• October 15, 2016
  • 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm
  • California Institute of Integral Studies (unless otherwise noted)
    1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
    Workshops in Area 5
    Conversations at Desai | Matta Gallery
Add to Calendar 10/15/2016 12:00 pm 10/15/2016 4:30 pm America/Los_Angeles Amara Tabor-Smith: Conjure Art 101 Amara Tabor-Smith, a Workshop and Conversation: Dancing With the So Called Dead Performance Art Festival at CIIS California Institute of Integral Studies (unless otherwise noted)
1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Workshops in Area 5
Conversations at Desai | Matta Gallery
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Ticket Prices:

Workshop with Guillermo Gomez Peña: $100
All other workshops: $15 each
Keynote Speaker and Conversations with the Artists: Free (Please register.)


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12:00-3:00PM Workshop | 3:30-4:30PM Conversation with the Artist

Conjure Art 101: Mining the Guiding Spirit in Performing Art Practices
Is there a spirit or soul that guides your creative practice? If so, how do you identify that spirit and how do we propitiate these spirits to maintain harmony in our practice? When and how do we create boundaries with the spirit realm, when do we submit, and how do we address our own cultural authenticity and appropriation when working with systems outside of our own ancestral lineage? In Conjure Art 101, Amara Tabor-Smith guides workshop participants through her creative practice of Conjure Art - art making at the crossroads of spirit, art, and activism. Participants will engage in an embodied process of channeling their creative spirit guides through ritual and artistic practices, including durational movement, sound making, drawing, and writing. Drawing from Yoruba-Lukumí spiritual practices of calling forward ancestor spirits, we will engage in a process of connecting to those creative spirit guides that steer both our larger practices and specific projects. Note: You may experience altered states and be assisted by people you may not know.  No previous belief in god or spirit necessary, just a willingness to go on a journey.

Amara Tabor-Smith
describes her work as Afro Futurist Conjure Art. Her dance making practice, utilizes Yoruba spiritual ritual to address issues of social and environmental justice, community, identity and belonging. A San Francisco native and Oakland resident, she is the artistic director of Deep Waters Dance Theater and was the co artistic director of Headmistress, an ongoing performing collaboration with movement artist Sherwood Chen. Her work has been performed nationally and internationally and she is a 2016 recipient of the Creative Capital Grant. Amara teaches dance in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley. 

The MFA degree in Theatre–Performance Making is jointly offered by California Institute of Integral Studies (SF) and the University of Chichester (UK). Our core faculty is comprised of internationally recognized performance makers and scholars working across a wide variety of contemporary forms. We support emerging and professional artist/scholars who want to develop their work and artistic identity in the San Francisco Bay Area and internationally. We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2017.

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