Dance Your Roots with Ofelia Balogun

Sat 9 Dec 2023
Ofelia Balogun dancing on stage at Porthcawl Pavillion
The Successors of the Mandingue as part of our Dathliad Cymru-Affrica workshop programme bring you Dance Your Roots with Ofelia Balogun thanks to the Arts Council of Wales.
Dance Your Roots is a practise that aim to hold a space where introspection and embodied symbology can be explored trough movement.  Listening to our bodies and what it is has to say is an important tool to navigate our world. It can be a good advisor when we explore boundaries, our concept of being grounded, fluidity and resistance, communication and inner narrative.
The exploration of the four elements: undulation, vibration, grounding and isolation aim to rediscover the body -space, weight and musicality – to navigate between Afri Diasporic Dance of the Caribbean Heritage and contemporary* and dance theatre techniques.
The deconstruction of its foundation like polymovement, polycentrism, narrative, intention, concept of rituality and ancestralism are at the core of this experimental conversation.
The definition of Contemporary Dance here:
If contemporary means considering what is happening now in our life and around us, in our story in connection with history, we can define this workshop contemporary. Contemporary here is meant the recognition of other realities that are happening at the same time and we, only, have the power to decide what to give attention to.
Core values & Intention
* Moving from (Recognizing) What We Are instead of on What We Want to Be
* Moving to find connection instead of separation
* Moving to deepen our being rooted
* Moving to connect our stories to History as an act of action to the common Humanity
* Moving because we have an ability to respond to the Call (Respons-ability)
To book email:
Please bring with you :
• Notepad and a pen
• Clothes to keep you warm • Water
• Read Core & Intention
Ofelia Balogun :
IG Ofeliabalogun