Gesel Mason’s Declaration of (In)Dependence

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Gesel Mason

This Monday night, D.C. choreographer Gesel Mason will tell the story of Thomas Jefferson’s complex relationship with Sally Hemings, a slave whose six children were likely fathered by the third president. The talk is part of the C-Ville Talks lecture series put on by C-Ville Weekly, and will include excerpts of A declaration of (In)Dependence: The Story of Sally Hemings.

In her piece, Mason uses movement to depict the many nuances and complexities of the relationship to fully explore the ambiguities of the time. On Monday night at Live Arts, she’ll be showing videos of the performance and discussing the legacy of the Jefferson-Hemings relationship.

Update: This file was rediscovered on December 12, 2016.