is a Performance Art Phenomenon
and the Lover of Low Creatures
the background image is a dance still of two Black Disabled dancers onstage, one a wheelchair user, the other Deaf, one femme, the other masculine. The femme dancer is wearing a heavenly and Grecian looking crown and a white dress and gold leggings. Their right leg is aloft as their lean back in their wheelchair, touching the extended left leg of the masculine dancer, who has long dreadlocks and is dancing from the floor in matching white top and gold bike shorts. The backdrop of their dance is a deep red umber.
NEVE (they/he/she) is a Nubian American enchantrexx of queer joy and consequences, creating and producing in the realms of dance, musical theatre, and experimental film, and casting spells in Duwamish (Seattle) and other Unceded Coast Salish Territories, and being of other rivers- the Raritan, the Mississippi, the Nile. He is a Levar Burton, Reading, Rainbow Lover. Great Great Grandchild of the Author of The Velveteen Rabbit. She is a river fairy and a merqueer and a chip of hard sap shimmering down to the bottom. They are a 2020 Pina Bausch Fellow, and one of the first two Americans to receive the award. They are an international award-winning actor and filmmaker. He likes to drink wine, coffee, tears, and sink into the dance. She is not afraid to rescue you from the sunken place or assist you in seeing her more clearly. They believe in God, Liberation, Land Back, Right of Return, Reparations, and the Loch Ness Monster. They are polyamorously gay married, and they talk to animals, but the talking to animals came first and shed light on future relating. Much like that velveteen rabbit, they are magic, mutable, and real.
Lover of Low Creatures, LLC, was founded in 2018 by NEVE. This company consults and educates on disability justice and accessibility/equity, produces performances, films, and access-centered events, and teaches access-centered multi origin contemporary dance online and in studio. The most recent addition to the LLC LLC pantheon is Mouthwater, a dance company and film production company. Mouthwater is producing the upcoming film adaptation of Lover of Low Creatures: The Exorcism of Snow, NEVE's 2019 play.
I create and teach a variety of class forms, usually centered around dance, improvisation, and performance. Due to safety precautions around COVID-19, all of my classes are currently being offered online.
This will be a lesson in falling in love with our bodies and our domestic spaces again, or for the first time. We will explore multicultural improvisational techniques that I have come upon throughout my 12 years of practicing solo improvisation, group improvisation, and contact improvisation. As we are sheltering in place so to speak, we have the opportunity to more deeply invest in site-specific physical and performative exploration in the places we think we know so well. Will you be surprised? Absolutely. Will you be shocked? I don’t know, but that would be fun. Let’s have a fun, weird, beautiful, heinous, moving, goofy, wild, profound time with our bodies and the places we call HERE, NOW.
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