Solomon Berrio-Allen will be in residence at NAE developing his project Our Acres.
Our Acres opens thought and space to the abundant riches that the ancestors of the diaspora awoke, amongst the indelible colonial history it endured.
The project explores a reclamation of the authorship and sovereignty of our diasporic body and to grow ground for our nature, healing and spirited expression.
It stands as a time for our body’s song and remembrance of our sacredness, power, beauty and spirited ways – calling to the lands of the body as a prime gateway for this unfolding and exploration.
The project opens to the notion of ‘a new plantation’ – sowing seeds for greater livity and liberation.
400 years on, a watering, contemporary imagining and listening of our ancestors’ acres – the body.
Solomon is an artist of motion, choreographer, and movement facilitator working in the field of dance.
His work spans across stage productions and film and carries an affinity with unfolding the poetry & sensibilities of our human nature and connection to the heartbeat of the world beyond.
In addition to his independent projects he has also created works from Italy to Moscow for companies such as Stanislavsky Ballet Company and Dance Arts Faculty – N-EXT as well as worked on projects platformed at arts initiatives and festivals such as Nowness, BFI Black Star Season and Encounters short film festival.
He cites movement as a key for opening perception, healing and growing our relationship to the world and each other.
Some of his most recent works featured at Artcore Gallery and an immersive live art performance & installation at Silver Building with House of Mass as well as being an artist in residence at DARP this last year.
He further walks with a care for opening space to see people bloom, step into their aliveness and bring ears to our spirit. This called him to found the online platform @howareyoudance looking at ‘how we are through movement’ and which stood as a home for conversation, community, exchange and collective growth.