Praxis Institute, Praxis Place:

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 a better understanding of our work and process. Between 2006 and 2011, CCBdance project organized and promoted master classes, workshops and informal dialogues. Between 2009 and 2010, we organized master classes and performances in Outerspace, which was under the direction of Asimina Chremos. From 2010 to 2011, Praxis Place was the physical live/work space in which we made and shared dances, taught, improvised and organized intercultural experimental dance in the community. Currently, we aim to organize in diverse locations when necessity and interest arise so as to provoke and provide dialogue between makers, movers, teachers and dancers.

Through the organization of workshops/master classes or dialogues, we have created community with a number of artists, including 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 other community programming to bridge borders, bodies and barriers between movers and makers. Seeking to facilitate bridges between artists and communities, we engage in curation and events such as Bloom. 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