Briana Ashley Stuart (USA/BE)
International Dance Artist Briana Ashley Stuart is an American performer, teacher, choreographer, and entrepreneur who currently lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. She has a wide range of professional experiences in contemporary dance and the art form of Stepping, an African American Dance Tradition. She is interested in how the history and culture of art forms directly relate to the human condition and sense of expression.
Briana Ashley Stuart (USA/BE): FreeForm
"It is probably true quite generally that in the history of human thinking the most fruitful developments frequently take place at those points where two different lines of thoughts meet. These lines may have their roots in quite different parts of human culture, in different times or different cultural environments and different religious traditions. Hence if they actually meet, that is, is they are at least so much related to each other that a real interaction can take place, then one may hope that new and interesting developments may follow". - Werner Heisenberg.
In the FreeForm project, Briana will be reconciling the freedom found in contemporary movement with the technical form of Stepping, an African American Form of Body Percussion. Her research will question the rhythmic, meditative and ritualistic feeling of Stepping with the spontaneity and uncertainty of Contemporary dance. Although seemingly different, she hopes to reconcile the dynamic, intention and transformative quality of both dance forms.
In collaboration with Citylab