Synopsis

LINKt, to put it simply, is about the relationship between a Black woman and a white woman. Performed and co-directed by Joy-Marie Thompson and Sherah Shipman, the two women use a orange rubber band that is tied by their waists to represent the power struggles, differences in privilege, and the dynamics of labor between them.

Funding

Funding for LINKt was provided by the Investing in Professional Artists
Grants Program, a partnership of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz
Endowments.

 
 

The Creative Directors

Joy-Marie Thompson

Thompson is a freelance dance artist from Pittsburgh, PA. She graduated from The Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase in 2018. She has professionally performed the choreography of Sidra Bell, Shamel Pitts, Staycee Pearl, and Maxine Doyle for Sleep No More (NYC). She has presented her own choreography nationally and internationally including with Derida Dance Center (Sofia, Bulgaria). TONGUE TIED SHREWS (2018), her first film with Sherah Shipman was screened in various festivals worldwide; including Lincoln Center. Thompson is also the founder of @issadancelook. 

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Sherah Shipman

Sherah Shipman is a freelance movement artist and filmmaker from Houston, TX. She graduated from the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase with a BFA in Dance Performance and a minor in Arts Management. There she met, Joy-Marie Thompson, and upon graduation created TONGUE TIED SHREWS (2018). The dance film has been screened nationally and abroad including at Lincoln Center at the Dance on Camera festival in 2018. Based in Brooklyn, NY, Shipman has professionally performed for the likes of Dylan Crossman, Chuck Wilt's UNA Projects and collaborates with Raucous & Quill. 

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Credits

CREATIVE DIRECTORS 
Sherah Shipman and Joy-Marie Thompson


CHOREOGRAPHY BY 
Sherah Shipman and Joy-Marie Thompson


PERFORMED BY 
Sherah Shipman and Joy-Marie Thompson


FILM DIRECTOR
Casey Brooks 


ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Desmond Confoy


CINEMATOGRAPHER
Victoria Sendra

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Joy-Marie Thompson


ORIGINAL SCORE COMPOSED AND PERFORMED BY 

Sadie Powers

 

RACIAL EQUITY CONSULTANT

Monica Nyenkan

DRAMATURG

Valencia Wallace

STYLIST

Sherah Shipman

ADDITIONAL COSTUME DESIGN 

Jill Thompson 

GAFFER

John Frisbie 

 

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT 

Rosemarie Albanese 

 

LOCATION SCOUT 

Jill Thompson 

 

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