Okwui Okpokwasili Master Class


Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 7:00pm to 9:00pm


Harvard Dance Center, 66 Garden Street, Cambridge

Presented By: Office for the Arts (OFA) Dance Program, Master Class Series and Theater, Dance & Media
Okwui Okpokwasili
New York-based writer, performer, and choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili will teach a master class titled Embodied Practice: How does the body make a narrative? How does one build a movement vocabulary around the psychic condition of a character? Using text as an initial generating tool, participants will work individually and in groups to explore an emergent narrative through the building of a gestural vocabulary. 

No movement experience necessary! Courage, imagination, and a willlingness to fail are paramount.

The class is open to writers, performers, dancers, musicians, object art makers, art lovers, and all curious and committed people. Participants must be age 18 years or older. Observers welcome. 

Participation is free, but due to limited class capacity, online registration is required for both participants and observers. 

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In addition, Ms. Okpokwasili will be giving a lecture presentation at the Harvard Dance Center on Monday, March 6, 6-7:30pm, as part of Theater, Dance & Media's Perspectives on Performance. 

About Okwui Okpokwasili
In partnership with collaborator Peter Born, Okpokwasili creates cross disciplinary performance projects. Their first New York production, Pent-Up: A Revenge Dance premiered at Performance Space 122 and recieved a 2010 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award
 for Outstanding Production; an immersive installation version was featured in the 2008 Prelude Festival. Their second collaboration, Bronx Gothic, won a 2014 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for Outstanding Production and toured nationally and internationally. Site Specific performance installations include Bronx Gothic: The Oval, When I Return Who Will Receive Me?, and Poor People’s TV Room solo. Their current evening length work Poor People’s TV Room was Co-commissioned by New York Live Arts, the Walker Arts Center, and the American Dance Institute (“The Lumberyard”). 

As a performer, Okpokwasili frequently collaborates with award- winning director Ralph Lemon, including How Can You Stay inthe House All Day and Not Go Anywhere?, Come home Charley Patton (for which she also won a New York Performance “Bessie” Award); a duet performed at The Museum of Modern Art as part of On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century; and, most recently, Ralph Lemon’s Scaffold Room. She has worked with Nora Chipaumire, Julie Taymor, Young Jean Lee, Annie Dorsen, Richard Foreman, and Richard Maxwell.

Okpokwasili has received numerous residencies and awards includeing  Maggie Allesee National Center
for Choreography Choreographic Fellowship (2012, 2016); Baryshnikov Arts Center Artist-in-Residence (2013); New York Live Arts Studio Series (2013); Under Construction at the Park Avenue Armory (2013); New York Foundation for the Arts’ Fellowship in Choreography (2013); Danspace Project (2013, 2014); Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Program (2014-15); among many others. Her work has been supported by Creative Capital, the MAP Fund and the New England Foundation for the Arts. 

Harvard University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact 617-495-8683 in advance of your participation or visit. 

The Harvard Dance Center is accessible for individuals using wheelchairs.