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Come home Charley Patton. Photo by Dan Merlo.^2 How Can You Stay In The House All Day And Not Go Anywhere? Photo by Dan Merlo.^2 Walter Carter. Photo by Ralph Lemon.^2 (the efflorescence of) Walter at The Kitchen. Photo by Rashida Bumbray.^2 Scaffold Room. Photo by Ralph Lemon^2 Come home Charley Patton. Photo by Eric Stone..^2 Come home Charley Patton. Photo by Dan Merlo.^2

Ralph Lemon/Cross Performance

Three (1999) is a 17-minute film created by Ralph Lemon and choreographer Bebe Miller and directed by British filmmaker, Isaac Julien. Bringing together two African American choreographers and a Black British filmmaker, all with distinct histories and voices, Three explores and explodes the historic dynamics and expectations of a relationship between an African American woman and man. Julien, Lemon and Miller use dance and text to transcend the history and visual predictability of a race-weighted relationship. The film juxtaposes scenes of dancing-at times ethereal and tender, at other times carnal and aggressive-with symbolically weighted images and scenes of mundane, daily life. Interwoven with the dance are images of falling, reflection, classical theatre and the street; voice-over text spoken by Lemon, Miller, and actress Cleo Sylvester; and a collage of music.

Three has been screened at dance and films festivals throughout the world. To arrange for a screening, contact Julia at julia@mappinternational.org or 646-602-9390.