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New Waves! 2024

BIM

26 JULY -  1 AUGUST

LET'S DANCE!

IN HONOR OF THE LATE JOHN MICHAEL GORING. 

 

BARBADOS.

 

NEW WAVES! INSTITUTE. A gathering of dance artists, scholars, teachers, students, and leaders in the field of dance who embody the depth and spirit of contemporary dance and performance practice in the Caribbean and its Diasporas - in an organizing principle of ‘Emancipation’ - and connect in essential ways that alters and brings out light in one another. Join us! Let's Dance! 

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New Waves! has become a rite of passage for dancers of the Caribbean and its Diasporas, having engaged hundreds of dance and performance artists, scholars, teachers, researchers and students in Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti, and New York. Placed within the multiplicity of the Caribbean historical and cultural context, in an organizing principle of ‘Emancipation’, the Institute is a site of creativity, experimentation, and critical thought aboutdance, performance and community making in the Caribbean. Let's Dance!

"This revolution of Emancipation, the revolution of Independence...that did not happen, it is still to happen."  -  Tony Hall,  New Waves! Founding Faculty

NEW WAVES! 2023 
28 JULY - 1  AUGUST
PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD
//  Dr. Adanna K. Jones
// Kieron Sargeant
// Dr. Yanique Hume 
// Dr. Marsha Pearce
// Vulgar Fraction “National Union of Freedom Fighters (NUFF)”
 // "Virago" by Neila Ebanks, "Rent-a-Tile" by Chris Walker, and Sheena Rose + Film by Akuzuru + Artist in Residence Showings: "Zero-Homers" by Shamar Watt, Adanna K. Jones and Kieron Sargeant.
// Thomas Talawa Presto
// Gillian Goddard
// Institute Director, Makeda Thomas
// Michelle Gibson
// Chris Walker
// Shamar Watt
MAKEDA THOMAS + YANIQUE HUME + CHRIS WALKER + THOMAS TALAWA PRESTO + MICHELLE GIBSON + SHEENA ROSE + MARSHA PEARCE + KIERON SARGEANT + SHAMAR WATT + ADANNA JONES + NEILA EBANKS + GIILLIAN GODDARD + EVERALD "REDMAN" WATSON + WAYNE "LION" OSUNA + VULGAR FRACTION + AKUZURU + SONJA DUMAS   LET'S DANCE!

NEWS/PRESS

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"I can articulate these connections now, but it would not be until I visited Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, to attend the New Waves! Dance and Performance Institute in 2018 that I would witness God’s queerness so fluidly across sites of religious ecstasy and hedonistic abandon. It was during that trip that I realized I could take queerness and my God (in all their forms) with me, wherever I go, without shame or consequence. I’d come to the institute in 2018 intending to observe — a collaborator of mine, a choreographer, was there participating in daily movement workshops - "... but my plans to be a passive gawker were immediately thwarted: I was told that observation without participation was not permitted, and deeply “colonial.” The New Waves! founder, Makeda Thomas, has been facilitating the Institute for several years and the space — exclusively dedicated to African and Caribbean futurisms, ancestral spirituality, embodied practices, and most importantly, Black liberation — required collective fellowship in corporeal movement as a central part of its practice and operation."  
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