July 18, 2013

Leading scholars, elders and artists from across the Bay Area and nation will gather for a series of thoughtful and challenging conversations that will contextualize the intersection of traditional arts, contemporary performance and California’s changing demographics.  The daylong symposium will feature a discussion embracing the complexities of African dance, practice, production and teaching in the Bay Area; explore how artists address injustice and violence within their performance practice; and will investigate the tension inherent in performing the sacred on stage.

ACTA Program Manager Lily Kharrazi serves as an invited curator for this symposium, drawing on her vast experience at ACTA over the past 8 years. We invite and welcome your participation in this free event.

Saturday, August 10, 2013
10:00 am-6:30 pm

1310 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Read full panel descriptions here.  Visit CounterPULSE’s website to register.



Body Destroyed/Body Remembered: Genocide, Civil War and Performance

Organized by: Roko Kawai and Dr. Toni Shapiro-Phim
Moderated by: Dr. Toni Shapiro-Phim
Panelists include: Byb Chanel Bibene and Chey Chankethya



Representing Africa: The Changing Face of African Dance in the San Francisco Bay Area

Organized by: Lily Kharrazi, ACTA and Valerie Kim-Thuy Larsen, Ph.d
Moderated by: Valerie Kim-Thuy Larsen, Ph.d
Panelists include: Jasmine Johnson, Kelly Kouyate and Karma Smart


Inside Bhangra: An Experiential Lecture/ Demonstration with Joti Singh

Join Performing Diaspora artist, Joti Singh, for an interactive exploration into the Punjabi harvest dance, Bhangra.



Spirit Moves: Sacred Dance Onstage

Organized by: Umi Vaughan, Ph.d
Moderated by: Umi Vaughan, Ph.d
Panelists include: C.K. Ladzekpo, Mahealani Uchiyama, and Jose Francisco Barroso




Need more information?
Lily Kharrazi, ACTA Program Manager
(415) 346-5200 // lilyk@actaonline.org

For more information about Performing Diaspora’s kick-off party, symposium, full bios of the speakers, or to purchase tickets for two weekends of performances, please visit CounterPULSE’s website.


The Performing Diaspora Symposium is presented as part of ACTA’s Roundtable Series, made possible by the generous support of The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation and the San Francisco Arts Commission.