This summer, Krystal Collins/new growth collective will present a site-specific, movement-based performance commission and presentation at the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens from Wednesday, July 21 to Sunday, July 25. In partnership with Hillwood, the performance work will be presented in tandem with California-based sculpture artist Kristine Mays’ incoming sculpture installation, Rich Soil. The exhibition features 29 life-sized sculptures capturing bodies in motion. Mays says that her sculptures were inspired by Alvin Ailey’s acclaimed work, Revelations. Each of the installations are accompanied by narratives written by Mays which are inspired by African-American sayings, culture and folklore.
In dialogue with Rich Soil, Krystal Collins/new growth collective’s commissioned work aims to amalgamate many facets of Blackness, including queerness, girl/womanhood, popular culture, joy, and ancestral and spiritual practices. This inaugural work as Krystal Collins/new growth collective will leverage these themes in order to create a sustainable artistic practice that is community-centered.
Hailing from the midwest, Krystal Leniece Collins (she/they) captivated their first audience in the produce section of the local grocery chain, Moo & Oink. They are a performer, choreographer, dance educator, curator, administrator and, most importantly, a proud power disrupting Sagittarius. For them, dance and movement are vehicles that drive toward community, social change and liberation. As a Black non-binary femme, Collins’ artistic practice amalgamates many lenses of Blackness, including queerness, girl/womanhood, popular culture, joy, ancestral and spiritual practices. new growth collective is a decentralized movement and dance education incubator that champions fluidity, world building and movement as mutual aid.