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 I:

Photo © 2018 by Cindy Elizabeth

The AURALVISUAL MIXTAPE COLLECTION, Part I:

GON' HEAD AND PUT YOUR RECORDS ON!

An Interdisciplinary Tap Dance Piece

Written, Choreographed, and Performed by Michael J Love

 

As presented at Fusebox Festival

 in April 2019: 

  
Featuring William Kachi, Taji Senior

and Khali Sykes      

Sound and Image Design by Michael J Love

Jorge Sermini,

Director of Photography

and Editor, “TOO TRILL”

 

Khellie Braxton/ DJ Breezy EZ,

Music Producer, “TOO TRILL”

Programmed at:

Fusebox Festival

Austin, TX
Saturday, April 20

and Sunday, April 21

2019

Learn more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As presented in

developmental workshop format

in February 2018: 

      
Featuring Jayla BallWilliam Kachi,

and Khali Sykes     
Artistic Consultation by Amissa Miller

Sound and Image Design by Michael J Love

 

Jorge Sermini,

Director of Photography

and Editor, “TOO TRILL”

 

Khellie Braxton/ DJ Breezy EZ,

Music Producer, “TOO TRILL”

 

Additional Artists, Administrators, and Collaborators:

Post-Show Talkbaks led by 

Siri Gurudev

Ariel Jackson,

and Amissa Miller

 

 

 

 

As premiered in April 2017: 

      

Original Cast Members Delanté Keys

and Rama Tchuente

Artistic Consultation by Rebecca Whitehurst

Script Editing by Paloma Valenzuela

Sound and Image Design by Michael J Love

 

Jorge Sermini,

Director of Photography

and Editor, “TOO TRILL”

 

Khellie Braxton/ DJ Breezy EZ,

Music Producer, “TOO TRILL”

 

Production Technical Crew:

Kelley Hunter Smith,  Lighting Designer

Te'Juana Johnson, Stage Management

Nate WeissSound Board Technician and Tech Management

Additional Artists, Administrators, and Collaborators:

Production Marketing/ Public Relations

and Graphic Design by Michael J Love

 Promotional Images by Caroline Fothergill

 Production Images by Cindy Elizabeth

 Production Videography by Carre Adams

 

LINER NOTES//

GON' HEAD AND PUT YOUR RECORDS ON!, is an exploration and jubilant celebration of Blackness. Love curates a vibrant amalgamation of moments from pop culture and his personal history to examine the various portions of his identity while actualizing self-love and self-care. RECORDS! is anchored by tap improvography and spans a number of performance mediums as it nods to traditions as varied as the Black queer ballroom scene and the Black church, demanding the necessary space for #blackboyjoy.

 

RECORDS! was programmed by Fusebox Festival in April 2019. In February 2018, Love presented the work in a developmental workshop format and curated a series of post-show talkbacks to accompany each performance.

RECORDS! was developed by way of collaborations fueled by the ARCOS Dance Artist Development Award which Love received in 2016. The work premiered as one half of Michael J Love presents LOVE & RHYTHM: AN EVENING OF TAP DANCE on April 21 and 22, 2017 in Austin, TX — a presentation produced and directed by Love and funded by nearly a hundred Indiegogo backers.

 

RECORDS! is approximately seventy minutes in length.

 

TRACKLIST//

In the spirit of the throwback Black music curation and vocal/ performance methodology of mixtape-making, RECORDS!" is an auralvisual mixtape comprised of 10 tracks which merge live performance with found footage and sounds borrowed and repurposed from across popular media.

1. PROVERBS 22:6 "Train up a child in the way he should go/ And when he is old he will not depart from it." 2. LAUGHS PT. I and then 3. LAUGHS PT. II For all the times I’ve been laughed at… 

4. INTERLUDE - NINA: BLACK. A reminder. 5. LOOKING UP/ LOOKING BACK/ MOVING FORWARD Or, 20700 Burnt Woods Drive: Still Chasing That Irreplaceable Feeling I Used To Get When I’d Dance My Little Heart Out On That Brown Carpet In The Living Room To Sheila And Jerome’s Records. 6. TOO TRILL “How do you find self-love? You dig. You isolate and you ache from being lonely. You heal. You accept, you look in the mirror and see God.” — twitter: @overlyxclusive. Also, you blast Solange, Rih, Bey, Nicki, and all the other Queens. 7. LAUGHS PT. III ...and for all the times I now laugh.  8. #NOPICKLEJUICE “I met God, she’s black.” 9. INTERLUDE - NINA: FREE. The goal. 10. SELF “Opulence: You own everything. Everything is yours.”