Afro-Feminist Performances Routes: Diasporic Dis/Locations


Winter, 2020

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 12:00am to 11:59pm

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 12:00am to 11:59pm

Friday, February 21, 2020 - 12:00am to 11:59pm

Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 12:00am to 11:59pm

Possible Engagement Activities for students enrolled in Dance Program courses!

Afro-Feminist Performance Routes is a focused residency that continues urgent embodied dialogues around African diaspora dance practices and gender, femininity, womanhood, femme, and feminisms.

Diasporic Dis/locations: the politics of visibility, naming/categorizing, place-making, and moving against the nation-state.

Organized in convergence with the fourth biennial Collegium for African Diaspora Dance Conference (CADD), “Fluid Black: Dance Back,” this third iteration of Afro-Fem will feature a series of workshops, discussions, performance, practice, pedagogy, and philosophy, for our increasingly precarious times.

Hosted by SLIPPAGE@Duke and supported by Duke’s Global Enhancement Fund, the African and African American Studies Department, and Duke Dance Program. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

  • 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM | RAC 234 - Luciane Ramos Silva: Contemporary Dance History
  • 6:15-9:15 PM | RAC 224 - African Technique & Repertory: Jade Power Sotomayor/Rujeko Dumbutshena

Thursday, February 20, 2020 

  • 10:05-11:20 AM | RAC 201 - Dr. Halifu Osumare: “Hip-Hop in Urban America”
  • 1:25-2:40 PM | RAC 201 - Dr. Halifu Osumare: “Beginning Dunham Technique & Philosophy”
  • 3:05-5:45 PM | Ark - Luciane Ramos Silva: Critique 
  • 4:40-6:10 PM | RAC 224 - Lena Blou: Modern Technique
  • 4:40-6:10 PM | RAC 201 - Yanique Hume: African Technique

Friday, February 21, 2020

  • 10:00-11:30 AM | RAC 224 - Sephora Germain: Advanced Ballet
  • 4:00-5:00 PM | RAC 224 - Shared Workshop #1: Luciane/Jade/Yanique

Saturday, February 22, 2020

  • 9:00-10:00 AM | RAC 224 - Shared Workshop #2: Lena/Rujeko/Sephora
  • 10:30-11:00 AM | von der Heyden Theater - Luciane Ramos Silva: Keynote
  • 11:30 AM-12:30 PM | Ruby 131 - Dr. Halifu Osumare: Writing Black Dance Memoir: Telling Your Personal-Professional Story
  • 1:30-2:30 PM | von der Heyden Theater - Afro-Feminist Performance Routes Panel


Lena Blou (Guadeloupe) – Dancer, choreographer and teacher who has created the dance technique called Tekni’ka, Lena directs her Center of Dance and Choreographic Studies (CDEC) located in Pointe-à-Pitre.Rujeko Dumbutshena (Zimbabwe/US) – Dancer, choreographer and teacher of what she terms “neo traditional” Zimbabwean dance technique, Rujeko Dumbutshena teaches and performs throughout the U.S. and recently received her MFA from the University of New Mexico.

Sephora Germain (Haiti) – Leading female contemporary Haitian dancer (one of the very few) with an international performing career, Sephora also has a local commitment to teaching in Port-au-Prince.

Yanique Hume, Ph.D. (Jamaica/Cuba/Barbados) — Associate Professor of Caribbean Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Yanique is also President of KOSANBA (the Scholarly Association for the Study of Vodou), and a professional dancer/choreographer who works through Afro-Caribbean sacred forms.

Jade Power Sotomayor, Ph.D. (Puerto Rico/U.S.) – Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance at UC-San Diego, Jade’s work engages Latinx performance in relation to the politics of race, ethnicity, remembering and community. Jade also teaches and performs Bomba.

Halifu Osumare (USA) – Dr. Halifu Osumare is Professor Emerita in the Department of African American and African Studies (AAS) at the University of California, Davis. She has been a dancer, choreographer, arts administrator, and scholar of black popular culture for over forty years. With a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, she is also a protégé of the late renowned dancer-anthropologist Katherine Dunham and a Certified Instructor of Dunham Dance Technique.

Luciane Ramos Silva, Ph.D. (Brazil) – Dancer, choreographer, educator, anthropologist, and cultural organizer based in Sao Paolo, who works in a mode she calls “Diaspora Body” bringing West African and Contemporary Brazilian movement modes in conversation. Luciane also edits one of Brazil’s only Black culture publications, O Menelick2Ato.


Rubenstein Arts Center (RAC), 2020 Campus Drive, Durham, NC 27705


Camille Jackson


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