Dance Africa Fest 2018 @ AISD Performing Arts Center, Austin [from 11 to 12 August]

Dance Africa Fest 2018

11 - 12
09:00 - 18:30

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AISD Performing Arts Center
1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd, Austin, Texas 78723
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SAVE THE DATES! On August 11-12, 2018, we are proud to present our signature festival for the fourth amazing year! We will explore dance and dance traditions of Africa, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, and the US! Dance facilitators represent an array of artists of the African/Black Diaspora, generously sharing their expertise including:

1/ Michelle N. Gibson, the Artist | New Orleans, LA, USA. «The New Orleans Original BuckShop,» culture and Diasporic traditions of Black, New Orleans. Michelle N. Gibson teaches about the rich Diasporic blood lines of the Black, New Orleans community focusing on the rooted and embodied traditions clearly noticeable within what she defines as her Second Line Aesthetic. The New Orleans Original BuckShop works to honor the culture as a lived experience by creating a platform of the aesthetic and historical relevance becoming a part of the academic conversation as it relates to the African American vernacular, the culture, and social dance forms.

2/ Ismael Kouyate| Guinea, Africa. Guinean dance, and vocal workshops. Ismael Kouyaté was born in Guinea, Africa, into a long line of 'Griots', the oral historians that preserve the history and culture of Africa through songs, stories, music and dance. He served as a Master Choreographer for the Broadway/touring production of Fela!, along with having a principal role in the play.

3/ Dr. Adanna Jones | Trinidad and Tobago. «Winin 101: Embodying Jamettness.» This workshop will teach participants the bodily logic behind the rolling hip dance known as winin'. Rooted in the Trinidadian Carnival, where the wine is most commonly performed, this workshop will introduce participants to the deep histories of this dance culture, paying particular attention to the late-19th Century jamette figure of Trinidad. Many scholars of the Trinidadian Carnival argue that the bodily logic of the wine is one of the inherited legacies of the jamette figure herself. In general, Dr. Jones' research remains focused on Caribbean dance and identity politics within the Diaspora.

4/ Jean-Sebastien Duvilaire | Abricots, Grand' Anse, Haiti. «Moving Africa through Haitian Vodou Dance.» From the artist: «I am a contemporary Haitian artist who works through Vodou culture in Haiti and on the African continent. I will use the space of a dance workshop to invoke the aesthetics of Haitian Vodou as a way to share my perspective and philosophy on Negritude. I integrate Haitian perspectives and multiple African philosophies, cultivating a way to bridge diasporic culture and Africa for our contemporary world. This workshop will engage participants through songs, dance and dialogue, demonstrating the relationship between rhythm, dance, spirit, and philosophy.»

* Nearly all classes will incorporate live drumming/music performed by some of Austin’s best musicians.

**** You can also donate to our online fundraising campaign to help make this festival accessible to all of #Austin, regardless of ability to pay. Please support at this link: ***

** This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department (Cad Austin).

Are there any accessibility features?
~ The venue is wheelchair accessible, and has accessible parking and features. Dance Africa Fest is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require special assistance for participation in our programs please contact us at [email protected]

What to wear?
~ No street shoes or running shoes during the workshops, please. Wear comfortable and breathe-able clothing that doesn’t restrict movement and allows a full range of motion (i.e. lappas, sweatpants, shorts, sarongs, dance wear, work-out wear or yoga attire
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