Choreography: Diogo de Lima & Leslie Scott
On April 15th, 16th and 17th , 2021, Newcomb Dance Company, Department of Theatre and Dance at Tulane University in partnership with New Orleans Airlift will present The Body Remembers; A collection of site-specific dances choreographed by Leslie Scott and Diogo de Lima to be performed at Music Box Village. Each dance piece offers an exciting and moving exploration on themes of absence in New Orleans during our pandemic reality, strength and overcoming adversity, memory, healing and ritual. Musicians Neal Todten and Logan Schutts will craft sonic landscapes using the one-of-a-kind “musical houses” that comprise the Music Box Village, adding great dimension to the visuals with their live accompaniment. The performance also features Kelly Harris-DeBerry’s new poem, “The Body Never Forgets”. Soulful and exciting, The Body Remembers will be the perfect return to attending live art performances and welcome summer to New Orleans!
Leslie Scott is a dancer, choreographer and faculty member with Tulane University Theatre and Dance Department. Additional works of hers can be viewed at bodyartdance.com
Diogo de Lima is a dancer, choreographer and faculty member with Tulane University Theatre and Dance Department. Additional works of his can be viewed at diogodelima.com
Listen to The Body Never Forgets here.
Kelly Harris-DeBerry received her MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. She has received poetry fellowships from The Fine Arts Work Center and Cave Canem. Some of her recent publishing credits include: A commissioned poem for The Historic New Orleans Collection; 400yrs: The story of Black people in poems written from love 1619–2019; Words Beats & Life The Global Journal of Hip Hop; Angles in the Wilderness: Young and Black in New Orleans and Beyond, The National Parks Service Centennial Commemoration publication with Sonia Sanchez; Yale University's Caduceus Journal; Southern Review; Say it Loud: Poems for James Brown and many more.
Also known as a literary curator, Kelly has developed programming for organizations and festivals. Her podcast episode for About Place Journal called Congo Square: Sustaining the Sacred Post-Katrina highlights her talents as a producer and researcher. Kelly is a former guest poetry editor for Bayou Magazine at the University of New Orleans. She serves her literary community as the New Orleans Poets & Writers’ Literary Coordinator, freelance writer and on various community boards. She also owns a small communications boutique that serves nonprofits and artists.
Freedom Knows My Name is her full-length collection of poetry with bonus audio. More at kellyhd.com
The show will run from Thursday, April 15th - Saturday, April 17th, 2021 with two performances each night at 6pm and 8pm. In-person audience size will be limited to 75 due to Covid19 restrictions. Patrons attending the performances will be required to wear masks and provide contact information for contact tracing as required by the city of New Orleans mandates. There will be a virtual screening for the show as well for audiences that cannot attend in-person. Tickets purchased for the video performance will begin with a livestream at 8pm on April 15th and the video will be available for viewing until midnight on April 17th.
In-person audience: $15.00/ general admission; $10.00/ Tulane affiliates (enter ID number as promocode at checkout)
Livestream: $5.00/ per access code | Seating is available individually or in pods of 2, 3-4 or 5-6.
Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite at
4557 N. Rampart Street
New Orleans LA 70117
Parking is available onsite. Additional street parking is also available. In accordance with City of New Orleans Covid19 gathering regulations, all patrons attending the show in person must wear a mask throughout the duration of the performance. All attendees must provide contact information for contact tracing.
Photography by Leslie Scott