May 18th, 2018 Presentation of Work-in-Progress “who fears not death: for my sons father” with musical collaborator Kimathi Moore at Draftwork in a shared show with Celia Weiss Bambara/ Meg Foley curated by Ishmael Houston Jones at Dancespace at St. Marks Church
teaching movement research, improvisation through CIE Priemier Temps in July 2017 in Dakar Senegal. Photo Credit Elise Fitte-Duval. Celia seated next to Andreya Ouamba
Who Fears Not Death: For My Sons Father at the Carol BELK theater at UNC Asheville. PC. Joe Bolado. Spring Dance Sharing 2018.
We Fear Not Death: For My Son’s Father
This solo work asks questions about how we mourn, let go of the fear and stigma surrounding death and locate the edges of how we loose those dear to us. Equally this work asks why some die and others live in Africa. It questions the ways that certain lives are privileged over others. Drawing from Ndedi Okorafor’s textual landscape of post-apocalyptic Africa the work excavates outsiderness, the destabilization and re-centering of self that mourning requires and finding home in one’s own body in order to mourn. The solo dance project is a contemporary dance work that draws upon African and Caribbean movement materials in an experimental dance work that incorporates aspects of theater. The work will be made in collaboration with African American musician Kimathi Moore.
This is an important solo work made for the CCBdance Project, as completion of the work will occur during the company’s 13th year of existence. This work will be Celia’s fourth solo work for the company. This work directly engages the thematic material of inter-culturalism as well as the explicit realities of Africa and delves into the disparities of race based inequality on a continental scale through the mourning of life lost. This work addresses the death and mourning or Zie Lacina Ouattara, Celia Weiss Bambara’s fiancée and the father of her son. He was a respected member of the Ivoirian music and cultural production community and director of programming at the RTI (National Radio Station). He is the father of one child, Israel Iman Paul-David Weiss Ouattara. This work addresses on a larger scale the mourning for life lost that could have been saved through better health care, better resources, less capitalism and less imperialism. The work is a statement about life lost but also about the lives that we need to value more. It also addresses culturally based attitudes towards mourning in Africa and how the female body is and is not allowed to mourn in the Ivory Coast and internationally.
work set on student at UNC Asheville “Swimming, Flying and Other Brave Things” (2016)
with atelier intensive participants in Mali at Kettly Noel’s Donko Seko (2016)
October 13-15, 2018
Arizona State University, Tempe Campus. Hershberger Institut.
Practice as Research Presentation At the Jews and Jewishness in Dance conference will present a lecture demonstration titled, “Jewish Diaspora and Improvisation: Defining Place and Coalition.”
As a Sephardic, Ashkenazi, and Swedish American woman, my identity politics within the African diasporic, contemporary dance milieu have always been relegated to a paragraph or two in grants, piece descriptions, and presentations. However these same identifications have also been sites of cross-identification for me as a dance artist and scholar working in the Caribbean and West Africa and space of connection and disconnection.
August (Dates TBA)
Informal show, premiere and talk back. “Who Fears Note Death: For My Sons Father” 30 minute solo work in collaboration with Kimathi Moore in Asheville, North Carolina.
PC Elise Fitte Duval Celia with collaborator Abou Bassa at Ecole Des Sables in Toubab Dialaw Senegal.
May 19th at 3pm Presentation of Work-in-Progress “who fears not death: for my sons father” with musical collaborator Kimathi Moore at Draftwork in a shared show with Celia Weiss Bambara/ Meg Foley curated by Ishmael Houston Jones at Dancespace at St. Marks Church.