March 13, 2020

To be listened into speaking

To be listened into speaking

Date(s) - Friday, March 13, 2020
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Northampton Center for the Arts

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to be listened into speaking, Jamila Jackson’s MFA Thesis Concert and Exhibit

Performance: Friday, March 6th at 7pm, Flex Studio, Northampton Center for the Arts 33 Hawley Street. Tickets are sliding scale: $0-$19 [Youth/Students/Limited Income] $20 [General] $26+ [sponsorship rate]

Exhibit: Opening reception March 13th at the Northampton Center for the Arts 33 Hawley St. Free. Exhibit runs March 6th – April 24th. March ANO: to be listened into speaking opening reception

This project marks the launch of The Embodied Leadership Project’s (ELP) Community Dance Program. The exhibit and performance explore the Dance Program’s curriculum, which exists in a legacy of turning to African Indigenous wisdom as a resource for building inclusive, diverse, and empowered communities. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

This concert and exhibition are being presented as part of The AFROmation Festival, a project by Jamila Jackson and Shakia Johnson in collaboration with the Center for the Arts, Five College Dance, and the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought. The work of these Black women artists and educators in the Connecticut River Valley explores the intersection between affirmation, feminism and the rhythm and movements of the African Diaspora.

The festival is open to all, and is designed to spark meaningful conversation and experiences and build diverse and inclusive community between Five College and community college students, staff, and faculty, and community members throughout the Connecticut River Valley.


to be listened into speaking, Jamila Jackson’s MFA Thesis Concert and Exhibit (information above)

The Intelligent Black Woman, Shakia Johnson’s MFA Thesis Concert

Saturday April 11th at 7pm, School for Contemporary Dance and Thought. Tickets $15 at the door.

This concert work presents Choreographer and Five College Dance Professor Shakia Johnson’s MFA Thesis research. Her research focuses on the intersections of Black Women, social dancing, education, religion, African History linked to the U.S., all elements of Hip Hop culture, and specifically female pioneers within Hip Hop and Jazz era culture.

AFROmation Conversation, hosted in collaboration with the Five College Dance Department

Tuesday April 21st, 6-7:30pm, Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St. Free.The public is invited to witness a dialogue between Shakia Johnson, Jamila Jackson and several undergraduate dance students/scholars that will explore the relationship between affirmation and feeling within manifestations of Black dance and culture.