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New Waves! Institute

“this revolution of Emancipation, the revolution of Independence…that did not happen, it is still to happen.” 


                                                                - Tony Hall 

25 July to 1 August 2022 - Port of Spain, Trinidad


Ago! Ame! Following a 3-year break, New Waves! Institute returns with 7 days of performance, movement and reasonings; screenings, communal meals, and limes. New Waves! 2022 will gather dance artists, scholars, teachers, administrators, those in dance production (lighting and costume designers, musicians), and other leaders in the field of dance to celebrate, galvanize, play, workshop, commune, disrupt, engage, mourn, heal, and move.


We will 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. All are invited to invoke a practice that includes dance, song, word, and play; to create a space where “dancers could dance and be healed from the laborious hierarchies of imperialism and colonization; a space where we could “each re-strategize our own personal vision” 

Registration opens on 2 January 2022. 

Let's Dance!


  • New Waves! 2022: 25 July to 1 August in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Let's Dance!


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The first New Waves! in 2011 gathered 60 participants – 40 international participants from India, the United States, Canada, St. Croix, Jamaica, and 20 participants from Trinidad & Tobago.  Faculty and Guests included Makeda Thomas, Chris Walker, Rennie Harris, Ananya Chatterjea, Dyane Harvey-Salaam, Tony Hall, Akuzuru, Sonja Dumas, Dave Williams, Ursula Payne,  Shaneeka Harrell, Patrick Parson, Arcell Cabuag, Vaughn Toussaint, and Maria Nunes and Arnaldo James (photographers-in-residence),  Over the course of two weeks, 108 classes workshops, programs and events took place at the University of Trinidad & Tobago, Academy for the Performing Arts, the historic Trinidad Theatre Workshop, Caribbean School of Dancing, the Royal Botanic Gardens, and Alice Yard.

SPECIAL EVENTS: “SHE” with Dyane Harvey-Salaam, interviewed by Sonja Dumas; Repertory Workshop Performance; “Jouvay Process” with Tony Hall; Roundtable series: “Complexity of Indigeneity in Cultural Production”, “Imagining Contemporary Cultural Production in Trinidad”, and “Theorizing Strategies of Reinvigorating the Cultural Context”; and a Youth Workshop Initiative with the National Council on Indian Culture; and "Dance & Social Justice" Lecture by Dr. Ananya Chatterjea for The Philosophical Society of Trinidad & Tobago.

COURSE OFFERINGS: Pearl Primus Workshop; Eleo Pomare Workshop; Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE Repertory Workshop; Forces of Nature Workshop; Building Movement: Fundamentals of Choreographic Process;  Contemporary Dance; House Dance, Dunham Technique; Caribbean Dance; From Scratch on a Dirt Road; Movement Meditation, Mindpower: Site-Specific Dance Exploration; Ananya Dance Theater Workshop; Pilates; Living Poetry Outloud: Spoken Word, Poetry, Writing & Performance.

"Surfers" also visited with Malick Folk Performing Group, participated in the Shango Festival - ADE ODUN SANGO 2011 in La Fillette Evergreen River Park, accepted invite to Kali Puja in Chase Village; and attended Orisha Palais in San Juan and Matura. WHAT A BEGINNING!