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MANCC Welcomes Okwui Okpokwasili

Published October 30, 2012

Okwui Okpokwasili Choreographic Fellow | October 29 – November 20, 2012

Work in Development: Untitled

Former collaborator in residence with Ralph Lemon, Okpokwasili returns to MANCC as a Choreographic Fellow. She will be developing a new work framed within both an oral storytelling tradition that recalls the griot of West Africa and Victorian gothic novels; a narrative of unraveling, through song, movement and reading written letters aloud.

Now in the early stages of development, Okpokwasili plans to explore the following thematic questions: assumptions and expectations that come with an “African” or “African American” subject/body, the possibilities of interchange between the performer and audience, how the performance space may be designed to reflect an intimacy that is inviting but slightly unsettling, and the ways in which she will attempt to build a one woman performance piece that interrogates the possibilities and the limitations of this particular framework. While in residence, she will utilize these research questions to generate the movement vocabulary and the score of songs and sound that will shape the world of the piece.

“Okpokwasili’s work is truly a testament to the power of a single performer on a stage. And there weren’t any gimmicks or shock tactics. There wasn’t any fluff or sequins. She is a solid performer making solid work. Simple as that.” – Her Circle Magazine


Informal Showing

Seating is limited. To make a reservation, please visit Okwui Okpokwasili’s MANCC webpage.

FSU School of Dance Forum
Montgomery Hall
Black Box Theatre
Wednesday, November 14th at 10:30 am

*Reservation Required
Please e-mail for questions. For reservations: wasili/.



The Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC), at the FSU School of Dance, is a choreographic research and development center whose mission is to raise the value of the creative process in dance.


Images: John Sann, Okwui Okpokwasili in “Pent-up: a revenge dance”