‘IIlegible’ explores race through dance, music performance

Belinda Mendoza

Celebrating the Black Lives Matter movement, World Cultures and Social Justice Conference present “Illegible,” a performance on March 23 that addresses race awareness with dance, music and poetry.

The performance is based on the book “Looking for Leroy” by Mark Anthony Neal, about the social misinterpretation and representation of black men.

In the works for more than two years, “Illegible” had a five-day run at the Spreckels Theatre in downtown San Diego last summer.

San Diego City College dance professor Grace Jun and English professor Paul Alexander, the organizer of the Social Justice Conference, thought it would be important for students to experience the performance at the campus.

Jun choreographed the dance portion of this piece with her company “bkSOUL” and spoken word group “Collective Purpose.”

The Black Lives Matter movement started in 2012 to bring awareness to the inequalities that black people face daily, from police brutality to large incarceration rates.

“A lot of this is our reaction, as artists, how we’re responding to what this is, how race works in this country. This is our response, but we also want to educate others, to give a deeper understanding but expressed through art,” Jun said.

“Illegible” is a free event that will take place at the Black Box Theatre on March 23 at 7 p.m.