At the risk of giving you too much information:
Raja and I spoke on a video call on June 18, 2021 around 3 in the afternoon. I was in my parents’ house in Baltimore for the first time in the pandemic — it had been 18 months since I’d last been there. These might be insignificant details or they might tell you a lot about this conversation when you’re reading it one day in the future.
I could have edited for length and clarity, but instead I chose to break the conversation into 10 chunks. Each of the following headings is found in our dialogue. This table of contents reads as a found poem and that delights me.
Choose your own adventure when reading. Practice possibility.Read Their Conversation
Sydnie L. Mosley is an artist-activist and educator who produces experiential dance works with her collective SLMDances. Through choreographic work, the collective works in communities to organize for gender and racial justice. Her evening length dances The Window Sex Project and BodyBusiness address sexual harassment in public spaces and the economics of NYC dance, respectively. Sydnie was recognized by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray for using her talents in dance to fuel social change. Sydnie is part of the Bessie Award winning cast of the skeleton architecture, the future of our worlds, curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa. Other recognitions include: LMCC Creative Engagement Grant, The Field Leadership Fund, CUNY Dance Initiative, Dancing While Black Artist Fellowship, The Performance Project @ University Settlement, Create Change Fellowship with The Laundromat Project, the Gibney Dance Institute for Community Action Training, and the inaugural Barnard Center for Research on Women Alumnae Fellow. She earned her MFA from the University of Iowa and BA from Barnard College at Columbia University. Sydnie danced with Christal Brown’s INSPIRIT and continues to appear as a guest artist for Brooklyn Ballet. An advocate for the field, Sydnie sits on the Advisory Committee to Dance/NYC.
photo credit: Jamie McLean