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Praxis Institute

The praxis institute was born out of necessity in 2006 as we sought to welcome artists' in dialogue in Chicago as well as create more space and understanding of our work and process. Between 2006 and 2011 CCBdance project organized and promoted master classes, workshops and informal dialogues under our company umbrella. Between 2009 and 2010, we organized masterclasses and performances in outerspace which was under the direction of Asimina Chremos. From 2010-2011 praxis place was the physical live/work space in which we made dances, shared dances, taught, improvised and organized intercultural experimental dance in the community. Currently, we aim to organize in diverse locations when necessity and interest arises so as to provoke and provide dialogue between makers, movers, teachers and dancers.

Artists who we have created community for and with through organization of workshops/masterclasses or dialogues have include Issa Coulibaly, Cynthia Oliver, Sylvestre Akakpo, Souleymane Badolo, Sherwood Chen, Djenane St. Juste, Alesia Young, Salif Kabore, Fanta Konate, Teber Milandou-Sita, Ananya Chatterjea, Emannuel Louis, Roger Ouedraogo, Daniel Desir and Dicko Yanogo.

We engage in these community dialogues and programming to bridge borders, bodies and barriers between movers and makers extending dialogue and community. As part of the process of learning how best to organize in a fluid way in the community, we engage in curation and events such as "bloom" and seek to facilitate bridges between artists' and communities. While there are many goals for curation and organization, we aim to localize issues that arise in practice and intersect them with the realities of making in specific communities and internationally so that artists' experimental and teaching work are embraced in ways relevant to their work, process and experiences.

Curation

We have curated events as guest curators for "Anatomy Riot" (LA) in which we organized an evening interrogating African diasporic traditional and contemporary dance (2006). As a fund raiser for Haiti Soleil a benefit was curated at the Alliance Francaise in Chicago in which African and Caribbean artists came together and shared their work to support Haiti Soleil (2010). Between (2010 and 2011) we hosted and curated "bloom" #1-11 (a-b) in which local, national and international artists shared their new works, works-in-progress, improvisations and experiments across contemporary genres. In addition in 2011, Celia also organized and curated an evening of choreographic work produced by women at praxis place, " Women's Work."