Airings: Dancer/Choreographer Jasmine Hearn goes ‘Swimming’


By Steve Sucato

No, dancer/choreographer Jasmine Hearn’s that’s what she said doesn’t refer to the punchline of some crude joke. Rather, this site-specific dance series explores the rites of passage that females of color experience in America.

The monthly series funded by The Pittsburgh Foundation continues Sat., Sept. 28, with three performances of “Installment 4: Swimming,” at Assemble gallery.

Hearn is a Point Park grad who has worked with The Pillow Project and Staycee Pearl dance project. Of “Swimming,” she says, “It focuses on the idea of learning how to swim and what that means in our culture.” The 30-minute program also addresses the stereotype that black people don’t swim.


Hearn will perform the solo work accompanied live by a soundscape of singing and spoken word performed by Pittsburgh’s Alaina M. Dopico.

Like the series’ prior installments, “Swimming” will make the most of its venue. Hearn says of Assemble: “It’s an intimate and open space with some nooks and crannies that can be used to create powerful images.”

Jasmine Hearn performs that’s what she said – Installment 4: Swimming 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Sat., Sept. 28. Assemble, 5125 Penn Ave., Garfield. $10 suggested donation.

This article first appeared in Pittsburgh City Paper September 25, 2013. Copyright Steve Sucato.

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