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KM Dance Project: Raw Fruit

Raw Fruit by Keysha McKey and KM Dance Project is a multidisciplinary dance work that reveals the essence of ancestral values woven into the cultural fabric of Black lives, and examines legacy, identity, socialization, unity, and friction inside the southern Black family dynamic.

Raw Fruit. Photo by Melisa Cardona

Photo by Melissa Cardona

Photo by Jafar Pierre

Photo by Jafar Pierre

Photo by Melisa Cardona 1

Photo by Melisa Cardona

Using dance as the foundational medium to elevate the voices of African American women, Raw Fruit is steeped in the movement, sound and spirit of Black folks in New Orleans and layered with visceral expressions of lineage, retention and ancestral memory. From crawfish boils to second lines, living room altars to junior daughters, and bread pudding to pecan pralines, these experiences, rituals and ancestral contributions have created a web of lineage connecting our present experiences with customs rooted in the past.

We recognize and value what we have acquired, what we release, what we hold and what we will share with those who come after us. Raw Fruit is a celebration of New Orleans culture juxtaposed to the complexities of the African American experience in the south.

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Raw Fruit was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Raw Fruit is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned by Junebug Productions in partnership with Ashe Cultural Arts Center, B.A.A.D! and NPN. The Creation & Development Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information, visit

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