C.V.

photo by Craig Bortmas

Education

2012 – current              Ph.D. Africana Studies, The Ohio State University Department of African American and African Studies, Columbus, Ohio

2008 – 2010                 M.F.A. Dance, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

2004- 2007                   B.A.  Human Ecology, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine

2001 – 2003                 International Baccalaureate, Li Po Chun United World College, Hong Kong

Certificates

2010                            Certification in Teaching Elementary Labanotation & Bartenieff Movement Analysis, Patty Delaney, Southern Methodist University, Texas

2002                            British Council Certification in Teaching English as a Second Language, Hong Kong

2002                            Playback Theatre Certificate, Jo Salas & Veronica Needa, Hong Kong

Scholarships and Awards

2012 – 2013                University Fellowship for graduate studies, The Ohio State University Graduate School

2008 – 2010                 Meadows Fellowship, Southern Methodist University

2007                             Belkin Art Award, College of the Atlantic

2004 – 2007                 Shelby Davis Fellowship, College of the Atlantic

2001 – 2003                 United World College Merit Scholarship

Publications

2010                            Novel: Baobabs in Heaven.

Conferences

2018                             National Association for Ethnic Studies (NAES) paper presentation – ‘Bodying Against an Anti-Black Modernity: Contemporary African Theatrical Dance and the Black Subject.’ Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia.

2013                             Dance Studies Association (CORD/SDHS) paper presentation – ‘Gesturing From The Deathzone: contemporary African dance (CAD) as political intervention in the inertia of colonial perceptions in discourse on African subjectivity’, UC Riverside, California.

2014                             Dance Studies Association (CORD/SDHS) paper presentation – ‘Bodying the Afrocentric: articulating a classical African meta-physical to deepen corporeal discourse’, Iowa University, Iowa.

Teaching Experience

2017 Fall                     GTA, lecture course – Debates in African American Studies

2014 – 2015 Fall         GTA, Instructor, lecture course – Dance in the History of American Popular Culture: Embodying American Identities Ideas and Cultures, The Ohio State University Department of Dance, Ohio

2013 – 2014 Fall         GTA, studio course, – Contemporary Dance, The Ohio State University Department of Dance, Ohio

2011 Nov- 2012 Jul    Instructor, Choreography & Composition, Tumbuka Dance Company, Harare

2011 Nov- 2012 Jul    Instructor, Choreography,Improvisation,Contemporary Dance, Dance Foundation Course, Dance Trust of Zimbabwe, Harare

2011 Spring                Guest Lecturer, Contemporary Ritual Dance, College of the Atlantic, Maine

2011 Winter                Guest Lecturer, Contemporary and African Dance, Stephens College, Missouri

2009 – 2010                GTA, Contemporary African Dance, Southern Methodist University, Texas

2005 & 2006               Instructor, Literature and Computers and Design Breakthrough Collaborative, Florida

2003 Summer               Director’s Assistant & Instructor – Graphic Design as ESL, Summerbridge/Breakthrough Collaborative, Hong Kong

2001 – 2003                 Instructor, English as Second Language, Summerbridge /Breakthrough Collaborative, Hong Kong

Administrative Experience

2004 – current              Founding Director, Ndini Wako Collaborative, Zimbabwe

2018 Spring                  GAA, The Department of African American and African Studies, The Ohio State University.

2016 – 2017                 GAA, The Hale Black Cultural Center, The Ohio State University.

2016 – 2017                 GRA to Dr. Devin Fergus, The Department of African American and African Studies, The Ohio State University.

