CounterPULSE Announces Resident Artists for its 2009 Performing Diaspora Program

ACTA - Posted on 24 April 2009

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This month CounterPULSE announced the 2009 Performing Diaspora Resident Artists.  CounterPULSE’s Performing Diaspora is a festival, residency program, commissioning program, and symposium featuring dance, music, theater, media, and interdisciplinary artists who are using traditional forms as a basis for experimentation and innovation.

The artists will be in residence from June through October, developing new work at CounterPULSE and in their home communities.  A series of public work-in-progress showings, discussions, and symposia will culminate in the Performing Diaspora Festival, November 5-22, 2009.  Several of the artists will be commissioned to create full-length works as part of CounterPULSE’s 2010-2011 season.

The artists were selected by Sherwood Chen, Alliance for California Traditional Arts; Laura Elaine Ellis, African and African American Performing Arts Coalition; and Debra Smith, Arab Cultural and Community center.

The 2009 Performing Diaspora Resident Artists are:

Opal Palmer Adisa
Jamaican storytelling

Yannis Adoniou, Artistic Director of KUNST-STOFF
with Catherine Clambaneva and Leonidas Kassapides
Greek rembetiko music and dance
San Francisco

Ana Maria Alvarez, Artistic Director of CONTRA-TIEMPO
Cuban dance
Los Angeles

Ducle Capadocia, Artistic Director of Silayan Philippine-American Dance Company
Filipino-American hip-hop and Philippine folk traditions
Los Angeles

Collette Eloi, Artistic Director of El Wah Movement
Haitian dance

Danica Sena Gakovich
Spanish flamenco music and dance and traditional Serbian music
San Francisco

Charlotte Moraga
North Indian Kathak dance
San Francisco

Prumsodun Ok
Cambodian classical dance
Long Beach

Gema Sandoval, Artistic Director of Danza Floricanto/USA
Mexican folk dance

Devendra Sharma
North Indian Nautanki musical theater

Sri Susilowati
Traditional Balinese, Javanese, and Sundanese dance

Wang Fei, Artistic Director of the North American Guqin Association
Chinese guqin music
Union City

Adia Tamar Whitaker
Afro-Hatian folkloric dance
San Francisco

For more information about these artists, their Performing Diaspora projects, or the Performing Diaspora program, visit CounterPULSE’s website.

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