ABOUT STAYCEE PEARL dance project & Soy Sos
STAYCEE PEARL dance project & Soy Sos (SPdp + SS) exists to interpret and mirror culture and community through dance and dance centered multi-media experiences. With diverse casting and programming, SPdp + SS explores innovative conceptual possibilities while participating in meaningful collaboration. Under the leadership of Choreographer Staycee Pearl and Sound Designer Herman 'Soy Sos' Pearl, SPdp +SS produces programming around compelling concepts and themes often inspired by social/political world issues. SPdp +SS also occasionally examines the works of celebrated legendary and contemporary artists of the African Diaspora.
SPdp +SS started as an informal incubator in 2010 with its first concert PUPA. From 2010 - 2013 SPdp +SS was resident dance company of the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater. SPdp + SS ended this formative residency with the premiere of ...on being..., an investigation of race, gender, and personal identity in relation to conversations around Post-Blackness. Since these early works, SPdp + SS has created several evening-length works, including ABBEY: In The Red, a work inspired by the unique Jazz vocals of Abbey Lincoln and the civil rights movement she helped give voice to. Through re-imagined live music and dance, this project juxtaposes the current cultural movement with that of the sixties.