Although the dancers Farah Deen and Olivia Mitterhuemer could not see each other during the corona lockdown, their ideas were still blooming. The Flavourama founders met again after a standstill of more than two months to express their experiences – in particular the appreciation of art – through dance. The fact that a worldwide protest against racism arises a few weeks later has led the two to provide the choreography, which is danced to Tracy Chapman’s “Revolution”, with a clear statement.
The past few months have given us time and space to reflect, learn and change. 2020 has been a revolution in many ways – be it a global pandemic or a worldwide uprising against racism. As dancers, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do if it wasn’t for Black Music, Black Culture and Black People. At the same time we acknowledge the privileges and benefits of growing up, living and working within White structures. As a Woman of Color and a White Woman we can only get a glimpse of how Black people feel, yet we will stand for justice. We will support Black people always, but we will also listen, learn and grow. This video was recorded in early May. In view of the events since it would feel wrong to share it without speaking on these issues. Dance has always been our most genuine form of expression – this video is a result of just that. We dance about a revolution.
– Some parts of this footage were filmed with a Super 8 camera.
Choreography & Dance: Farah Deen & Olivia Mitterhuemer
Camera & Edit: Shereen Deen & Marko Mestrovic
Song: Tracy Chapman – Talkin’ Bout a Revolution (all rights reserved to the artist)