Lay Your Head on Me- Marcus Mumford Erica Prasad x Gaby Deimeke Photography, 2021.
If you’ve known me for awhile, you know dance has been a huge part of my life. Movement still is. I believe moving has the power to help us grieve, process, and heal in ways that free us. I hadn’t “danced” in a long time and wasn’t even sure I still considered myself a dancer. However, I realized the more you create, the more creativity flows and it’s not just ok but encouraged to jump between different mediums. It’s been a minute since my roommate Gaby and I collaborated on a video but when I heard this song it just felt right. It's lyrics spoke to me in a way that many other songs haven't this year and it message feels particularly pertinent today. “But don't cover up your scars for me And every single choice that you made Was a stone in the path to this place And every single cut that you claim Has led you this way, so lay your head on me” - Marcus Mumford
About the Piece Grief. Loss. With so much injustice in the world and our own personal struggles, it is easy to close yourself off from feeling. However, I truly believe it is only when we allow the world’s crosses to break our hearts, that we can piece ourselves back together to create a heart that may be fractured, but full. Moving my body and getting outside are two ways I have learned to process and release. It helps remind me of the strength of our spirits. We have so much to offer even if we are still healing. And there is joy in the process of returning home to yourself and of sharing it with those you love around you.
Healing. Support. Movement. Resilience. Peace. Hope. The Human Spirit. I hope we captured even a glimmer of the feeling of the words above. This piece was created through 100% improvisational movement. Gaby and I spent a good few hours clipping it together to take an experience and to create a story. I hope you can find a piece of your journey within it as well.
Your Shirt- Chelsea Cutler Erica Prasad x Gaby Deimeke Photography, 2017.
Desi Wonderland - Janiboi Erica Prasad x Legends Video Album Winner, 2018.
Superman - Ivory Lane Erica Prasad x Desi Dance Convention Instructor Video, 2017.