Selected Creative Works

"The year my father died, I became a writer. Then the year my mother died, I became a performer."

TURNTABLES

Directed by
Latanya d. Tigner and Lashon Daley

 

TURNTABLES centers the story of the Cal Bearettes and their struggle to find space and respect on UC Berkeley's campus. This dance film highlights the trials that Black women and women of color have faced as  they seek to find resources, provisions, and a safe place to call their  own.

Visit www.tdps.berkeley.edu to watch now!

Streaming on demand until Dec. 31.

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How to Take Root

Created and Produced by
Lashon Daley

 

“How to Take Root” is a sonic synopsis of Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai, a documentary co-directed and produced by Lisa Merton. Written in the second person addressed to Maathai, "How To Take Root" was created by reading the text aloud. The recording was slowed and stretched out using an effect called Paulstretch. Ambient sounds of nature are audible in the background.

Commissioned by IrieDance with support from the David Brower Center.

Click here to visit the virtual exhibit.

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Seeds of Hope

Choreographed by
Cherie Hill

Danced by
Cherie Hill and Lashon Daley


Shot and edited by
Alexa Burrell

Seeds of Hope is a dance film about the story, emotions, and actions of Wangari Maathai and the Green Belt Movement women who risked their lives to plant trees throughout Kenya.

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She-Verse

Choreographed by
Cherie Hill

Photographed by Robbie Sweeny

 

She-Verse is a multi-media piece inspired by drifting water, land, ancestors, bravery, and eco-feminism.

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How We Play

Choreographed by
Lashon Daley

Danced by
Joyce Chan, Lashon Daley, Kyra Katagi

How We Play focuses on the movement narratives that are developed when learning the rules of social engagement.

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Will This Work?

Choreographed by
Lashon Daley

Danced by
Joyce Chan and Tanvi Mongia

Will This Work?  highlights the difficulty of building relationships.

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The Carter Sisters

Written by
Lashon Daley

Directed by
Ra Malika Imhotep

The Carter Sisters is a play about the sisterhood of Tiana and Lorraine Carter as they grapple with the recent death of their mother through their artistic practices—Tiana through her spoken-word poetry and Lorraine through her play writing. However, offstage, their relationship is stifling and combative. As they work to reconcile their relationship, their estranged father is released from his 20-year stint in prison and wants to become a part of their lives again.

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Basura

Choreographed by
josé a. nuño

Danced by
Lashon Daley and josé a. nuño

Basura explored issues of diversity, trash, and longing.

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Once Upon A Time

Written and Performed by
Lashon Daley

Photographed by 
Alessandra Mello

Once Upon a Time is an investigative performance of some of the key theoretical workings of storytelling.

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Stories & Slams
Archive

Created and Produced by
Lashon Daley

Stories&Slams is a podcast that focuses on the story behind the words. Whether a personal tale or a paragraph read from a favorite literary text, Stories&Slams celebrates the magic and power of the spoken word.

Click here to listen on Soundcloud.

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