Performing Diaspora Symposium

AUG 10, 2013, SAT 10:30AM - 6PM
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CounterPULSE and the Alliance for California Traditional Arts present

Performing Diaspora Symposium

Hosted at CounterPULSE (1310 Mission Street, SF)

AUG 10, SAT 10:30AM – 6PM


Leading scholars, elders and artists from across the Bay Area and nation will gather for a series of thoughtful and challenging conversations that will contextualize the intersection of traditional arts, contemporary performance and California’s changing cultural landscape.  The day-long symposium will feature a discussion embracing the complexities of African dance, practice, production and teaching in the Bay Area; explore how artists address injustice and violence within their performance practice; and will investigate the tension inherent in performing the sacred on stage.

*Read full panel descriptions and panelist bios on the Performing Diaspora website.




11:05am – 12:35am

Body Destroyed/Body Remembered: Genocide, Civil War and Performance

Organized by: Roko Kawai and Toni Shapiro-Phim, Ph.d
Moderated by: Toni Shapiro-Phim, Ph.d
Panelists include: Byb Chanel Bibene, Chey Chankethya, and Germaine Ingram

12:35 – 1:25pm


1:30 – 3pm

Representing Africa: The Changing Face of African Dance in the San Francisco Bay Area

Organized by: Lily Kharrazi, ACTA and Valerie Kim-Thuy Larsen, Ph.d
Moderated by: Valerie Kim-Thuy Larsen, Ph.d
Panelists include: Jasmine Johnson, Kelly Kouyate, and Karma Smart

3:10 – 3:55pm

Inside Bhangra: An Experiential Lecture/ Demonstration with Joti Singh

Join Performing Diaspora artist, Joti Singh, for an interactive exploration into the Punjabi harvest dance, Bhangra.

4 – 5:30pm

Spirit Moves: Sacred Dance Onstage

umi2 Organized by: Umi Vaughan, Ph.d
Moderated by: Umi Vaughan, Ph.d
Panelists include: C.K. Ladzekpo, Ph.d, Mahealani Uchiyama, and Jose Francisco Barroso

5:30 – 6pm

Kpalongo Drumming Performance and Jam Session 

Artists: CK Ladzekpo, Kwesi Anku, Selasi Morgan, Kwaku Manu, and ensemble








*Read full panel descriptions and panelist bios on the Performing Diaspora website.

Other Performing Diaspora Festival Events:

Festival Kickoff Party — AUG 8

Eventbrite - Performing Diaspora Weekend OneWeekend One — AUG 15-18
Byb Chanel Bibene, Joti Singh, and Jia Wu


Eventbrite - Performing Diaspora Weekend TwoWeekend Two – AUG 22-25
Jewlia Eisenberg, Muisi-kongo Malonga, Nadhi Thekkek



August 10, 2013
10:30 am - 6:00 pm
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CounterPulse old location
1310 Mission St
San Francisco, CA United States