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February 2019

danceGATHERING 2019

February 11 - February 24
QDanceCenter, GLOVER HALL 4 Custom Street
Lagos, Nigeria

danceGATHERING is an annual Dance Lab and Anti-disciplinary Festival which takes place in Lagos Nigeria, it is co-curated by Qudus Onikeku, dancer, choreographer and artistic director of the QDance Center Lagos, and Onye Ozuzu, the Dean of the School of Arts, University of Florida USA. ​ danceGATHERING is coming back bigger and better in 2019. For this third edition whose theme is AFROSPACETIME, expect a potpourri of dancers, choreographers, visual artists, thinkers, scholars, scientists, DJs, Ifa Priests, capoeirist, film makers, multidisciplinary artists,…

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March 2019

Touch My Beloved’s Thought @ University of Wisconsin-Parkside

March 21
University of Wisconsin-Parkside Kenosha, IL 53144 United States

A live dance and music performance in honor of Charles Mingus’ album "Black Saint and the Sinner Lady, made in collaboration with jazz composer Greg Ward, and originally commissioned by Links Hall and Constellation. The work received the Black Excellence Award (2014-2015) for Special Achievement in Choreography by the African American Arts Alliance.

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Project Tool Residency @ Dancing Grounds

March 23 - March 31
Dancing Grounds, 3705 St. Claude Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70117 United States

The Project Tool team will be in residence at Dancing Grounds in New Orleans to prepare for the fall 2019 premiere. The Project Tool residency will occur alongside Dance for Social Change, Dancing Grounds' annual festival centered at the intersection of arts and advocacy efforts and driven by their high school dance company, DG Uprising. This year’s theme is Reclaiming Our Home: Gentrification and Displacement in New Orleans. As part of the festival programming, Project Tool will facilitate a workshop…

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May 2019

Project Tool @ The Ragdale Foundation

May 20 - May 24
Ragdale Foundation, 1260 Green Bay Rd
Lake Forest, IL 60045 United States

The Project Tool team will be in residence at the Ragdale Foundation.

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July 2019

Bates Dance Festival

July 15 - August 2
Bates Dance Festival, Bates College
Lewiston, ME 04240 United States

Technology of the Circle Ozuzu and Onikeku are contemporary performance artists who approach improvisation through a shared transnational Africanness that is networked in the African Diaspora: Nigeria-US and Nigeria-France, respectively. This co-taught improvisational, process-based course is steeped in their respective understandings of Africanist aesthetics. Technology of the Circle will explore the circle as a structure for improvised group interaction: the circle of playground fights and politics of Brazilian Capoeira, of Jazz music, of B-boying/B-girling, of club culture cyphering and battling,…

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September 2019

Project Tool Premiere

September 27 - September 28
Hyde Park Jazz Festival Chicago, IL United States

Within Project Tool, dancers explore, through the process of using hand held tools and legacy processes, the relationship between mind, body and tool. Through the research of building a wood, sprung dance floor, the dancers collaborate with tools as if they are partners in a dance with the body. The practical making of the space through sawing, hammering, sanding, and nailing has unearthed an improvisational landscape in which tasks, tools, and body inform and form the dance.

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