I am a writer and a street dancer. Since 1996, I have studied, taught, and performed dance in Japan, India, New York, London, Israel, Portland, and San Francisco. Dancing on beaches, boardwalks, deserts, clubs, bedrooms, streets, and rooftops, I am digging wells to god. In the ecstatic exploration of inner stillness, I find art. Playing with words and movement, I dream that through art we will avenge ourselves by wildly willing a new paradigm; one that holds the great vision of unity in diversity.
For the past six years, I have been in the creative conundrum of working to translate years of dance into expressions in poetry and painting.
When I bring my dance to a canvas or a poem, the process becomes an exhaustive expression of life. Some of my paintings are created without paintbrushes, instead using only my feet and hands while dancing. I feel freedom when I dance and when I write. I am experimenting with ways to share this freedom with others.
These great literary artists are among the most influential in my life: Anais Nin, Sonia Sanchez, Eminem, Mary Oliver, Rainer Maria Rilke, The Last Poets, and Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī. The visual artists who have most inspired me are: Marco Cochrane, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Richard Diebenkorn, JMW Turner, and Sulamith Wulfing.
For the last five years I have written 1000 words a day about 70% of the time.
That’s approximately 1,277,500 words.
I’ve spent the latter half of 2017 reading all of that writing.
Predominantly what I write about is SEX, DEATH, and RACISM.
Currently, I am working on a performance art piece that explores these three topics through dance, music, comedy, digital projection, and hip hop/spoken word poetry. This event is a collaboration with local artists.
The intended outcome for all who participate and attend is that we experience compassion for our humanity, that we feel brotherly love and sisterly love for one another, and that we exalt our creative minds together thereby causing a brilliant ripple of love and respect out into the universe.