Activism is in Brittany Williams’ blood. So is street dance. So is the legacy of her Bahamian ancestors and the struggle of Black people in Florida.
She brings them to moving life in Swamp Body – Recollections of the Salt Water Railroad: embodied ritual, celebration, protest, struggle. “We still have that history in our bodies,” Williams says. “How do you access that information? It has to be through movement.”
Brittany Williams, a womanist, a ride or die freedom fighter, and art-maker – creates work that is the part reality, part fugitive. Brittany’s artistic work biomythically explores her ancestral lineage and memory of growing up in the swamplands of Florida. Brittany has traveled to various places in the Caribbean, South America, and Europe. She is a principal dancer with Olujimi Dance ( Michelle Grant Murray), and is a collaborator with Slippage (Thomas DeFrantz). She is a founder of Dancing for Justice organization, We Keep Us Safe Abolitionist Network, and Obika Dance. Williams work includes formerly organizing to stop the construction of four new jails in New York City, stopping the expansion of 500 new cops in the subway and also building out an mutual aid network focused on community safety and collectively being invested in each others’ safety and wellness. WIlliams uses dance and art making as a premise to organize and activate community to culturally, politically and socioeconomically shift and force radical change, disrupt, dismantle systems of oppression.
Eventz Paul is currently the Technical Director and Productions Manager at Miami Light Project. He has been a part of this organization since 2011. He participated in Miami Light Project’s first class of the Technical Fellowship Program held at The Light Box. He joined this program hoping to improve his existing theater skills. He received training from experts in the industry that mentored and further his theater technical skills. Now, he has successfully used his professional knowledge and has had the opportunity to work with various arts organizations and venues throughout Miami including Miami Theater Center, National Young Arts Foundation, the Colony Theatre and many more. He has become an instructor and conducts audiovisual classes to incoming technical fellows.
Beth Boone has been the Artistic & Executive Director of Miami Light Project since 1998, developing critically acclaimed artistic programs that have asserted the organization as one of the leading cultural institutions in South Florida. These programs include: the establishment of Here & Now, South Florida’s most respected commission and presenting program for community-based artists; premiere presentations of internationally acclaimed; pioneering historic international cultural exchange with Cuba; and the creation of The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, a multi-use performance and visual art space in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. She previously served as Associate Director of Development for Florida Grand Opera, Deputy Director for the Department of Cultural Affairs at Miami Dade Community College, Wolfson Campus, co-founded an Off Broadway theater company (New York Rep), and served for six years as a Program Associate in the Arts & Culture Program of the AT&T Foundation. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, and a MFA in Theater Arts from Brandeis University in Boston, MA.