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Posted inCULTURE & COMMUNITY

In a new film, Minnesota choreographers Jonathan ‘AJ’ van Arneman and Peace Madimutsa imagine an escape from brutality and the creation of a global Black utopia.

Macalester College graduates Jonathan ‘AJ’ van Arneman and Peace Madimutsa explore decolonization through dance forms like krump, hip hop, vogue, house, and capoeira. With Atlantis13 and now Atlantis Rebirth, the choreographers have created a world where Black people experience liberation. “The whole idea of Atlantis is finding unity,” van Arneman says. “You’re going through these revolutions for a purpose. The end can be the fulfillment of who we were meant to be.”