2015 – 2016                 GA, The Kirwan Institute for Race and Ethnicity, The Ohio State University

2015 – 2016                 GA, I Am My Brother’s Keeper Program, The Ohio State University

2011 Nov- 2012 Jul     Artistic Director, Tumbuka Dance Company, Harare

2009 – 2010                  Administrative Volunteer, The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Texas

2008 – 2009                  Teaching Assesments, Big Thought teaching organization , Texas

Artist Teaching & Residences (K-12)

2014 Summer              Guest Artist-Instructor, studio course, – Gestural Theatre and Recycled Art, Opera House Arts Summer Arts Camp, Maine

2012 Jan                      Workshop facilitator, lecture demonstration series, – Dance in Schools workshop, Ministry of Education teachers, Harare

2011 Apr                     Guest Artist, creative workshop, – Dance and Storytelling, Mount Desert Elementary School, Maine

2011 Mar                    Guest Artist, Improvisation and CompositionBooker T Washington High School for Performing Arts, Texas

2010 Jul                      Artist Residency, Gestural Theatre and Recycled Art, Opera House Arts camp, Maine

2010 Jun                      Instructor, ‘Michael Jackson Musical’ Camp, The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Texas

2009                            Instructor, African Fusion Dance, Big Thought arts program, Texas

2008 Jun – Aug           Instructor, Contemporary African, Dance Foundation Course, Zimbabwe

2008 Jun – Aug           Instructor, Outreach DTZ, Jairos Jiri School for the Disabled, Zimbabwe

2008                            African Fusion Workshop, Brooksville Elementary, Maine

2007                            Instructor, Art, Summer Festival of the Arts, Maine

2007                            Artist Residency, REACH performing arts center, Mounst Desert Elementary Shool, Maine

2006                            Instructor, Literature, Breakthrough Collaborative, Florida

2005                            Instructor, Computers and Design, Breakthrough Collaborative, Florida

2003                            Instructor, Art, Breakthrough Collaborative, Hong Kong

2001 – 2003                 Volunteer teaching, English as Second Language, Hong Kong elementary schools, United World College, Hong Kong

Master Classes

2012 Nov                    Workshop series, Rhythmic Movement, Feverhead Dance Studio, Ohio

2011 Mar                    Improvisation and CompositionBooker T Washington High School for Performing Arts, Texas

2011 Feb                     Contemporary African dance, Missouri Valley College, Missouri

2010 Jun                      Contemporary African Dance, Happy Nia Dance Theatre, Texas

2010 May                    Contemporary African DanceDallas Black Dance Theatre, Texas

2010 Apr                     Contemporary African DanceDance For the Planet, Texas

2010 Mar                    Contemporary African DanceCollins College, Texas

2008 Jul                      Contemporary Dance, Tumbuka Dance Company, Zimbabwe

Select Additional Training

2006-current        Capoeira, Capoeira Volta do Mundo, Mestre Beck, Maine; Capoeira Carioca, Instructor Bode, Ohio; Capoeira Folha Seca, Harare

2011                    Decolonial Theatre, Patrice Niambana, Dance Trust of Zimbabwe, Harare

2009                   Théâtre d’objet, Michel Laubu, Les Subsistance Festival, Lyon, France

2007                    Butoh-fusion dance technique, Yuko Kaseki, New York Butoh Festival, Japan Society, New York

1999-2003           Seidokan Okinawan Karate, Shihan Jimmy Mavenge, Shihan Paul Danisa, Harare

Select Choreography

2015 Jun                      ‘Blue Rwanda: Gesture Study’, 8 female dancers, music by Kahil El Z’abar Ritual Trio, Stephens College, Missouri

2014 May                    ‘I Would Adorn Her’, female solo, performed by Emily Collizoli, Barnett Theater, The Ohio State University

2012 Jan                      ‘Teargas Anthem for Ernesto’, 8 dancers, music by Tawanda and voice by dancers, Tumbuka Dance Company, Zimbabwe

2010 May                    ‘Inheritance: Dunhu reMhondoro’, 6 dancers, music, video and Max MSP programming by Tawanda, Southern Methodist University, Texas

2010 May                    ‘Blanco Never Cried’, 7 dancers, music by Tawanda, Southern Methodist University, Texas

2008 Jul                      ‘We Came’, 12 dancers, music by Brent Lewis, Dance Foundation Course, National Ballet, Zimbabwe

2006                            ‘Color Me Africa’, 13 dancers, College of the Atlantic, Maine

