I would like to take this time out to say “thank you” to Professor Mabel Evwierhoma, the Conference Director, who helped me out in a pinch with my Nigerian Visa (that experience will be another topic for another day).
I’ll close this post with an excerpt from my paper:
“In implementing social change through traditional African dance, you have to do the ethnographic research, as well as have respect for the tradition and intention of the dance aesthetic. The paradigm shift occurs when the choreographer breaks away from creating with the intention to entertain, to creating with an intention to inform and educate. In this process, a choreographer’s role is to start the conversation, through their work. You never know who is in the audience and who will be inspired, motivated or moved to BE the change that your work will inspire.”
This conference, the participants, and the presentations have all inspired me to do better!
Stay tuned for what’s to come! #kevchronicles