Afro-Feminist Performance Routes: A Dialogue in Movement
Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 4:40pm to 6:10pm
This four-day "dialogue in movement" hosts five international dance artists from Africa and its Diasporas to catalyze a dialogue around creative practice, migration, and African philosophies, as they relate to and emerge from women's perspectives. Through dance workshops, artist presentations, performances, informal conversations, and a roundtable discussion, this gathering will coalesce artists, dancers, students, faculty, and local community to explore the many manners in which movement constitutes culture, embodied practice engenders place, and migration informs subjectivity and notions of belonging.
4:40pm-6:10pm: Sephora Germain Workshop | RAC
Dancer, Teacher Sephora Germain is a soloist of Ayikodans, Haiti's world-class professional dance company founded and directed by Jeanguy Saintus. Since infancy, Sephora found joy in moving her body and expressing herself through Haitian popular dance forms but began professional dance studies years later, as a young adult. From 2006 to 2009, she first took formal dance classes at the Haitian dance school Bazilik Kreyol, and gained performance experience with the school's troupe. She is also a teacher who instructs dancers of all ages in Haiti and elsewhere. Her dance pedagogy invests in a vision of Haitian dances that pays homage to the cultural and religious roots of national dances as she directs attention to how these dances been always been contemporary, and attempt to create spaces free of gender, sexual, race and class.