Aug 2-4: Appropriate?
LV Dance Collectiveʼs 5th Home Season
In Valentino’s 2016 “Tribal Africa” fashion show, models predominantly white strutted down the runway wearing cornrows and Austrian model Nadine Leopold took to the catwalk wearing a Native American headdress designed by Victoria’s Secret. Cultural Appropriation is nothing new in the fashion world and media. However, in LV Dance Collective’s 5th Home Season Production titled: Appropriate?, we will challenge that question: “Is it appropriate or not?”
“Appropriate?” examines cultural appropriation, asking the questions: “Why is it so offensive?”, “Who indeed profits from it?”, “Can there be a proper occasion to appropriate?”, and “What are some imprecations that can emerge, specifically for the minority societies?”
LVDC will explore this controversial matter, by utilizing modern dance vocabulary and indigenous rooted movement. LVDC’s Artistic Directors, Kao Vey Sebastian Saephanh, an Asian man born in Thailand whose ethnicity is Mien (an indigenous tribe from China), and Martha L. Z. Pamintuan, who is half Salvadorian and half Nicaraguan, will pilot the audience with sensitivity and compassion of misappropriation through the lens of minorities.