creating shapes and phrases out of natural rhythms. Revisiting our effort to reclaim through repetition. 6. DISCIPLES Defining beauty for ourselves. 

7. RISE Combining methods and engaging in them all simultaneously. Indulging in hope through our continued breathing.