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81 | Forging Your Own Space w/ Filmmaker Jade Charon

Updated: May 11, 2021

On this episode, Azaria and Reyna interview Jade Charon to talk about her dance film “Gold”. Azaria and Reyna dig deep into Jade’s process as a dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, interdisciplinary artist, and black woman. They discuss the importance of building community and forging your own space as an artist. Get ready to hear from this Milwaukee native who is making her own dreams come true and literally making super heroes. (44:36)


[0:33] The Team says welcome back and introduces Jade Charon. Yeajean asks co-host Reyna and Azaria what were their favorite highlights from this episode.


[2:23] Topic: A Filmmaker in 2020

  • [2:23] Reyna asks: “Could you describe yourself in a sentence?”

  • [3:22] Azaria asks: “ Can you tell us a little more about this dance film and maybe about the process and why it was important to you?”

  • [6:18] Azaria asks: “Can you dig a little bit deeper? Why this particular imagery?”

[10:03] Topic: Community Building in Milwaukee and Beyond

  • [10:03] Reyna asks: “How do you see yourself building community through your films?”

  • [13:21] Azaria asks: “Can you talk about filmmaking in other communities or other places of “home” for you?” and “Is there always something you want your film or audience members to take away from these films?”

  • [17:19] Azaria asks: “At the end of the process what do you want them to feel or walk away with? Is there a message behind all of your films, or just Gold in particular, that you want people or the viewer to understand?”

  • [19:26] Reyna asks: “Is there someone who moved you? Do you have a role model that moved you? Who are they?”

[26:22] Topic: Forging Your Own Space

  • [26:22] Reyna asks: “What initiated your desire to be a filmmaker?”

  • [28:28] Azaria asks: “Have you noticed if there are inequities within dance film or film in general? Do you think there is space for black women or do you think there needs to be more space?”

  • [32:23] Azaria asks: “Are there things or roadblocks you have come across, now that you are getting more and more veteran, that you would have told your younger self?”

  • [35:05] Reyna asks: “Would you give the same advice to the younger generation of dancers right now? Or would it be something different?”

  • [37:55] Azaria asks: “Can you talk about the process of how you are using social media to serve you while you are also doing community building?

[54:57] Azaria asks:

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

[55:26] Reyna asks:

2- What was the first dance you saw?

  • Rhythm Nation by Janet Jackson

[55:33] Azaria asks:

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

  • In between

[55:46] Reyna asks:

4- What is your favorite social media platform?

  • Instagram and Facebook

Recommended Resources

Connect with Jade Charon

Facebook- /byjadecharon

Instagram- @jade_charon

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