Reimagining Historical Narratives Through Movement featuring Okwui Okpokwasili, hosted by Shirine Saad

Dancer and choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili reimagines the boundaries of the stage with performances that center historically marginalized narratives, such as the interior lives of African American and African women. She will address radical practices and paradigms in the aesthetic and activist realms, and movement-based practices of healing and listening.  


Bios: 

Okwui Okpokwasili is a Brooklyn-based performance maker. Her work includes two Bessie Award winning productions: Pent-Up: a revenge dance and Bronx Gothic. Other productions include Poor People’s TV Room, and Adaku’s Revolt. Okpokwasili recently co-curated the Danspace Project Platform “Utterances From the

Chorus”. Her commissions, Residencies and awards: 10th Annual Berlin Biennale Commission, 2018 Doris Duke Artist Award in Contemporary Dance, 2018 USA Artist Fellow, 2018 Princeton Hodder Fellow, 2018 Herb Alpert Award in Dance, LMCC’s Extended Life Program (2013-2016, 2019), The Foundation for Contemporary Arts’ Artist Grant in Dance (2014), MOMA, The Young Vic, Tate Modern. Okpokwasili is a 2018 MacArthur Fellow. 


Shirine Saad, Interim Programming Director of National Sawdust, is an arts journalist, programmer and DJ with a focus on culture and social change. She has covered emerging movements from Helsinki to Kingston, San Juan and Beirut, and organized events and DJ'd around the world. She holds an MA in Arts and Culture Journalism from Columbia University.


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Dancer and choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili reimagines the boundaries of the stage with performances that center historically marginalized narratives.

April 6, 2021
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Dancer and choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili reimagines the boundaries of the stage with performances that center historically marginalized narratives, such as the interior lives of African American and African women. She will address radical practices and paradigms in the aesthetic and activist realms, and movement-based practices of healing and listening.  


Bio: 

Okwui Okpokwasili is a Brooklyn-based performance maker. Her work includes two Bessie Award winning productions: Pent-Up: a revenge dance and Bronx Gothic. Other productions include Poor People’s TV Room, and Adaku’s Revolt. Okpokwasili recently co-curated the Danspace Project Platform “Utterances From the

Chorus”. Her commissions, Residencies and awards: 10th Annual Berlin Biennale Commission, 2018 Doris Duke Artist Award in Contemporary Dance, 2018 USA Artist Fellow, 2018 Princeton Hodder Fellow, 2018 Herb Alpert Award in Dance, LMCC’s Extended Life Program (2013-2016, 2019), The Foundation for Contemporary Arts’ Artist Grant in Dance (2014), MOMA, The Young Vic, Tate Modern. Okpokwasili is a 2018 MacArthur Fellow. 

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Reimagining Historical Narratives Through Movement featuring Okwui Okpokwasili, hosted by Shirine Saad