Step, Ball – Change?: Project O’s Dance Activism

Project O Alex and Jamila

What’s it like being a black person in the media? How can Beyoncé call herself a feminist? How does the experience of walking down the street differ for a man and a woman? And how can all these questions be answered through… dance? Sammy met up with Alex and Jamila from Project O to find out.

Project O is the dance project that shouts all these questions in your face and then has a thoughtful chat with you about how to answer them. Through Alexandrina Hemsley and Jamila Johnson-Small’s kaleidoscope of bombastic, colourful, and sometimes-absurd pop culture, Project O will make you question who you’re seeing on the telly, who you’re reading about, and how you can turn these things on their heads so they’re on your terms.

We caught up with them to talk about twerking, the male gaze, and having big hair.

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