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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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