Renbrook alumna Lauren Horn ‘10 performed recently in the University of Connecticut’s Radical Black Art and Performance Series, featuring virtual performances, film screenings, discussions, and workshops by LGBTQ artists and scholars of color. The series was curated by Philadelphia-based choreographer and artist Arien Wilkerson who recently shared in an interview with Connecticut Public Radio, “This series really invites UConn and other institutions to think about the way they have neglected Black artists and Black educators. They need to incorporate Black artists, Black thinkers, Black minds in all facets, not just entertaining you, not just educating you, but also in the planning and the infrastructure of all this, too.”
Lauren Horn founded Subira vs. Movement, a movement and text-based company dedicated to the exploration of identity and its relationship to technology. Subira is Swahili meaning patience is rewarded. Each work strives to encourage the audience to reflect upon their own unique identities and contemplate the ways in which they view, marginalize, accept, and or reject the identities of others.
Lauren’s recent performance in the UCONN series is called “Cleave” and is described as “a protest, a question, a dance of sorts, and a proclamation of the beauty of the Black body. Passing through states of anger, pride, joy, and mischief, ‘Cleave’ explores Blackness in America during the year 2020.” In her interview with NPR, curator Arien Wilkerson described Lauren as “an incredible, dynamic, powerful, strong dancer, and she has something to say, and she is fiery, and she is not about to let anybody bulldoze her over.”
Lauren is from Windsor, CT, and graduated from Amherst College with degrees in Psychology and Theatre and Dance.