PC Sara Forshay, Who Fears Not DeathSpring 2019Praxis...

PC Sara Forshay, Who Fears Not Death

Spring 2019

Praxis Dialogues-Dialogues on Process and Making

April 25th. 2018 at 7pm. Showing of “Who Fears Not Death: For My Son’s Father” with collaborator Kimathi Moore at the BELK theater at UNC Asheville. 30 minute solo project. 

Also showing work set on contemporary III and repertory students at UNC Asheville. 

April 5th, Artistic Surrogacy Project, Curated by Cara Hagan at Revolve in Asheville. Performance of work and showing with collaborators in Ivory Coast and Korea.

March 13th-15th Hybrid Practices Conference at the University of Malta. Practice as Research Presentation.  Improvising Coalitions: Fusional Dance in the Jewish and African Diasporas. As a diasporic Jewish woman I will address how improvisation as a method of movement research that permits the overlap of Jewish and African diasporic practices and coalitions outside of the bounds of language.  I will relate this discussion about improvisation and the content of my dance company’s, the CCBdance Project, work to notions of diaspora, displacement and yearning for home.

May 18th, 2018  Presentation of Work-in-Progress “who fears not...

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...

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...

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.  

work set on students in advanced contemporary at UNC...

work set on students in advanced contemporary at UNC Asheville “Swimming, Flying and Other Brave Things” (2016) 

with atelier intensive students in Mali at Kettly Noel’s Donko Seko (2016)

work with dance students from UNCA through the CCBdance Project for site-specific (2016)

Fall 2018

October  17th-29th in collaboration with Jana Schmeuk of TanzArt in Kirchau, Germany on Dancing Women into Democracy in Asheville, NC. Site-Specific Dance Making and Dance Film.  

Site-Specific Showings: Moving Voices

October 21st at 2pm, Master Class at the Asheville Ballet

October 27th Pack Square at 3pm,  dialogue at

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center at 120 College Street at 4pm. 

October 29th On UNCA campus at Brown Hall 12pm at 5:30 at UNCA Library Steps

Performances and dialogue are free and open to the public. A Master Class will be offered at the Asheville Ballet for $15 dollars per person. Everybody Dance Now - an invitation to create dance for all levels - is open to beginning to advanced students and professional artists, ages 11 to adult. Please contact dance@ashevilleballet.com to enroll or for more information. 

The Dance Program at UNC Asheville is partnering with the CCBdance Project, the German Program, Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center, Asheville Ballet and TanzArt in East Germany to facilitate both a residency for a series of site-specific dances and dialogue about process and making in experimental dance. All site specific dances, master class at Asheville Ballet and dialogues are open to the public.

This series of site-specific dances will engage with social justice issues in North Carolina and Germany, including identity struggles during political and economic change, ethnic differences, class differences and gender-based inequalities. We are wedded to the specific intersections of these issues with the sites that we are interested in working in. These works intersect with notions of home, losing home, and re-patriating ideas of self and space in reference to shifting identities in democracies.  Jana Schmueck and Celia Weiss Bambara have co-directed and choreographed these site-specific works, dancers from UNC Asheville and the Asheville community will engage the process.

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, Mizrahi, 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.  My presentation will articulate important ways in which Diasporas are connected through the body in shifting landscapes while fleshing out how improvisation(s) are important modes for connecting ethnic, religious and racial others.  Most importantly, my improvisations and presentation project will produce deep insight into how I, as an American Jew, with mixed diaspora heritage articulate embodied knowledge through movement and socially relevant writing and dance making.