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Horizons Foundation - Our Stories of Resistance and Healing - India Sky

Category: Lecture-Discussion2018-07-10  
Project: Horizons Q Series - Queer Art – Our Stories of Resistance and Healing
Q Series 2018

Queer Art: Our Stories of Resistance and Healing
Queer Art has always told a deep narrative of our LGBTQ community. Throughout modern history it has told intricate tales of our struggles, our resistance, and our healing. Today, queer art and artists play a prominent role in our larger culture but in the process, has it lost its identity? At our free Q Series event, our distinguished panelists will be discussing how queer art fuels the resistance and whether, by taking up space in nontraditional areas, it still yields the same effects that it has in the past?

India Sky, Artistic Director of Topsy Turvy Queer Circus ‎

A trained acrobat and aerialist, India Sky combines physical feats with dance to illustrate the breadth of her inspirations. Also skilled in moving image and writing, India has been a solo and collaborative creator of numerous productions spanning a variety of disciplines. In February 2016 she completed a solo multidisciplinary performance and visual art show, An Angel’s Manifesto which included site specific pole performance and photo series. She is the Artistic Director of Topsy Turvy Queer Circus, an all Queer and Trans artists of color production that blends aerial and acrobatic arts with dance and film.

Now in its 5th year, Topsy Turvy has become a pioneer and treasure of Queer of color circus, artistry and storytelling in the Bay Area and nationally. In 2016 India created PARADISE, a large scale afro-surrealist circus narrative told in three parts over three years. PARADISE recently completed its second production in June 2017, and the last part of the trilogy will be complete in May 2018. When not in the theater India can be found performing within the bars and clubs of Bay Area queer nightlife. She also teaches regular aerial hoop and pole dance classes in her hometown, Oakland California, including weekly classes specifically for Queer and Trans People of Color. India’s work has received generous support from the Astraea Foundation, Bay Area Dancers Group, The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, The Horizons Foundation, California Arts Council, San Francisco Arts Council, and Left Tilt.

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Location: New Conservatory Theatre
Venue: New Conservatory Theatre
Organization: Horizons Foundation


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