“[Sydnie’s Work] addressed misogyny, violence, oppression, shaming, body policing, internalized negativity… but also celebrated the power and wonder of [women’s] bodies… We are meant to take joy in [our bodies] outside of society’s strictures… This is fundamentally revolutionary stuff.” – InfiniteBody, Eva Yaa Asantewaa
Sydnie L. Mosley Dances (SLMDances) is an all-women, New York-based contemporary dance company that works in communities to organize for gender and racial justice through experiential dance performance. SLMDances’ works involve audiences in the artistic process, provoke a visceral reaction to the physicality on stage, and incite conversations. The movement vocabulary spans modern, ballet, and African dance, while dancers frequently use their voice with spoken text and audible breath. Through dimensional compositions, specific, textured movement, humor and character development, choreographed works appeal to a sense of humanity. The core values of SLMDances are: Dreaming, Individuality, Activism, Community, Authenticity, and Learning. The company situates itself amongst the Harlem arts community by creating and presenting dance uptown; partnering with other Harlem artists and businesses; and focusing community-based initiatives within Harlem. SLMDances travels for projects both domestically and internationally as relevant to the mission and interests of the company.
Featured Image Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sydnie L. Mosley Dances