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WorkshopAfrican Contemporary Dance / Joshua Akubo Gabriel

Sat 29.06.2024 | 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm - Probebühne 3

Workshop 1:
Introduction to the African philosophy of movement from a Nigerian cultural dance perspective
12–14 | Ticket

Workshop 2:
Exploration of Northern Nigerian movement vocabularies, jam session, choreographic process
15–17 | Ticket

Both workshops are suitable for both professionals and beginners.

Notion Obedience (Structures and Chaos)

The workshop invites the dancer into the African philosophy and aesthetic of movement that reinforces community with self and the collective. The unseen that influences the seen, the once known space that has been forgotten and a time before this time that we were blessed. The movement explores textures from many disciplines with a base in the cultural idea of movement in Nigeria from masters who are constantly investigating the relationships of decolonized bodies. We will use techniques from Capoeira, Krump, floorwork, Afro-cultural movement.
The workshop is a movement philosophy rather than technique, that questions the body’s journey through ever evolving space time. The intersections between thinking and doing that demonstrates temporalities and dismantles the linear idea of being or even beginning or what is, what can or cannot be movement.
Its a re-membering of ourselves lost in time.
A contribution to life.
A relationship with all manifestations of being in the body.
The Zero that makes the one count (NOTHING as an entry point for something).

The Goal of the workshop is to inspire a new together. One that discover self and accepts the collective.
We will create hotspots of connection
We will think about the forgotten 
We will mend our relationship with movement.
We will start again.

Joshua Akubo Gabriel is a dancer, teacher, choreographer, and community activist/strategist/organizer born and raised in Kaduna, Nigeria. He is co-founder and director of Duniatè Culture/Festival and the Art Resource Center Kaduna – an arts and culture organization that supports and highlights the creative ingenuity of young, emerging, and established artists, with a passion for uplifting cultural diversity through exchange programs and art project developments. He is interested in social justice and the decolonisation of the black body. His works reflect this ideas as he travels around the world teaching, making works and organizing community gatherings.