How to Be Afraid?

2017-2020

We stage verbalized duels, choreograph scare tactics or, come to tears and laughter as a practice toward SEEING -- with hopes that engaging audiences with this work will allow all of us to see together. In this SEEING we might find respite, and learn, How to Be Afraid.

We study how history warps memory in real time and even in our relationship, and we seek healing knowing that there are no solutions. However, our separate but connected historical realities inform us of the journey towards repair work and eventually reparations.

mayfield brooks improvises while black, and is currently based in brooklyn, new york. mayfield is a movement-based performance artist, urban farmer, writer, and wanderer. they studied contemporary dance at the school for new dance (sndo) in amsterdam, moving on center in oakland, ca, and holds a mfa in interdisciplinary performance from uc davis and a masters in performance studies from northwestern university. mayfield is currently a 2017 artist in residence at movement research in nyc, was a 2018 wow/uny artist in residence at governor's island, a 2019 dance and process artist at the kitchen, and has performed & taught nationally and internationally.