I’m originally from a neighborhood and a city that has expressed people’s value through what type of space they can access. As a kid I was surrounded by graffiti and open lots that were commandeered by the community and transformed into gardens and that is what got my juices flowing: what if I could transform a wall’s identity? If I could repurpose it for a conversation about space and place, what an exciting physical and linguistic discussion we could be having! Not a wall that separates, but one that welcomes; one that showcases the people who came to our shores and those who are still trying.
— Choreographer Stefanie Batten Bland
Read my interview with Bland about Bienvenue欢迎WelcomeBienvenidoأهلا بك, her newest work at La MaMa Moves, and learn more about her inspiration for the piece.