Hey there, I’m Jade Solomon Curtis, dance artist and choreographer interested in the body as an artifact of memory, space and time.
I integrate Black vernacular movements with contemporary dance, innovative technology and Hip Hop cultural influences. Through the lens of a contemporary Black woman, my works ponder tradition and reinvention, social justice, social constructs as well as intuition and logic- often resulting in the subversion of an idea.
My current work, Black Like Me: An Exploration of the Word Nigger, is a multi-sensory dance work that explores the reverb of a single word in a global community. It considers the effects of the word nigger, all its permutations, its history and its casual use in Hip Hop culture. Comprised of 5 sections created in collaboration with two of America’s leading Black media-design technologists, original sound composition and local activists; it asks if it is possible to redefine a word that was intended to belittle a people.