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​17 | #LelaAishaJones - FlyGround

On this episode your co-host Azaria interviews Dr. Lela Aisha Jones. On this episode, we talk about Jones’ creative process and her work that lead to a Bessie nomination, Black and African diasporic performance, how to locate your activist self, identity and spiritual wholeness, creating a system of online connections, and useful tips on how to balance the challenges of being a freelance artist.


[1:22] Azaria introduces Lela Aisha Jones


[2:43]Azaria asks: “Can you give us a break down of your day to day for your career?”

[10:23]Azaria asks: “For your activist self, you mentioned mining, witnessing, archiving could you speak more about these tools and how you use them?”

[17:47]Azaria asks: In Thinking Dance Lisa Kraus writes “There’s no guesswork here; all is explicit. Jones’ style is to play image after image, some short, for an amalgam of impressions of continuing injustice...about your work”. Can you talk about why using imagery is important for your process?

[22:08]Azaria asks: “I was watching clips from this performance, does this draw on the strange fruit idea from Billie Holiday’s song?”

[25:29]Azaria asks: “Would you tell us about your Bessie nominated work Plight Release and the Diasporic Body?”

[30:05]Azaria asks: “How is social media influencing your work?”


[36:48] Azaria asks:

1- If you had to recommend a resource to our audience what would it be?

2- What was the first dance you saw?

  • Two Step “with my family at a BBQ”

3- Do you think social media has a positive influence on the dance world (yes or no)?

  • BOTH “that is impossible to answer with a yes or no...I think it’s a little of both”