Jan 18, 2021, 6PM

Mondays with Milford: Yara Martial Arts Movements

Photo courtesy of the artist.

Bi-weekly virtual screenings of rare digital footage from Milford Graves’s archives will be shown on ​icaphila.org​ throughout the run of ​A Mind-Body Deal along with additional video selections and dialogues that contextualize Graves’s practice. Screenings begin at 6PM and will remain online until the next event.

For a complete schedule of screenings, click ​here​.

Yara Martial Arts Movements

“Yara is a Yoruba word that means to be “nimble” or “flexible”. Actually it’s spontaneous improvised, and it’s reacting according to that particular situation. Yara is composed basically of West African dance movement. Warrior movement. A lot of movements that influenced me over the years. And to me it was only natural, just to flow into this type of movement, since it was part of my culture and lifestyle.​” – Milford Graves

Movements in the Snow​ (c. 1990)
Private VHS Tape
Runtime: 10:28

Yara Group Warm Ups and Clapping​ (c. 1990)
Private VHS Tape
Runtime: 1:58:03

African Festival Yara Prep​ (1984)
Private VHS Tape
Runtime: 1:57:45

Yara Spring/Summer​ (1988)
Private VHS Tape
Runtime: 38:10

This program is co-presented by ​Ars Nova Workshop​.