Washington Post: Holly Bass and Jaamil Olawale Kosoko: Double Consciousness

"...Both say they use a vernacular that’s pop. 'I’m a trained performer. I have the ability to do highly technical work,' Kosoko explains. In using movements that feel more of the street than of the studio, he says, 'I’m combating that.' It’s there that his work intersects most with that of Bass, a dancer trained in everything from ballet to modern dance. Refusing to be labeled as either 'dancer' or 'poet,' each will blend language and visual art references with dance in a single piece. Both, too, are committed to exploring identity. 'I think I will always come back to blackness,' Bass says. 'It seems endlessly rich...'

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