André M. Zachery and LaMont Hamilton
In partnership with the August Wilson Center, Hi-ARTS presents Dapline!, a choreographic work stemming from the collaboration between André M. Zachery and visual artist LaMont Hamilton. This project looks at the origins and continued practice of “the DAP” or dapping; the intricate handshakes that serve as greetings usually between Black men in the United States. Developed by Black combat troops during the Vietnam War, giving dap was actually an acronym for dignity and pride. Currently, dapping is associated with urban Black youth and has been co-opted into popular culture, gang culture, and even professional sport culture through mass media marketing. This performance seeks to be a public engagement opportunity over the ever-relevant issue of Black existence in the United States relating to masculinity and image.
Dapline! was supported by our CRITICAL BREAKS Residency Series.