During the summer of 2015 the fiber sculpture Beautiful Roots
participated in a series of workshops focused on movement and creativity that were organized by Muriel Maffre
for the Alonzo King Lines Ballet Summer Workshop Series. The experimental moments that resulted from the dancers' unexpected encounters with the material led to a number of fascinating, engaging, and thought-provoking moments as the dancers sought to understand the fiber sculpture and explore its properties, and to engage with a series of activities, questions, and challenges that were presented to them. Questions such as how might the roots be manifested as an extension of oneself, and how might the roots be used to shape an environment, generated numerous thoughtful reflections and studied interpretations, and contributed to the ever-increasing range of social moments that have defined The Roots' energy.