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Following the Road to Ose Tura with Adia Tamar Whitaker and Àṣẹ Dance Theater: Open Rehearsal & Discussion

July 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Free

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Following the Road to Ose Tura with Adia Tamar Whitaker and Àṣẹ Dance Theater: Open Rehearsal & Discussion
Date & Time:
Saturday, July 27, 2024 4-5:30PM
Cost: FREE! Community Program

Bethany Arts Community invites you to an informal discussion and open rehearsal of Following the Road to Ose Tura with Adia Tamar Whitaker and Àṣẹ Dance Theater. During the open rehearsal experience, Àṣẹ will share what they’ve been working on and lab the third section of the work with an audience. Adia and Àṣẹ are interested in exploring the use of props, and the immersive theater devices they intend to activate during the  “That Day That …” section of a 90-minute dance theater performance ritual that features the dance films of their ancestral collaborator Iyanifa Omo Osun Ifadayo Olaberinjo Efeya Makala Sampson.

Ancestral Collaborator | Iyanifa Omo Osun Ifadayo Olaberinjo Efeya Makala Sampson
Road to Ose Tura Dance Films | Iyanifa Omo Osun Ifadayo Olaberinjo Efeya Makala Sampson
Following the Road to Ose Tura Artistic Director | Adia Tamar Whitaker
Following the Road to Ose Tura Musical Director | Guy de Chalus
Following the Road to Ose Tura Lead Vocalists | Tilishia Goveia, Tossie Long
Following the Road to Ose Tura | Dancers: | Jovan Clay, Stephanie Bastos, Rosa del Carmen Machuca, Rochelle Jamila
Supporting Musician | Miles Lassi

About Adia & Àṣẹ Dance Theater
Adia Tamar Whitaker IG: @ase_dance | IG: @ase_adiawhitaker | Artistic Director of the 24-year old Brooklyn based dance theater ensemble Àṣẹ Dance Theater EAST and bay area based dance theater ensemble Àṣẹ Dance Theater WEST, has performed contemporary dance, vernacular movement, Afro-Haitian, and Haitian dance in the U.S. and abroad for 22 years. Whitaker has traveled to Haiti, Cuba, Brazil, France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Ghana, Jamaica, Trinidad, Tobago, and Antigua to study, perform, and teach dance. Whitaker received an MFA in Dance from Hollins University, a BA in Dance from San Francisco State University, and attended The Ailey School. She was an Urban Bush Women Apprentice, a Maggie Allesee Choreographic Fellow, and an Isadora Duncan Award recipient. In 2019, Whitaker’s company performed at ODC, she received the NYSCA/NYFA Award in Choreography, and completed her first residency at the Kennedy Center.  In 2021, Whitaker’s choreography was featured in the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Virtual Dance Africa, she completed a second residency at the Kennedy Center, became a Gerbode Foundation Special Awards in the Arts Grant recipient, and curatorial artist for Albany Symphony Orchestra and Brooklyn Children’s Museum. In 2022, Whitaker and Dance Mission Theater received a Kenneth Rainin Foundation New Program Grant. In 2023,  Adia was awarded a Brooklyn Arts Council Creative Equations Fund; Justice, Equity, Sustainability, + Performing Arts Grant and a NEFA National Dance Project Production and Touring Grant.

About The Road to Ose Tura & Following the Road to Ose Tura

The Road to Ose Tura | Efeya Sampson
On August 6, 2020, Efeya Ifadayo Olaberinjo Makala Sampson a Brooklyn native, Ifa priestess, dancer, choreographer, scholar, educator, folklorist, and beloved member of Àṣẹ Dance Theater EAST (Adia’s Brooklyn based dance theater ensemble) transitioned into the ancestral realm. Before she made her transition, she created the beginning of a dance film called The Road to Ose Tura. As Efeya got closer to transitioning, she sent Whitaker and some members of her Brooklyn dance community all the videos of the movement she was dreaming into life and her rehearsal footage in a Google drive. In her human form, she did not finish setting her work on dancers. This task has been passed along to Adia; (1) Set Efeya’s ancestral dance prayers on dancers, and (2) Complete the dance film she began. In 2022, Adia Tamar Whitaker, Renee Kimberly Smith (an Executive Leader, Strategist, Cultural Curator, Efeya’s spiritual family, and Research/Development Partner for both The Road to Ose Tura and Following the Road to Ose Tura), and Photographer/Cinematographer Ralston R. Smith were able to complete the 2nd section of The Road to Ose Tura dance film.

Following the Road to Ose Tura | Adia Tamar Whitaker 
Following The Road to Ose Tura is the landing pad/container for Whitaker’s personal reflections while building her friend’s film, and navigating her own grief. It is Whitaker’s journey to express her story and place it in conversation with Efeya’s story. It’s the story of Adia being diagnosed with a far less life-threatening cancer and having excellent health insurance while supporting the health needs of a friend and artist fighting to stay alive with standard health insurance. It’s the story of Adia still being here on earth, still dancing with Efeya in their new relationship. It’s the story of listening and not being listened to. The story of how Adia and so many others are different because of Efeya’s life and transition. The story of visible invisible people … Black women …  POC … Artists … Undocumented essential workers … Elders … And many more weathering, living, and dying. It is the story of Adia finding healing and speaking her truth through fully realizing her friend’s work and her own.

Following the Road to Ose Tura | The Premiere | San Francisco, CA | 2024 | Following the Road to Ose Tura is a series of four different 25-minute-long ritual dance theater performances/ceremonies. Each day features a different 25-minute-long performance ritual. Each ritual will be repeated four times on the day it is performed. Each 25-minute performance ritual will happen in four different locations. Two of the performance ritual locations will be outside in two visible invisible spaces. Two performance ritual locations will be inside in two visible invisible spaces. The entire series of performances will happen over four days. Creative projections and/or screenings of Efeya’s dance film be featured on each performance ritual day.

Following the Road to Ose Tura | The Tour | 2025 – 2027 | After the premiere, the performance structure of Following the Road to Ose Tura will need to be modified and adjusted for the concert stage. The presenters listed below have expressed an interest and commitment to booking Following the Road to Ose Tura. In addition, they have also expressed an interest and commitment to booking Adia as a lecturer and to teach master classes in Afro-Haitian dance, Contemporary, Vernacular, and Dunham Technique-based movement to their graduate students, undergraduate student university dance ensembles, and community based youth ensembles.

This event is a Residency Community ProgramAs part of a residency at BAC, we ask each artist to build and facilitate a Community Program. Community Programs are a unique opportunity for both artists-in-residence and our local community to gather, engage, and be in conversation with one another through art. Community Programs are free engagements open to the public and/or in collaboration with a local community partner.

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Date:
July 27
Time:
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Cost:
Free
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Bethany Arts Community
Phone
914 944-4278
Email
info@bethanyarts.org
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Venue

Bethany Arts Community
40 Somerstown Rd.
Ossining, NY 10562 United States
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