Adds Donna is pleased to present our first Fall 2020 resident, Anthony Sims, as he develops and performs a new six part performance, Revenant, to be presented via twitch every Saturday evening beginning September 12th through October 17th. Link will be posted soon.
Revenant is a six-week performance piece on the process of reclaiming one’s own body in a world that tries to own them. Exploring The Black Body, based on Harvey Young’s book Embodying Black Experiences, The Black Body is not the actual physical body of an Afro American, but an imaginative body that hate and ignorance is directed towards. “The Black Body is who we see from that outside perspective. It is imagined and, yet, a highly recognizable figure who shadows the actual, unseen body.” Revenant will explore The Black Body by holding up a mirror to its oppressor by showing the physical manifestation of the shadow, and over time shedding the shadow’s layers. The piece will be in six parts, premiering each Saturday from 7-9 CT, and streamed live. Revenant will cover a specific period each week. Using the technique of collage, reclaiming ownership of the body through an artistic experience requires interdisciplinary elements to come together to create new meaning, thus new visibility within the world and ourselves. Using this interdisciplinary notion with collage, Revenant will explore specific historical events through imagery, movement, and music to create new visibility and ownership of not only Sims’s body but his ancestral bodies as well.
Anthony Sims is a Chicago interdisciplinary time-based performance artist/ Theatre Maker whose mission is to embody black and queer experiences through performance. Being a queer man of color coming from the south, he looks for ways of pushing against existing norms of art to convey honesty through incongruity. He currently holds a BFA in Musical Theatre and recently attended The Theatre School at DePaul University in the MFA in Acting program. Realizing his passion for Contemporary Performance Practices, he then transferred to the School of the Art Institute for his MFA in Performance. His work has been seen at Links Hall, No Nation Art Lab, Dfbrl8r Performance Art Gallery, The Chicago Physical Theatre Festival, The Peace Studio, and several other locations. He was also invited to participate in the Afro Hemispheric Residency that fosters Afrofuturism in Performance. Upcoming Performance Exhibition at Co-Prosperity later this fall.