Tall tales: New book shows off artist’s work with stilt dancers

Lauren Anderson Barbata has friends in high places.

The artist has spent a decade making films, creating costumes, and even running errands on the low ground — ensuring everyone’s got their emergency kits — for towering stilt dancers known as “moko jumbies” in Brooklyn and abroad.

Dancers of moko jumbie, which is emblematic of African-Carribean culture, perform on stilts as high as 15 feet.

“I serve as a link between the earth and the sky,” said Barbata, whose monographic book “Transcommunality: Interventions and Collaborations in Stilt Dancing Communities” is launching at Greenlight bookstore in Fort Greene this May 25.

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 Parading: Zalika Cuffy Scott, Uniq Jeanette Peter, Aliyah Parris, Burundi Johnson Chung, and Jeanine Johnson are part of the Brooklyn Jumbies, who performed as the Colors of Mexico at the West Indian American Junior Carnival, in 2010. Photo © Grank Veronsky.

Parading: Zalika Cuffy Scott, Uniq Jeanette Peter, Aliyah Parris, Burundi Johnson Chung, and Jeanine Johnson are part of the Brooklyn Jumbies, who performed as the Colors of Mexico at the West Indian American Junior Carnival, in 2010. Photo © Grank Veronsky.

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