B L A C K C H O R E O G R A P H E R S
F E S T I V A L: H E R E & N O W
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AWARDED ~BEST OF THE BAY
- SF BAY GUARDIAN 2009
RECOGNIZED BY THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
FOR PRESERVING THE LEGACY OF BLACK DANCE
IN THE BAY AREA, 2019
RAISING OUR VOICES: THE ABSENCE AND PRESENCE OF AFRICAN DIASPORIC FEMALE CHOREOGRAPHERS PRESERVING TRADITION
Dance Mission Theater
3316 24th St., SF
Sunday February 18th
Class 5:00 - 6:00p "The Body's Narrative: A Writing Workshop for Dancers"
(Free to the Public and Open to All Levels)
*Limited space - reservations required - firstname.lastname@example.org
A special writing workshop for dancers, performers, and movers.
"What stories do our bodies carry and what stories are we ready to shed? What cultural histories, social commentaries, and self-identities have we built into our bodies and (how) does it nourish us, serve us into brighter, expanded, "better" expressions of ourselves? What is the narrative of our bodies?"
3153 17th St., SF
Friday February 23rd
Artist to Artist Conversation w/ Blanche Brown & Colette Eloi
6:00 - 7:00p (Free to the Public)
*Limited Space - reservations required - email@example.com
*Co-Sponsored by ODC School
900 Fallon St., Oakland
Sunday March 4th
Master Classes: (in the Laney College Theater)
1:00 - 2:00p w/ Latanya Tigner
It's true. Nothing is ever new, especially in dance. Dances/steps within forms re-emerge, re-visioned with new rhythmic structures, movement qualities, attitudes and intentions based on the lived experiences and needs of the generation responsible for their revival. In this workshop, participants will experience how different traditional African and African diasporic dances/steps show up again and again in African American dance as a means of rejuvenation, evidence of resilience, acts of resistance, and roads to revelation.
2:15 - 3:15p w/ Millicent Johnnie
This Hip Hop class will be focused on social dance primarily danced to club music. Hip Hop is influenced by many cultures and styles, is improvisational in nature and emphasizes fast and complex footwork with fluid movements in the torso, as well as floor work. In this class we will begin with a center floor warm up, drill movement progressions across the floor, play with rhythm, vibe off each other, and learn a final combination. The intention of this class is to help build community by dancing various approaches to different styles.
$10 dollars per class
Panel Discussion: 4:00 pm (in the Laney College Theater)
Raising Our Voices Across Generations: The Absence and Presence of African Diasporic Female Choreographers Preserving Tradition
Facilitated by: Dr. Halifu Osumare
Panelists: Luana, Mahea Uchiyama, Latanya Tigner, Naomi Diouf and Deborah B. Vaughan
(Free to the Public)
These events are made possible by support from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program, Zellerbach Family Foundation, California Arts Council and the Sam Mazza Foundation.
Programming subject to change.