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Gatekeepers/All that you touch, You Change
Fri, May 5, 2017, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
“Gatekeepers/All that you touch, You Change" is immersive dance-theater that explores the roles of artists in communities as everyday gatekeepers. A gatekeeper in a social system decides which of a certain commodity – materials, goods, and information – may enter the system. The gatekeeper’s choices are a complex web of influences, preferences, motives and common values. With transformational dance dialogue as the container, “Gatekeepers/All that you touch, You Change” seeks to unearth this web of influences, preferences, motives and common values from the perspectives of womyn choreographers of the African diaspora.
MK Abadoo Bio
Meghan K. Abadoo’s creative work exist at the crux of dance theater, racial justice organizing, and critical education studies. Combining Contemporary, West African and Funk dance styles, her choreographies build platforms for shared dialogue in support of transformative social movements. In 2017 she will premiere a new work commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and begin touring her award winning piece, Octavia’s Brood: Riding the Ox Home. As a 2016-2017 U.S. Fulbright Fellow, she recently conducted eight months of creative research at the Noyam African Dance Institute in Dodowa, Ghana, and with the National Dance Company of Ghana.
Prior to this period she performed for over a decade with internationally renowned dance companies and choreographers including Gesel Mason, Liz Lerman, Urban Bush Women, David Dorfman Dance and the Dance Exchange. As an educator, Ms. Abadoo is sought out for her keen ability to facilitate group learning as unique communities of shared wisdom, and embodied knowledge. She’s worked with students as a guest artist at the University of Maryland, Brown University, James Madison University, East Carolina University, Dickinson College and the University of Virginia.
She is a 2017 40 Under 40 awardee by Prince George's County (Maryland) Social Innovation Fund for her leadership and achievement in the arts. Beginning this summer, she will join the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) as an inaugural Visiting Arts Fellow in the Racial Equity, Arts and Culture Transdisciplinary Core at VCU's Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry & Innovation.