Episode 102 | Social Justice in Dance Film w/ André M. Zachery

On this episode, Azaria speaks with André M. Zachery of Renegade Performance Group about social justice and dance film. They go into detail about subtle vs overt ways to express social justice themes, Afro-futurism, and advice to those seeking to make dance film with a social awareness factor. (24:18)


[0:53] The Team says welcome back and talks about the background of artist André M. Zachery.


[[1:41] Topic: All About André

  • [1:41] Azaria asks: “For those who may not know about you, what kind of work do you make, and can you tell us a little bit about Renegade Performance Group?”

  • [3:36] Azaria asks: “Is that [his prior response] essentially the definition of Afro-Futurism?”

  • [5:05] Azaria asks: “What is your ‘why’ behind making Black/Afro-diasporic dance?”

[9:16] Topic: Dance Film & Activism

  • [9:16] Azaria asks: “How do you do that? How do you take dance film and these subjects, and how do you make the future version or do the next thing?”

  • [12:36] Azaria asks: “Do you think there is a certain responsibility or a certain way that we need to engage in work that is meant to have some type of activist underlying? Is there something we need to hold precious?”

  • [23:37] Azaria asks: “Do you have any other advice for making dance film?”


[26:07] Azaria asks:

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

[1:00:12] Azaria asks:

2- What was the first dance you saw?

  • The Nutcracker

[1:00:58] Azaria asks:

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

  • No

[1:01:20] Azaria asks:

4- What is your favorite social media platform?

  • Twitch

Recommended Resources:

Submit Your Film to the kNOwBOX dance Film Festival

Watch the 2021 kNOwBOX dance Film Festival

Connect with André M. Zachery

Instagram: @amzrpg @RenegadePG

Facebook: /andre.m.zachery /rpgbrooklyn

Twitter: https://twitter.com/renegadepg

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC81vmyq1jNrAC2hp60f1Bbw

Vimeo: https://vimeopro.com/renegadepg/rpgfilms

Website: https://www.renegadepg.com

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