EXPLORING DIASPORA: COMMUNITY IN MOTION AT THE DAWNING OF A NEW MOVEMENT FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
In this workshop participants will use movement to explore the concept of Diaspora—from Africa, to America, Emancipation, Great Migration, Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights/Black Power, and Hip Hop. This workshop will lay the foundation for movement discovery in a social cultural context. Participants will discover how the social landscape of a community impacts one’s unique voice artistically, and how discovery can inform and facilitate change.
Theara J. Ward began her professional career with the Dance Theater of Harlem at thirteen years old. She has travelled extensively and made her Broadway debut featured in the Tony Award winning revue, BLACK AND BLUE. The role of ‘Ghost of Christmas Future’ in “A CHRISTMAS CAROL” was created on Theara at Madison Square Garden.
She has appeared on television and in commercials. Theara was one of the ballerinas recognized during the “Black Ballerina Magic” tribute at New York City Center during the 2016 Dance Theatre of Harlem New York Season. She has recently appeared in “For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuff” by Ntozake Shange with Project1Voice and as a soloist “Tribute To Charles Mingus” with Diane Robinson and
Mickey Davidson, Berklee Performance Center, Boston. Works with arts education programs in the New York metropolitan area including Dance Theatre of Harlem, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She has presented at CADD (Collegium for African Diaspora Dance) and “A Time To Dance: Theology Through the Arts,” symposium, Duke University.
Theara has also penned her one woman show, “From The Heart Of A Sistah: A chorepoem.
Dance Theatre of Harlem
Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) is a leading dance institution of unparalleled global acclaim, encompassing a performing Ensemble, a leading arts education center and Dancing Through Barriers®, a national and international education and community outreach program. Each component of DTH carries a solid commitment towards enriching the lives of young people and adults around the world through the arts. Founded in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook, DTH was considered “one of ballet’s most exciting undertakings” (The New York Times, 1971). Now in its fourth decade, DTH has grown into a multi-cultural dance institution with an extraordinary legacy of providing opportunities for creative expression and artistic excellence that continues to set standards in the performing arts. DTH has achieved unprecedented success, bringing innovative and bold new forms of artistic expression to audiences in New York City, across the country and around the world.