Spring 2019 Dance Sharing

UNC Asheville Dance Program’s Spring 2019 Dance Sharing will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 26, in Belk Theatre. The peformance is free and open to everyone. This evening of dance will include a new dance work, blue, green, that Celia Weiss Bambara, assistant professor and director of UNC Asheville’s Dance Program, has created with Contemporary Dance and Repertory Students in collaboration with composer Kimathi Moore. Student work generated in Improvisation and Composition courses will also be shown. Completing the evening, Bambara will share a work that was created through dialogue with artists in Korea and the Ivory Coast titled Les Navettes. Lighting design and stage management will be provided through collaboration with students and faculty in the Drama Department at UNC Asheville. About Celia Weiss BambaraBambara is a dual citizen of the United States and Burkina Faso and she is the artistic director of the CCBdance Project, which is a bi-national pick-up company. She moved to Asheville from Abidjan, Ivory Coast in 2015 where she taught as a professor of dance at the National Arts Conservatory (INSAAC). Prior to this appointment she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Bambara is a dancer/choreographer with a Ph.D. from the University of California of Riverside in Critical Dance Studies and she holds an M.A. in dance from the University of California, Los Angeles.Bambara is a practice-based scholar and her work addresses the intersections of practice as research in contemporary and African diasporic dance. Her movement research combines the base of Haitian dance with other African forms, modern/contemporary dance, yoga and Klein Mahler technique, and Body Mind Centering. Her dance work has been shown in the United States, and internationally in the Caribbean, West Africa and in Europe. She completed long-term contemporary dance based projects in Abidjan between 2013 and 2015 and in Haiti between 1999 and 2003. Her awards include grants from the Puffin Foundation, US State Department, the University of Illinois, Chicago (Postdoctoral Fellowship), the National Theater Center in Abidjan (Ivory Coast), the Djerassi Foundation, the UCIRA (University of California Institute for Research in the Arts) for collaborative work in Haiti, the BVAR, Dance and Performance Institute (Trinidad), Donko Seko (Mali), and Ecole Des Sables Creative Residency (Senegal).