TAKE ROOT: Nia & Ness and Misaki Hayama - "TAKE ROOT" is a monthly curated series that supports dance makers by providing an opportunity to present a paired evening of work. All January - June 2021 Season Performances will be shared virtually. The January 2021 performances feature work by Nia & Ness and Misaki Hayama. Nia & Ness's "home. (an excerpt)" is a portion of their second evening-length dance-poetry piece "home." that deeply explores their daily realities as a Black, out-lesbian couple living and loving in New York. With this work, they posit that their bodies are their homes, collecting stories like dust and decor as they move through the world. This work also recognizes that as Black out-lesbians, their bodies themselves put their literal shared home on display every time they walk out of its doors. From sharing their everyday experiences with “micro” aggressions to making visible the impacts of violence, they go there with this work. Misaki Hayama presents "Warabe Uta" for Take Root. “Warabe Uta” are traditional Japanese songs, similar to nursery rhymes often sung as part of children's games. The dance pieces created and presented here explore this hidden history and show how the past has influenced new generations to find their future paths.