Adia Tamar Whitaker

San Francisco, CA
Adia Tamar Whitaker is one of the youngest professional choreographers and master teachers of Afro-Haitian folkloric dance in the United States. A former member of Blanche Brown’s Group Petit La Croix and Colette Eloi’s Reconnect, she has studied and performed Afro-Haitian dance in the U.S. and abroad for 13 years. Her artistic work focuses on neo-folklore of the African Diaspora, linking contemporary modern dance, original vernacular movement, and traditional dance theater. Recently Whitaker completed the first part of a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study grant in Ghana. Her new project combines dance, media and music inspired by “ampey,” a rhythmic game played by little girls in Ghana.


“Ampey!”

“Ampey!” is a multidisciplinary theater, music and dance piece that explores the spiritual, emotional and physical disconnect between African-Americans and Continental Africans. Choreographed and written by performance artist Adia Tamar Whitaker, “Ampey!” breaks open the paradigms that each culture grasps onto in regards to identity and social construct.

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On Saturday, October 30th, the cast of Adia Tamar Whitaker’s “Ampey!” took to the streets of San Francisco in full costume and makeup for a fundraising Animation. “Ampey!” premieres at CounterPULSE on Thursday, November 11th. Even if you weren’t fortunate enough to see the cast in San Francisco, you can still pledge your support for […]

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Almost all of our Counterpulse fliers are gone! It’s time to start getting those tickets yall! For the past two months the cast of “Ampey!” and family have been doing short vocal performances on the streets of San Francisco and Oakland to promote our Kickstarter page and our upcoming shows. We call them “Animations”. I learned about […]

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On Saturday September 18, 2010 the cast of “Ampey!” hit the streets of San Francisco with some short and powerful vocal performances. We performed in front of Rasputin’s on Powell Street, Powell and Market, Civic Center  and 16th Street BART Stations from 3p to 6p. It was very exciting to see weekend shoppers stop and take  notice of […]

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I am very pleased to announce that we launched the “Ampey!” Kickstarter page on Monday September 13, 2010! We’ve raised $1,140 so far. We now have 79 days left until the end of our campaign. Our goal is $6,500. $73 a day should keep us on track. We’re raising funds to assist with the artist […]

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First there was a dungeon. Then there was a boat. We died. We survived. We got sick and never quite got better. All of us stayed behind thinking the others had been rescued. We found a way in through the skin and the hair, but haven’t found another way to talk about it since. Gunshots […]

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It started off as a ringtone that made me laugh. It became an ironic reflection of how I broke in Ghana. An upstairs neighbor of Counterpulse threw empty 40 ounce bottles from the window down onto the sidewalk of 9th and Mission the day we practiced at the bus stop. We were playing our shakers too loud. We had to run. There was glass […]

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We are super excited to have had the opportunity to meet the truly kind and professional folks from the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Culture Wire. Watch the video below to hear from Jessica Robinson Love and 3 Performing Diaspora artists Gema Sandoval, Charlotte Moraga and Adia Tamar Whitaker talk about what Performing Diaspora meant to […]

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With Performing Diaspora fast-approaching, some of the artists took a break from the stage and headed over to KPFA’s radio studios in Berkeley for a musical sneak-preview of their work on Stephen Kent’s show, “Music of the World.” In between tracks, our Executive Director Jessica Robinson Love joined them in the conversation about their performances […]

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