Asia Pyron/PYDANCE presents POOL
Asia Pyron/PYDANCE presents POOL as part of Reflections and Deep Dives, a project celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Centennial Art Center by first reflecting on the building’s former use as a whites only swimming pool. POOL is inspired by and in response to historical events related to the closing of Nashville’s public swimming pools after African American students Matthew Walker, Jr. and Kwame Leo Lillard attempted to integrate the pool. The performance takes place in the former deep end of the pool and addresses the ways African Americans have contributed to the success of the country and served as its backbone yet continue to be overlooked and ignored instead of celebrated and supported. PYDANCE explores the ways in which African Americans and other marginalized communities have suffered systemic oppression but continue to find ways to celebrate and uplift themselves. PYDANCE aims to shine a light on complicity and the ways it keeps us trapped in a loop of systemic racism, highlighting how reconciliation is only possible after we confront our past.
The performance is 75 minutes without intermission. Limited seating is available but feel free to bring a camping chair. The performance space is fully ADA-accessible.
*Saturday’s performance will take place as part of a gallery opening from 4-8 pm for “Immersion,” an exhibit featuring large scale artwork by Elisheba Israel Mrozik, Michael Mucker, and Arjae Thompson.
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