About This Artist

Amara Tabor-Smith/Deep Waters Dance Theater

Artist in Residence
Performances THU-SUN, NOV 15-18, 2012 at 8PM
Food Symposium SUN, NOV 18 

Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread

Inspired by a family gumbo tradition, Our Daily Bread is a performance experience that honors individual food legacies and engages all of the senses. This collaboration between Amara Tabor-Smith’s Deep Waters Dance Theater, director Ellen Sebastian Chang and visual artist Laura Diamondstone delves into the folklore and stories surrounding our food traditions to examine how these traditions are impacted by industrialized agriculture, fast food culture and our global food crisis.

Cast and Collaborators of Our Daily Bread: Amara Tabor-Smith, Ellen Sebastian Chang, Lauren Elder, Ajayi Jackson, Guy de Chalus, Dana Kawano, Chichi Okonmah, Laura Diamondstone, Eyla Moore, Stephanie Bastos, Melanie Cutchon, Alicia Walters, Pippa Flemming, Tossie Long, Fe Bongolan, and Zakiya Harris.

Sisters At The Table: Symposium About Women and Food

Engagement Partner: 

La Pena     Mercy Housing                 



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Outreach Partners: 

Farms to Grow18 ReasonsLocaphonic, Starchild Entertainment, Women’s Earth Alliance, CUESA,  Banteay Srei, City Slicker Farms

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Amara Tabor-Smith San Francisco born, Oakland based, Tabor-Smith has performed in the work of choreographers such as, Ed Mock, Anne Bluethenthal, Priscilla Regalado, Pearl Ubungen, Ronald K. Brown and Joanna Haigood. Amara is the former Associate Artistic Director and dancer with The Urban Bush Women Dance Company of New York City. She has a background in theater which includes work with Anna Deveare Smith, Herbert Siquenza, Aya de Leon, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, The SF Mime Troupe and Make-A-Circus. She choreographed and appeared as a dancer in Shakti Butler’s documentary film, “Making Whiteness Visible”. She has studied dance with Ed Mock, Cecilia Marta, Ronald K. Brown, Katiti King, Jose Barroso, Anne Bluethenthal, Alonzo King, Aaron Osborne, Rosangela Silvestre and Malonga Casquelord to name a few. She has taught dance, Capoeira and entering community workshops at Naropa University in Boulder, CO., University of Omaha, NE., Columbia College in Chicago, The Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM and is currently on faculty at UC Berkeley teaching modern dance. In 2006 she formed her company Deep Waters Dance Theater (DWDT) and is co founder of Headmistress, an ongoing collaboration with movement artist Sherwood Chen. Amara is a 2010 awardee of the Headlands Center for the Arts Artist in Residence grant and has received grants from Theater Bay Area CA$H, Zellerbach Family Fund, CounterPULSE winter Artist in Residency (2008) and CHIME mentorship Exchange (2007).

Archived Events

Lost and Found: Bay Area Edition

SFMOMA's Open Space presents Annie Danger, Xandra Ibarra, Monique Jenkinson, Rhodessa Jones, Keith Hennessy, Brontez Purnell, Helen Shumaker, and Amara Tabor-Smith
February 4, 2017, Saturday 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Sisters at the Table: Food Symposium

NOV 18, 2012, TUE @ 3:00PM

Our Daily Bread

Amara Tabor-Smith’s Deep Waters Dance Theater
NOV 15-18, 2012, THU-SUN at 8PM

Our Daily Bread: Quilting Workshop / Food Party

Amara Tabor-Smith
OCT 20, 2012, SAT from 1-3PM

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