Most Recent Work
More work to come 🙂
UPDATE!!! COLUMBUS ALIVE MAGAZINE
I was chosen to be in the special May issue: Racial Divide for Columbus Alive Magazine. Special thanks to Tim Johnson and Brittany Mosley for seeing my work with the Columbus City Council because they reached out to me because they wanted to highlight want it means to be Black in Columbus. I will be in the issue along side some great people from Columbus.
It is an honor to be in this magazine because they wanted to see my process as an artist. There is a deep dive into how I create work, how I use my poetry to influence my work, and what it means to be a black artist in Columbus. The issue is finally live and it is hard copy and digital. Here is the link to the online article with a video of what I created for it:
The video is of my original movement that is inspired by an excerpt from my poem “Black Women”
Want a copy??? Head over to a Barnes and Noble in Columbus and snag you one!
NEW! COLUMBUS CULTURAL ARTS CENTER – ARTIST RESIDENCY
It is with great honor that I can finally say that I was awarded the fall/winter residency with the Columbus Cultural Arts Center (CAC). Out of 40+ applicants, I was selected by a panel of 6 individuals. Two were selected: Tiffany Lawson and I.
I have a great idea in store! Using what has been given to me and what I have learned through the art of dance, I will be using my residency to produce a FREE dance workshop series. The workshop will consist of many different forms of dance genres. I dont want to give to much out yet, but believe me when I say, my heart and soul is going into this workshop!
BE ON THE LOOK OUT IN SEPTEMBER!!!
(check out the link to the official website and the link to the CAC instagram page below:
Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/p/CNswFYrlwQq/
NEW! ACTING: LAST AND FIRST WOMAN – A SHORT FILM by ADAN SIDDIQUE
You read that right!
What I am about the say is one of the most jaw dropping opportunities offered to me. I was offered, and accepted, the chance to be an actress in a short film. The film is called Last and First Women. It is directed by Adnan Siddique and produced by his partner, Molly Brun! Adnan is an award winner, and in 2020, his short film won Ohio Best Short. He has also had a short film be presented in Sundance. So I am overjoyed to know that they really wanted to work with me!
I will be playing the role of Cam, the secondary character who is not so secondary ;)! We are in the process of working and will be filming very soon! Be on the look out for the final film! If you would like to know more, let me know! We can talk about it. 🙂
NEW! DAYTON LIBRARY PHOTOGRAPHY INSTALLATION
I have the opportunity to work with my amazing teacher/dance father Rodney Veal, in addition to Susan Byrnes on a photography installation in the new public library on the West side of Dayton, Ohio.
Here is the press release associated with this project:
“Cincinnati artist Susan Byrnes, working in collaboration with Dayton choreographer and multidisciplinary artist Rodney Veal and former DCDC dancer Brianna Rhodes, will produce a series of five large expressionistic photographs. The photos will depict Veal’s choreography, based on the classical composer, John Carter’s “Cantata” in five movements, which Rhodes will perform. The photographs will be as abstract as Norman Lewis’ artwork, capturing the movement of the dancer through lights embedded in the dancer’s costume.“
I am super excited to see the final product. As of now, we are in rehearsal and I must say, it’s going to be amazing. Tune back in towards the end of May to see the final product of this amazing project!
Below is an example of what the photographs will look like:
NEW! EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS INCUBATION PROGRAM at the LINCOLN THEATRE
I was chosen to join the prestigious program in the City of Columbus known as the Expand your Horizons Incubation Program, hosted at the Lincoln Theatre by Ms. Suzan Bradford. The incubation program serves as a program to help emerging, and professional artist codify their brand, artwork, and value as an artist. There is a series of classes that we attended monthly that will serve as tools as we grow into the artist we want to be. Following the completion of the program, there will be a graduation as well as an honorarium to help us move forward as artist!
I am so excited to be apart of this program because some of Columbus’ greatest artists are products of this program. I am happy to say that one day, I will be an alumni of this program. Thank you Suzan Bradford Kounta and her council for choosing me to be apart of this program!
I performed with Jason Moncrief and Donald Isom at this years Wonderball.
(up for only a short time)
Shades of Color by Jason Moncrief
Choreography by Donald Isom and Brianna Rhodes
Creative consulting with Gamaal Brown!
I had the honor to choreograph and perform for TEDxDayton yet again with my dance father Rodney Veal. In collaboration with Josh Strange (composer) and Rodney Veal (videographer, costume designer, creative director), created “When You Say Her Name”. A dance film in memory of Breonna Taylor, a woman who was killed in her sleep by a white police officer. Sadly her killers got acquitted and Breonna never received justice. In her memory, this dance film was created.
Check out this great documentary created by Sterling Carter entitled “Our Voices: the Sounds of the Silenced” which highlights the voices of black women in Columbus, Ohio. I had the honor to be featured in his short film and talk about what it’s like being a black female artist in Columbus.