The Dj Is My Griot

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" We are how we dance ... Dance can be links to our past "
The DJ Is My Griot
A thrilling Dance Theater piece premiering in the 2015 Cohen New Works Festival. April 13-17

Reserve your FREE tickets Online beginning April 6th at

All performances will be held in the B. Iden Payne Theater at The University of Texas at Austin in the Winship Drama Building

April 14th at 9 pm
April 15th at 9 pm
April 16th at 5pm

The DJ Is My Griot Is an original production that explores the figure of the DJ as a modern day Griot, a storyteller who maintains the tradition of oral history in Western Africa. The DJ along with ensemble cast members will lead the audience in an exploration of history, appropriation, and Afro-American and Afro-Caribbean dance traditions that inform popular culture today. In this piece our audience will be introduced to new and popular dances of America such as the "Nae Nae" and the "Whip" all the way back to the “Ring Shout” danced in the 1800’s by African slaves as a form of communication. All in all The DJ is My Griot pays tribute to black peoples contribution and impacts on society through a performance that is a celebratory investigation of blackness through physical performance .

D'Lonte Lawson , Kimari Carter , Ursula Cimone Walker, Bria Washington, Jennifer Eze, Lizeth Katz, Madi Palomo, Emma Center, and Amber Rose Wall

Concived and Created by : Jossina Mark in collaboration with Dramatugs Ladonna Matchett and Fallon Christian, stage manager Tyler Brown and Mentor M'bewe Escobar

Artistic Director : Jossina Mark

Choreographed by : Jossina Mark in collaboration with Ladonna Matchett and some Dancers

Sound / music engineers : Raechell Steward

Videography : Max Christiansen
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