What it is to Dance is a true improvisational celebration between dance and percussion.
London based contemporary dancers Zakiya Wellington and Omari Carter feature in Jeffrey Darling’s short film ‘What it is to Dance’, celebrating their passion for free movement and street dancing.
‘What it is to Dance’ is a piece inspired by the street dancers and musicians inhabiting London’s local communities. Whilst working on another film project, Darling was interested in utilising the Old Naval College in Greenwich as a way to counter-act and challenge the traditional setting for street dance. After arriving in the early morning with Zakiya and Omari, there was a brief conversation to develop a simple structure which slowly built into a performance piece that remains true to their personal dance characters.
The piece’s chronology allows Omari and his stomping to draw Zakiya out of this historic structure and awaken her into a movement frenzy. The drums take control over both of them, highlighting the moments that create imbalance. ‘What it is to Dance’ is a true improvisational celebration between dance and percussion.
Zakiya Wellington and Omari Carter
Directed by Jeffrey Darling
Words by Map of the Heart