2005                            ‘Ngano Nhatu: Three African Tales’, 18 dancers, music by Tawanda, Criterion Theater, Bar Harbor, Maine

Select Performance

2018 Mar                     Rita Dove’s ‘The Darker Face of the Earth’, play reading, directed by Rita Dove & Tom Dugdale, Bowen Theatre, The Ohio State University

2013 Feb                     ‘Rituals of Identity’, collaboration performed with CoCo Loupe and Nicole Garlando, Feverhead Studio, Ohio

2012 May                    ‘Digression in the Fourth Movement’, solo, music and video by Tawanda, Harare International Festival of the Arts, Zimbabwe

2012 May                    ‘Between the Lines’ with collaboration between Tumbuka Contemporary Dance and Dunia Dance (Belguim/Sierra Leone) Harare International Festival of the Arts, Harare

2012 Apr                     ‘Mother & Snake,’ installation performance, Tapfuma Gutsa’s Mulonga visual art exhibition, Harare Polytechnic Institute, Harare

2011 Mar                     ‘Weekend Festival of Black Dance’, solo repertory, The Black Academy of Arts & Letters, Texas

2010 Oct                     ‘Jampact @ The BathHouse’, with Jampact Jazz Ensemble, Texas

2010 Oct                     ‘Visualizing Music’, educational performance with Camarata Dallas, Texas

2010 Aug                    ‘Quarryography’, site specific performance with Apogee Arts, presented by Stonington Opera House Arts, Maine

2010 Apr                     ‘BL @DMA’, installation performance with BL Lacerta, Dallas Museum of Art, Texas

2010 Jan                      ‘Ban the Tal’, by Maryam Baig, Project X, Texas

2009 Dec                     ‘Bach, Britteny, Bigger Banjo’ by Renana Raz (Israel), University of Texas, Texas

2009 Oct                     cross cultural collaboration Meadows World Music Ensemble, directed by Jamal Mohammed, Southern Methodist University, Texas

2009 Oct                     TEDx SMU, movement and sound improvisation performance, BL Lacerta, Southern Methodist University, Texas

2009 Aug                    ‘Q2: Habitat’ environmental performance, directed by Alison Chase, Apogee Arts and Stonington Opera House Arts, Maine

2009 Jul                      Mark Dendy’s ‘Goldenbelt’, site specific installation, American Dance Festival, North Carolina

2009 Jul                      Mark Dendy’s ‘Can you please rephrase your answer in the form of a question’, site specific piece, American Dance Festival, North Carolina

2007 May                    ‘Devil’s Apron’, solo, Schoodic Arts, Maine

Select Art Exhibitions

2016 Feb             solo exhibition, ‘City of Oracles’, William H. Thomas Gallery, Ohio

2010                    video installation ‘Inheritance and Dead Skin’, joint exhibition, Denton Center for the Arts, Texas

2007 Nov            solo exhibition ‘Red’, Schoodic Arts, Maine

2007 May            installation ‘Gesture’, Blum Gallery, College of the Atlantic, Maine

2005 May            solo exhibition ‘Downset’, Blum Gallery, College of the Atlantic, Maine

2003 May            joint student exhibition, profits donated to the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Li Po Chun United World College, Hong Kong

Digressions (ongoing series of experimental dance film compositions)

2012                            Digression #7: Worded Night, movement by Nicole Garlando and Smokey, sound, camera and edit by Tawanda

2011                            Digression #6: Premonice – Teargas Anthem For Earnesto, movement sound, camera and edit by Tawanda

2010                            Digression #5: Body Voice, sound by BL Lacerta, camera and edit by Tawanda

2010                            Digression #3: Stone & Mist / Preparing, movement by Grace Barlow and Tawanda, sound, camera and edit by Tawanda

2009                            Digression #2: Inheritance & Dead Skin, movement sound, camera and edit by Tawanda

2009                            Digression #1: A Gestural Study, movement sound, camera and edit by Tawanda

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