Mar 13th 2018

Embodying Diaspora: Rumba

@ Arts Incubator

301 E Garfield Blvd, Chicago, IL 60637

Opening Tuesday, March 13th, from 6:30PM - 8PM

On view through Tuesday, March 13th

Embodying Diaspora is a monthly dance workshop series that centers on Afro-diasporic movement traditions led by Arts + Public Life / Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture Artist-in-Residence Arif Smith and his guests. Smith’s residency prioritizes embodiment and co-presence as strategies for exploring linkages between various coordinates in the Black Atlantic.

Rumba | March 13 | ages 16+
First documented in the 19th century, rumba is a secular genre traditionally performed by Cubans of African descent in the streets and solares (courtyards) of Havana and Matanzas. There are three traditional forms of rumba: yambú, guaguancó, and columbia. This workshop will focus on guaguancó, a dance style that embodies the dynamic courtship between the hen and rooster.

All workshops are free and open to the public. All skill levels are welcome. Kizomba, Rumba and Rueda de Casino workshops are recommended for guests ages sixteen and older. Please wear comfortable clothes.

About Arif Smith:
Arif Smith is a multidisciplinary artist and educator. His performance and video-based work centers on diasporic citizenship and African-rooted performance practices, exploring notions of blackness, co-presence, and marronage. Smith received his BA from Oklahoma State University. He also participated in the performance studies graduate program at Northwestern University. Additionally, Smith has curated exhibitions and symposia at Williams College and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA). He is currently a member of Bomba con Buya and serves as program manager at Changing Worlds.

Workshop Schedule:
Kizomba | Tuesday, February 13 | ages 16+
Rumba | Tuesday, March 13 | ages 16+
Orisha | Tuesday, April 10 | all ages
Rueda de Casino | Tuesday, May 8 | ages 16+
Bomba | Tuesday, June 12 | all ages
Eskista | Tuesday, July 10 | all ages

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Questions? Contact Nikki Patin at

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Presented by Arts + Public Life and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture.

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