• 1/11/11, a lucky numerical day I believe to start something new.  I got off the BART train in high heels freezing my tiny self and toes off, noting that I never want to wear these specific heels again to the city.  I had coffee breathe and stopped by Walgreens to get some gum, I also eagerly […]

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  • Nov 11-21, Thurs-Sat at 8pm, Sun at 3pm Tickets: Purchased online before 9/30 – $14 (Members $9) Purchased online after 9/30 – $19 (Members $14) Purchased at Door – $24 (Members $19) “Ampey!” is a multidisciplinary theater, music and dance piece that explores the spiritual, emotional and physical disconnect between African-Americans and Continental Africans. Choreographed […]

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  • Performing Diaspora: Adia Whitaker 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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  • 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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  • middle (line) Look fast. Move slow. The ground is on fire, but I don’t worry myself with that anymore. If I was at home I would ask if the fumes were toxic. Now, toxic is relative and intersections are the eye of the storm. In Ghana, ‘Nature’ is the holy book that tells people what […]

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  • beginning (circle) kokou katamani When I first formed my company, Ase Dance Theatre Collective, Kokou Katamani taught us a song. I’ll never forget that he came all the way from California just to perform in one of my pieces. I was a student at The Ailey School then and it was my first time living away […]

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  • line “the concepts that shape …” are where I’d have to begin … better yet, “SHAPE!” is where I’d have to begin if you REALLY want to talk about what we do as folklorists, performers, teachers, students etc. This residency is an opportunity for us to build new models of discussion, exploration, and experimentation around […]

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