A poetic reflection on Black masculinity in crisis from the multi-disciplinary artist and choreographer.
CRXSS PLATFXRM founder Ivan Michael Blackstock has shared Traplord Have Mercy, a poignant and probing exploration of social disenfranchisement, described by the multi-disciplinary artist and choreographer as “a poetic reflection on Black masculinity in crisis.”
Drawing together aggressive movement, frenetic editing, grainy camerawork and fire and brimstone spoken word from Magero into a raw and uncompromising vision, Blackstock captures a potent portrait of both seething machismo and desperate vulnerability.
In his own words, the work “explores questions of identity, faith, abandonment and Black masculinity”, while navigating “a world in which socially disenfranchised young men grapple with some of the biggest philosophical questions of our time in their own way and on their own terms.”
Traplord Have Mercy Credits:
Director – Ivan Michael Blackstock
Producer – ALTRUVIOLET
Co-Directors – Josh Best, Dominant
Cinematography – Josh Best, Joseph Edwards, Sean Frames
Editor – Izaak Brandt (IHB FILMS)
Music – Ivan Michael Blackstock, Dominant
Choreography – Ivan Michael Blackstock
Spoken Word – Magero
Cast – Stefano A. Addae, Ivan Michael Blackstock, Simeon Campbell-Crichlow, Dominant, Warren ‘Wild G’ Gordon-Powell, Tyrone Issac-Stuart, Lisandro Leonel, Nathan Marsh, Magero, Theophillus ‘Godson’ Oloyade, Chaldon Williams
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