2020 Gathering: Diasporic Dis/Locations

Afro-Feminist Performance Routes is a focused residency that continues urgent embodied dialogues around African diaspora dance practices and gender, femininity, womanhood, femme, and feminisms.


Diasporic Dis/locations:

the politics of




and moving against the nation-state


2020 Schedule

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM | RAC 234

Luciane Ramos Silva: Contemporary Dance History


6:15-7:45 PM | RAC 224

African Technique

Rujeko Dumbutshena


7:45-9:15 PM | RAC 224

African Repertory

Jade Power Sotomayor



Thursday, February 20, 2020 

10:05-11:20 AM | RAC 201 

Dr. Halifu Osumare: “Hip-Hop in Urban America”


1:25-2:40 PM | RAC 201

Dr. Halifu Osumare: “Beginning Dunham Technique & Philosophy”


3:05-5:45 PM | SLIPPAGE LAB RAC 202

Luciane Ramos Silva: Afro-Brazilian Workshop


4:40-6:10 PM | RAC 224

Lena Blou: Modern Technique


4:40-6:10 PM | RAC 201

Yanique Hume: African Technique



Friday, February 21, 2020

10:00-11:30 AM | RAC 224

Sephora Germain: Advanced Ballet


4:00-5:00 PM | RAC 224

Shared Workshop #1



Saturday, February 22, 2020

9:00-10:00 AM | RAC 224

Shared Workshop #2



10:30-11:00 AM | VON DER HEYDEN

Luciane Ramos Silva: Keynote


11:30 AM-12:30 PM | RAC 131

Dr. Halifu Osumare: Writing Black Dance Memoir: Telling Your Personal-Professional Story


1:30-2:30 PM | VON DER HEYDEN

Afro-Feminist Performance Routes Panel Roundtable



Sephora Germain: Performance 


Organized in convergence with the fourth biennial Collegium for African Diaspora Dance Conference (CADD), “Fluid Black: Dance Back,” this third iteration of Afro-Feminist Performance Routes will feature a series of workshops, discussions, performance, practice, pedagogy, and philosophy, for our increasingly precarious times.

Hosted by SLIPPAGE@Duke and supported by Duke’s Global Enhancement Fund, the FHI, the Duke Brazil Initiative, and Duke Dance. 

All events are Free and Open to the Public on February 19, 20; To participate in events on February 21 and 22, Please register for CADD.


  • Lena Blou (Guadeloupe) – Dancer, choreographer and teacher who has created the dance technique called Tekni’ka, Lena directs her Center of Dance and Choreographic Studies (CDEC) located in Pointe-à-Pitre.
  • Rujeko Dumbutshena (Zimbabwe/US) – Dancer, choreographer and teacher of what she terms “neo traditional” Zimbabwean dance technique, Rujeko Dumbutshena teaches and performs throughout the U.S. and recently received her MFA from the University of New Mexico.
  • Sephora Germain (Haiti) – Leading female contemporary Haitian dancer (one of the very few) with an international performing career, Sephora also has a local commitment to teaching in Port-au-Prince.
  • Yanique Hume, Ph.D. (Jamaica/Cuba/Barbados) — Associate Professor of Caribbean Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Yanique is also President of KOSANBA (the Scholarly Association for the Study of Vodou), and a professional dancer/choreographer who works through Afro-Caribbean sacred forms.
  • Jade Power Sotomayor, Ph.D. (Puerto Rico/U.S.) – Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance at UC-San Diego, Jade’s work engages Latinx performance in relation to the politics of race, ethnicity, remembering and community. Jade also teaches and performs Bomba.
  • Halifu Osumare (USA) – Dr. Halifu Osumare is Professor Emerita in the Department of African American and African Studies (AAS) at the University of California, Davis. She has been a dancer, choreographer, arts administrator, and scholar of black popular culture for over forty years. With a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, she is also a protégé of the late renowned dancer-anthropologist Katherine Dunham and a Certified Instructor of Dunham Dance Technique.
  • Luciane Ramos Silva, Ph.D. (Brazil) – Dancer, choreographer, educator, anthropologist, and cultural organizer based in Sao Paolo, who works in a mode she calls “Diaspora Body” bringing West African and Contemporary Brazilian movement modes in conversation. Luciane also edits one of Brazil’s only Black culture publications, O Menelick2Ato.

Afro-Feminist Performance Routes is Convened by

Dasha A. Chapman, Mario LaMothe, Thomas F. DeFrantz, Andrea Woods Valdes, and Ava LaVonne Vinesett.