How I Found My Feet Again
by Keyierra Collins (she/her)
How I Found My Feet Again is a ritualistic activation for self-care, self-alignment, and peace. The piece is an exploration of Collins’s re-discovery of herself as a dancer and performing artist through the lens of her mental health practice. Collins utilizes video, projection, costuming, and performance installations to create a more nuanced experience. As someone who is interested in how dance and movement can contribute to the healing of trauma, particularly the trauma experienced by Black women and girls, How I Found My Feet Again acts as her continual commitment to advocating for her mental health and inner peace. Inside Collins’s dance practice, she focuses on Afro Diasporic dance techniques to seek out lost knowledge and history that has been stripped from her by the effects of the slave trade and colonization. By training in these forms, she gains knowledge that allows her to unpack her trauma and further help to understand her specific experiences as a Black woman.
The desire to create How I Found My Feet Again first came about in 2021 after almost 2 years of living in the pandemic and the 2020 protests following the murders of George Floyd, Breanna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. Absorbing how these experiences were specifically affecting the Black community, and with not having a continuous dance practice, Collins felt rage, fear, and desperation. She had no sense of safety, not even in her own body. When she began to re-establish a movement practice, she also enrolled in therapy. Collins found this work to not only be about her re-discovery as a movement artist but also a beneficial process for her mental health practice.