Visiting Oshun Movement Research With Coppin State University Students with Dr. Celia Weiss Bambara PC CBambara CCBdance Project
-Thank you MSAC for your support in Maryland. Please see http://msac.org/directory/artists/celia-bambara
-This is the 16th year for the CCBdance Project. Celia Weiss Bambara became solo director of the company in 2012 carrying on the work begun with co-founder Christian Bambara during his illness. During this ten year period the company taught and performed in Burkina Faso, the Ivory Coast, Mali, Senegal, France, Germany, North Carolina, New York, California, Maryland, and Michigan. In 2015, the CCBdance Project became a non-profit in the Ivory Coast as well as a fiscally sponsored entity in the United States. Celia created site dance work, installations, dance films, improvisations, work with students and large scale solo and small ensemble pieces.
-This spring, celebrating this spirit of resilience and regeneration we will show repertory dance work at Coppin Dance University in Baltimore and site dance or dance film created by students at Coppin and possible visiting artists. March 30th, April 20, 27th, and May 4th.
-An improvisational installation and dialogue about improvisation may also be improvisationaly made possible.
Film still from blue, green screen dance, press photo 2013 CCBdance Project
Summer and Fall 2021
Informal screening of dance films and CCBdance Project Dance Work in Baltimore Spring 2022.
-October-November Visiting Oshun -Informal Community Site Dance Performances with Coppin Students details to be announced separately on Coppin Social Media through Dance 425, December 3rd showing of “Visiting Oshun” community dance.
-November 19-21 November Body IQ- Somatics Festival in Berlin, Germany, Screening of Je Te Souhaites Du Bien et Apres…-Screening, academic paper delivery on the research process for the movement scores in the film.
-October 28th Curated Virtual Dialogue “African Diasporic Experimental Art- Interdisciplinary Process and Praxis” Through Coppin State University with Helanius Wilkins, Julie Iarisoa, and Jamal Moore. Dance Program and Humanities Department.
-October 14-17 Dance Studies Association screening of Je Te Souhaites Du Bien et Apres on Friday the 15th and Saturday 16th 7:30-9:00-Screendance Screening.
-October 11 Curated dialogue with “Cynthia Oliver and Collaborators- Dance Making and Process”. Virtual dialogue through Coppin State University Dance Program and Humanities Department. 11 am to 12 pm EST.
-October 6-7 Martha’s Vineyard African American Virtual Film Festival. Screening of “Je Te Souhaites Du Bien et Apres”
-June 16th Virtual Showing of 30 minute solo, who fears not death (2021) original sound score by Kimathi Moore. Production and lighting design part of Northern Michigan University’s Couch Show. Lighting design by Dan Zini.
-June 10 Finalist for the Vancouver Independent Film Festival Je Te Souhaites Du Bien et Apres (2020)
-May 21 Screening and Dance Premiere of dance films blue, green (2021), Je Te Souhaites Du Bien et Apres (2020), and excerpt of solo who fears not death (2021) in Marquette, Mi.
Spring 2021-News, Updates, Premiers- We are in our 15th Year-
Film Stills-2020. Yacouba Badolo,Celia Bambara, Kayla Hamilton “Je Te Souhaites Du Bien et Apres”
- April 27th BCPS (Baltimore County Public Schools) Virtual Dance Festival, Masterclass in Contemporary Dance For High School Students. Outreach for Coppin State University.
-February 11th Guest Class with Northern Michigan Universitys’ Choir on Performing with the Body and Opening the Body to Sound and Movement.
-Premier of Dance Film and Dialogue About Process February 26th through Coppin State University at 3pm. Link to Film Premier Here
Moderated by Dr. Edwin Hill Professor of French and Francophone Studies, American Studies and Ethnic Studies, USC
-Official selection of Montreal Independent Film Festival, Screening April 20th.
-Completion of blue, green dance film with Loren Earle and Kima Moore.
- Final musical composition production for Who Fears Not Death solo with musician Kimathi Moore.Two versions are being created a 20 minute version with and a 30 minute version with tire props and mise-en-scene.
-Premiere and Informal sharing of two dance films and solo dance work in excerpt. May 21st at 8 pm in a private beach location in Marquette, MI. Invite only for up to 30 people.
Please see trailer below-”Je Te Souhaites Du Bien et Apres…Is This What We are Looking For?”
Inherited Dreams #1 at INSAAC Abidjan, 2013 With Tche Tche member Flavienne Lago
Je Te Souhaites Du Bien ET Après…Is This What We Are Looking For?Choreography/Direction: Celia Weiss Bambara
Collaborators: Movement: Kayla Hamilton, Yacouba Badolo Videography: Jessica Ray, Ashli Bickford, Loren Earle Original Composition: Abou Bassa, Kimathi MooreVideo Editing: Jessica Ray
This work draws upon scores for an evening length work of the same title. Dance artists Jean-Luc Okou and Momar Ndiaye have assisted in the research process for this work as collaborators.
This contemporary dance project engages the thematic materials of how we treat others in society and suggests perhaps other ways of intertwining our worlds. Very often we say how we wish people well but turn a blind eye to their plight or to the lives of others in general. This work suggests then a way of seeing, hearing and speaking differently so as to break apart established ways of societal blindness or numbness. The work draws upon the ways that we are blind to those around us and presents an observation of the human condition. Due to the pandemic, selected scores from the evening length work, which was slotted to premier in 2020, have been made into a dance film. The CCBdance Project is indebted to our collaborators and mentors as well as to the Maryland State Arts Council. This project has been supported by the Maryland State Arts Council and through residencies at Ecole Des Sables (Senegal), Donko Seko (Mali), and the University of North Carolina, Asheville. Mentors Souleymane Badolo, Germaine Acogny and Kettly Noel have graciously offered feedback at different points in the process. Christian Bambara has also generously offered his support for this new work for the company.
Fall 2020 Celia will be in production for a solo dance film blue, green with Lauren Earle and Kimathi Moore. This work will respond to Celia’s Jewish identity and vision disability. We will adapt the original sound composition to new improvisational scores and somatic studies created in 2020.
This screen dance was researched in sites in Asheville, NC in 2019 and in Marquette, MI in 2020. The original score was created by Kimathi Moore was funded by a University of North Carolina Asheville Teaching Council Award in 2019 for musical collaboration during a production for dance minor students, which drew upon similar thematic materials. In 2020, Celia Weiss Bambara furthered the research process by improvising and engaging in somatic studies in sites in the small peninsula in Michigan where she lived between the ages of 2 and 12 roughly.
From the ages of 9-11, approximately, my mother would pack me off to Jew camp in Wisconsin for almost a month. There I lived on a kibbutz for children in army tents. While it was a wonderful experience on many many levels it was also challenging on other levels. Mainly, I was not as sophisticated as the big city Jewish girls. I found refuge though, in the small garden patch, singing everyday, New Hebrew learning, and the lake and in the outdoor temple services. We would sit outside in the woods and listen to lectures on god and nature, ethics, and community. The 11-year-old girl, that is still a part of me, with the long braids and uneven laugh, loved the lectures on Kabbalah and nature and the singing. This dance film working connects me to that partially blind 11 year old and my adult understanding and somatic studies of women’s connections to nature as a place of power, Jewish female identity, African dance practices, Diasporic links and refuge.
Film will be premiered in 2021.
Many years ago. As the CCBdance Project enters our 15th year of production and growth we are grateful for all of the dance experiences we have had and for the new growth to come as it may.