Created and Produced by Initiative.dkf, the founders of Melanin Box Festival and creators of Silhouettez Theatre. SCALPED is a new outdoor dance theatre piece which explores the objectification of black women’s hair through the eyes of western society.
Sprung from the passive but ever present scrutiny which black women face every day; from the way they walk, to the way they talk, to the way they wear their hair. With a nod to Grace Jones, self-acceptance triumphs through movement and rhythm in a world where the corporate playground meets the fantastic.
MUSIC & MOVEMENT: an emotive mix of various styles/genres frames the piece from contemporary to old skool sounds including Hip Hop, Dancehall, Afrobeats, Vogue. Mirroring the multi-dimensional Black woman and the many different Black women that exist
QUOTES: from Grace Jones are utilised throughout like “being masculine, what is that?” exemplifying how she lived beyond expectations of what a Black woman can think, say, or be. As well as excerpts from real life experiences collected from Black Women, Scalped features original poetry from co-creator DK; as well as Elizabeth Acevedo’s “Hair” and Crystal Valentine & Aaliyah Jihad’s “Hide Your Shea Butter”. Plus quotes from Floetry’s Natalie Stewart and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.
A MESSAGE FROM THE WRITER – DKFASH
“It’s an idea which women can connect with. The feeling that you have to attach something for beauty; natural is not enough. For us its goes beyond this. Attach whatever you want to your hair, or rock it natural. Love yourself- don’t be afraid to explore with attachments, but don’t get lost in it either. You are not the attachment.”