Victoria Bradford and Xinqi Tao, Neighborhood Dances, Chicago and Shanghai

with Baiqi Chen, Asha Veal Brisebois

 

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Two years ago, dancer and SAIC alumnus Victoria Eleanor Bradford took her work to the front lawns of the Lake Charles, Louisiana neighborhood in which she grew up. Without permission—trespassing as she captured her dances on video—she began a daily ritual that has continued today, and into Chicago.

For Neighborhood Dances, each dance is performed live on camera for a duration ranging 30 seconds to 30 minutes, then edited to 15 seconds (the allowed duration) for posting on Instagram. Videos, still images, and other materials are distributed across social media, appropriately cataloged and tagged.

An emerge original interview with Victoria and her colleague Xinqi Tao, one of Neighborhood Dances company members, is available above. Image gallery below.

Text above courtesy of Victoria Bradford, images courtesy of Victoria and Xinqi Tao.

  • with Baiqi Chen, Asha Veal Brisebois

    text by Victoria Bradford
    images by Victoria Bradford and Xinqi Tao, for Neighborhood Dances
    interview produced by Baiqi Chen, Asha Veal Brisebois