"Ours is the struggle of a lifetime, or maybe even many lifetimes,
and each one of us in every generation must do our part" John Lewis
Spaces: St. Denis
APFTAD brings together five performance artists from across the shores of the icy Atlantic; vocalist, Lenna Bahule in Mozambique and four dancers in South Africa (Lindiwe Rose), Brazil (Rubens Oliveira), USA (myself) and Trinidad & Tobago (Nigel Sanchez). We bring visual stories from each country of history, of heritage and of self in order to rediscover our connection as dispersed flowers from one root, Mother Africa.
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An immersive experience that merges contemporary performance and the ancient art of storytelling, SPACES is a site-specific participatory work, created and performed with the local community that gives this place its life and identity. In Saint-Denis, audience members are guided in groups by silent dancers on a musical and dance journey that starts at the Halle du Marché and finishes at the Basilica of Saint-Denis. On the way, they meet local residents who share personal intimate moments of their lives in their city.
General Artistic Director: Simón Adinia Hanukai
Choreographers: Sandrine RenaRobin and Gabin Nuissier with Lauren Cox
Commission: Ernst & Young
Just wrapped up my first semester with UMass Amherst and Five College Dance in Pioneer Valley, Massachusetts. I am honored to be a part of a faculty that continues to create a safe hybrid teaching space and who are at the forefront of reconstructing a diverse, equitable and inclusive dance curriculum.
San Francisco(I Love You)
In collaboration with storyteller, Jonathan L. Dent. We were inspired by the film, "The Last Black Man in San Francisco" ... this film gutted me! Generation after generation Black families and communities have been pushed around and out of San Francisco. We helped build this city. I am the fourth generation to have been born and educated here but we cannot afford it any longer. After my Grandmother's and later my Auntie's houses were sold, we no longer had capital in the city. In our contemplation of home, how can we take ownership of our bodies and the structures that once held them?