Imagine spending weeks, years, or a lifetime apart from lovers, friends and family. And then, one day, you are reunited. This process led Spelman dance chair, professor and choreographer T. Lang to question, what is the toll of searching, longing and finding?
Those are just some of the themes explored in her four-part series, “Post,” which started back in 2014. The first installment, "Post Up," was the result of T. Lang's grief from the death of her father.
“I would use emails to shift back and read conversations with my father, just trying to feel reconnected or feel like I’m searching for him and I can find him,” T. Lang said in an interview with Lois Reitzes.
T. Lang wanted to connect her experiences with grief to something bigger. That's when she came across author Heather Andrea Williams' book "Help Me Find My People: The African-American Search for Family Lost in Slavery."
From that book, Lang discovered that like her emails, freed slaves used the technology of their day, newspaper ads, to search for their stolen spouses, children, parents, brothers, sisters their loved ones.
“I was curious after the search, during the encounter of finding the ads answered, and then taking the journey to find that loved one, and now you’re together, what happens next, what happens the next day, week, month, year, generations,” T. Lang said.
T. Lang and her collaborators have created a sensorial experience in “Post” with lights, visual arts and sound. The performances are every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at Fort McPherson this week and next.