Tonya Lockyer and Ezra Dickinson recently spoke at the TEDxRainer event Known/Unknown, representing Velocity Dance Center. Lockyer introduces and contextualizes Dickinson’s work Mother for you I Made this, honoring the emancipatory and community-building powers of dance. Part performance and part activism, Ezra Dickinson’s Mother for you I made this is aimed at activating a conversation about the failed mental health care system in America through memories of Dickinson’s childhood as he lived witha nd unknowingly cared for his schizophrenic mother. An excerpt of the original performance is shown, followed by Dickinson performing live the closing section of his dance and social justice project.



Mother for you I made this was produced through Velocity’s Made in Seattle program in 2013. Read about Made in Seattle, and the specific process of creating the project, on Velocity’s Website.

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