"break{through} is a filmic attempt to harness the emotional memory of the movement of water through South Carolina.

The work follows nine dancers-a number chosen in reference to the nine people killed at Charleston's Emanuel AME in June 2015-who interpret the work of choreographer Kwame A. Ross, to a score by composer Venecia Flowers, in a collaborative attempt to represent, reflect upon, and ultimately begin to heal, through-ritual, a broken state."

– Bruce Lampros,
Art Papers, May/June 2016



"Facing the vestiges of a tumultuous year in South Carolina, Roni Nicole Henderson is exploring the connections between more than one tragedy that struck our state last year.

Her short film break{through} attempts to map these recent emotional memories through South Carolina’s major waterways and the bodies of nine dancers, honoring the nine victims of the Charleston church massacre.

Created in collaboration with choreographer Kwame A. Ross and composer Venecia Flowers, the film begins at the Emanuel AME Church in the “Holy City” and travels to Columbia with its confluence of rivers. Stopping to visit sites of flood trauma, the film is an attempt to help the state heal from all of its recent devastation."

– Seth Gadsden
Waterlines curator, festival co-director