August 11-12, 2018 schedule: Dance Workshops!

On August 11 - 12, 2018 in Austin, TX, Dance Africa Fest welcomes four distinct African Diaspora dance artists for an in-depth, two-day workshop exploring African, Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, and New Orleans’ Second Line as a cultural aesthetic. 

Taught by premier artists, these high-energy workshops introduce students to a unique blend of African, Caribbean and Second Line dance traditions, with many classes incorporating live drumming and music performed by some of Austin’s best musicians. This dance workshop series is sure to engage and delight students of all ages and levels!

About the Instructors

1/ Michelle N. Gibson | New Orleans, LA, USA. Gibson will present her lecture/demo, "The New Orleans Original BuckShop," exploring culture and Diasporic traditions of Black, New Orleans. Gibson teaches about the rich Diasporic bloodlines 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/ Adanna Kai Jones, Ph.D. | Trinidad and Tobago. Jones’ workshop, "Winin 101: Embodying Jamettness," 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.

3/ Ismael Kouyaté | Guinea, Africa. Ismael Kouyaté will lead traditional Guinean dance and vocal workshops. He 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.

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."

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Workshop Schedule for BOTH DAYS: AUGUST 11 -12, 2018 (Children's / community class scheduled is being finalized).

9:00am - 10:30am: Moving Africa through Haitian Vodou Dance - Jean-Sebastien Duvilaire

10:45am- 12:15pm: Guinean vocal workshop - Ismael Kouyate

12:25pm - 1:25pm: Lunch break

1:30pm - 3:00pm: Guinean dance workshop - Ismael Kouyate

3:15pm - 4:45pm: Winin 101: Embodying Jamettness - Dr. Adanna Jones

5:00pm - 6:30pm: The New Orleans Original BuckShop (with live brass band) - Michelle N. Gibson , the Artist

12noon - 6pm: Vendor Market

Workshops are projected to place at AISD Performing Arts Center, Dance Studio and Multipurpose Room, 1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd.
Austin, TX 78723

Live percussion for most classes. All levels welcome. Pre-registration recommended as space is limited. 

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