In 2014, visual artist, Kenturah Davis, began a dialogue with Ghana-based choreographer, Felix Dompreh about collaborating on a project. At that point, Davis had been living in Accra, Ghana for several months and wished to create a piece that reflected the idea of building community across national, ethnic and cultural boundaries. Dompreh's dance company called, Kuyum Arts Investigation that focuses on a mix of contemporary African movements and neo-traditional elements in a way that invites ideas about the intersections of identities, categories and community.
As a point of departure, Davis made a series of flags. Each bears a pixelated portrait that is rendered by stamping a QR (Quick Response) code in repetition. The stamped code can be scanned with a smart phone and linked to a website that offers a kaleidoscope of Afrofuturist images, narratives, profiles and writings. The creation of these flags takes into consideration the ways we are increasingly connected through digital platforms and raises questions about how we, as individuals, choose our allegiances and project our story.
In February 2016, Kenturah Davis brought together the dancers of Kuyum Arts Investigation from 5 different countries: Ghana, Togo, Mali, South Africa and Germany. In less than two weeks, the group choreographed a piece with these ideas in mind. During the rehearsals, Davis created a film component in response to their choreography. On February 26, 2016, The March was presented for the first time at Alliance Francaise d'Accra. The stage was anchored with a large flag onto which the film was projected for the duration of the performance.
This video shows excerpts from the performance, intermixed with remarks for context.