• Art & activism with dana e. fitchet & Sammay

    By Erica Dixon   I met with our 2016 Performing Diaspora artists to chat about their process two weeks ago, the week before our recent election. After last week’s reaffirmation of our country’s divisiveness and bigotry, the exploration of the artist’s role in activist work feels more important now than ever. A question that I have […]

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  • Eulogy for Lola Cion

    I will never forget the moment I met you. Really met you. It was just 2 ½ years ago. I was 22 years old and although I had visited you when I was three and again when I was sixteen… I really never met you until I was 22. I had just returned from Mindanao… […]

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  • self-portrait

    the days are much longer here. we wake up early. we sleep early and into the night. we dream wild dreams that feel too real but ought not to be. or else. or at least that is the summary of what occurs therein. it’s good to hear mom’s boisterous laugh. it breaks to hear her cry for her mother. my grandmother. in my dreams […]

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  • Last week marked the 7th annual Breaking the Silence Congo Week, a global week of awareness and a call to action in the struggle for human rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I am reminded that centuries later descendants of the Kongo Kingdom are still struggling to rise up from the ashes. Mama Kimpa Vita’s mission […]

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  • As a woman of African descent, born to an African American mother and a Central African father, I believe this project reflects the uniqueness of my journey and addresses many of the questions that permeate my existence, as I seek God, and wrestle with womanhood, motherhood, Africanity, AfricanAmericanity and all of the ‘anities’ and ‘isms’ that come […]

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  • By Shanti Ramrattan (Company Dancer) It’s been a year-and-a-half journey for me as a performer with the Nava Dance Theatre, and every moment thus far has been an event-filled dancer’s dream.  In-depth rehearsals, constantly evolving items, the birth of new characters, re-envisioned music…and a company of the most dedicated, talented artists committed to showing up […]

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  • By Sophia Valath (co-Artistic Director) I have had a few experiences in my life where I didn’t quite know what I was getting into when I signed up for it…the kind of decisions that you make almost on a whim. The ones you say ‘yes’ to not because you’ve necessarily thought it through, but because […]

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  • We are back! I am so thrilled that Nava Dance Theatre is going to present The Cloud Messenger at CounterPULSE this year through year 2 of the Performing Diaspora residency program. The evening length version of The Cloud Messenger, to be premiered September 11th-14th at CounterPULSE (1310 Mission St) will feature new original musical score, […]

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  • Our final meeting for Performing Diaspora involved many tears. Emotions were palpable as artists spoke about having community for the first time, and staff expressed the fulfillment of a long-term vision. This has truly been a unique experience, and I feel emotionally and professionally bound to these people, many of whom I just met a […]

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  • En Route From lived story to stories lived on the stage.  Next it will be on screen.  From the many roads I had to take to escape the fires, now the roads are imprinted in my mind.  All I can do is share the hope that kept me alive, and hopefully this will inspire the […]

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