D Underbelly

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D Underbelly performing Koool-Aid Luv Odyssey at the Transmodern Festival in Baltimore on March 31, 2007

D Underbelly (styled D UNDERBELLY) is an underground network of independent performance artists and dancers of color based in Brooklyn, New York, founded in 1997 by Artistic Director Baraka de Soleil. D Underbelly is invested in interdisciplinary exploration through the excavation of new work and communal exchange and reflects the traditions of the African diaspora immersed in a contemporary reality.[1]

The company’s work is diverse, difficult to characterise, and has included plays, elements of modern dance and African dance, new media, performance art and installation art. D Underbelly has toured the United States and internationally.

Works include:

  • N This Hous [sic], developed at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center Residency Program
  • Water Moves the Soul, a project based on the physical, spiritual and emotional memories of ancestors who went through the Atlantic slave trade
  • Koool-Aid Luv Odyssey, a hip trip psychedelic journey though the fixating liquid legacies of our society, premiering at BAX / Brooklyn Arts Exchange in February 2007

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