DAVID J AMADO
“True Colors” examines queer black men’s relationship to the tradition of masculinity, and the ways in which societal expectations encourage those who exist outside the heteronormative standard to silence their voices, express themselves in a more “acceptable” way, and mute their true colors. With 4 acts of fashion, each act represents a different stage on the journey from repression to bold authenticity.
The desire to be seen and accepted as we truly are is one of our deepest human desires and is the central theme of the dance film “Velveteen”. Inspired by the book “The Velveteen Rabbit” by Margery Williams, “Velveteen” chronicles one queer black man’s journey from self-hatred and repression towards self-discovery and acceptance. With dance and poetry, we follow our protagonist as he navigates ancestral trauma, racism, and homophobia to heal himself, find community and live an authentic life unburdened by the expectations of others.
A visual diary about the healing powers of dance and the role it has played on David J. Amado's journey towards self love and self acceptance. Recalling memories and narrating dreams, David speaks about how empowered he feels when he dances.
A choreographed contemporary ballet duet for two men built around the concepts of symmetry, parallel lines, light and perspective.
A choreographed contemporary ballet trio for me which uses formations and visual effects to give the illusion of that the viewer is gazing into a kaleidoscope.
a reflection on life, death, and black boy being.