Weighted Acceptance (2016)
Date and Time: Saturday, May 26, 6PM
Duration: 60 min, without intermission
Early Bird: $15
General Admission: $25
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Afia Thompson - Choreographer/Director/ Costume Designer
Nafi Thompson - Choreographer/Artistic Director
SevanKelee Boult - Writer/Composer/Co-Director/Video Production
Weighted Acceptance is a collaboration of dance, music and poetic storytelling that explores the many inter-sectional oppression faced by People Of Color. This multidisciplinary performance piece, seeks to heal urban communities by deepening the understanding of weights People Of Color collectively share and carry. Weighted Acceptance will focus on societal persecution and provide positive avenues to identify and dismantle prejudicial ideas regarding colorism. Weighted Acceptance is a platform that breaks through difficult weights such as social and racial injustices. Weighted Acceptance is a safe space for all to grow and heal through movement and spoken word.
Artists' BiosAfia Thompson - Director
Afia Beautiful One Thompson received her acclaim 20 years ago in West African dance. She has performed nationally and internationally in genres including jazz, hip-hop, lindy hop, freestyle, and modern dance. Her company Bahiya Movement has participated in SF Juneteenth, Black Choreographers, and Mbongui Square. Recently their piece iNdigo Skin: In Fear of Black Fruit, placed 2nd at Luna Dance Studio ChoreoFund 7 in Berkeley. Gracing the stages of The Palace of Fine Arts, Yerba Buena, and Oakland’s Art and Soul festivals. She continues to teach classes in the Oakland community to professional dancers and dance enthusiast of all ages.
Nafi Thompson - Artistic Director
Nafi Thompson has been dancing since the tender age of three, at Spelman College’s youth dance program in Atlanta, GA. She is well versed in Modern Jazz, West African, Hip-Hop, Haitian, and Ballet. Nafi founded Bahiya Movement Dance Company at the age of 18, to provide a body positive environment where everyone of all shapes, sizes, and genders are welcome to create self-expressing works of art. Nafi currently holds the position of Assistant Dance Instructor for Dance Production at Skyline High School in Oakland, CA under the Direction of Dawn James. She enjoys helping others reach their artistic destiny.
Shawn Hawkins - Principal Dancer
Shawn Hawkins was born and raised in San Francisco, California. He discovered his passion for dance as a freshman at California State University, East Bay. While there he honed his unique choreographic skills by fusing hip-hop and modern dance styles while creating powerful pieces that deal with social and political issues. In 2014, he joined Bahiya Movement, defining his skills and technique in modern jazz, hip-hop, house, and African dance, while enhancing his choreographic vision. His mission is to inspire youth in a thriving and positive atmosphere. Shawn believes that art is the driving force towards success.
SevanKelee Boult - Co-Director
SevanKelee Lucky 7 Boult, known Bay Area poet and performance artist. SevanKelee continuously redefines her poetry and performance. Hailing from East Palo Alto, CA and writing since childhoodher most recent artistic venture involves the ukulele and spoken word. This immersion has added depth to SevanKelee’s performance repertoire. In 2016, her dancing debut with Bahiya Movement led her to explore movement within her performances. This multifaceted artist has graced such stages as, Yerba Buena, De Young Museum, Brava and Marsh Theater(s) in San Francisco, CA. Her poem Cucumber has been seen on HBO Real Sex since 2000.
Company HistoryBahiya Movement was founded in 2011 by mother/daughter duo Afia and Nafi Thompson. Bahiya Movement has collaborated and produced work for youth companies such as Dance-A-Vision- under Carla Service, Destiny Arts Youth Company- under Sarah Crowell, and Mini Mix’d Youth Dance Company, under Jenay ShinobiJaxx Anolin. Bahiya Movement was invited to partake in Zakiya Harris video abracadabrakaafrica 2016. The company has presented work on such stages as, Oakland’s Art and Soul Festival, Black Choreographers, Denmark Arts Center in Denmark, Maine, San Francisco Carnaval, and The Palace of Fine Arts. Bahiya Movement mission is to heal through the art of movement.