Trans.Mutation

Transmutation

Trans.mutation- An immigrants’ journey through consciousness

 An expression of self discovery uncovering the deep layers of internalized oppression, colonization and the complex contradictions of imposed social identities. Transmutation is expected to occur by unleashing the energies of epigenetic traumas inflicted through systems of oppression by transforming it.

Presented by Uzo Nkem Nwankpa featuring Solidarite Sympa

When: Sat Oct 28, 2017 @ 4:30 PM
Where: Private Residence 3530 W. Milton Rd Tucson, AZ 85746
Cost: $10-20 Donation.
Buy event ticket on Eventbrite using this link
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/transmutation-an-immigrants-journey-through-conciousness-tickets-38636381457

Uzo Nwankpa is from the Eastern part of Nigeria, West Africa. An Igbo woman following her call of duty passed on to her from a long line of ancestral healers. Since the age of 5, she has been dedicated to sharing the power of indigenous healing practices through the art of music and dance. As a performer, student and teacher, she has toured countries in North America, Europe, Australia and Africa. She is the founder of the Uzo Method Project – A Public Health Solution. This program was developed to enhance, restore and rejuvenate the health of communities across the globe.

Dance & Drum of Nigeria, West Africa & Beyond! 2015

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Come by and celebrate with community the power of preserving indigenous cultures of Africa in America.

https://www.facebook.com/events/626290614165704/

Schedule:

DRUM
Saturday Febrary 7 2:00-3:30 pm

DANCE
Monday February 9 7:00 – 8:30 pm

DANCE
Thursday February 12 7:00 – 8:30 pm

DRUM
Friday 2/13
5:00 – 6:15pm

DANCE
Friday 2/13 6:30 – 8:00 pm

DRUM
Friday 2/13
5:00pm- 6:15pm

Price per class: $15 / Students: $10
Drum rental $5
Group rates available
Trade for work available too

Join Akeem Ayanniyi and Uzo Nwankpa for four unique classes in the art of Nigerian and West African inspired dance, rhythm, culture and tradition. Experience the energy and vitality of African culture through dance and music, shared by two extraodinary artists.

Live drumming, no dance or drum experience necessary, all levels welcome! Ideal for all ages. Wear comfortable clothes, shoes optional.

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/african-dance-drum-workshops-tickets-15388443248

Akeem Ayanniyi leads Agalu. The “Ayan” prefix of Akeem’s name Ayanniyi, indicates that he descends from a family lineage that can be traced back 700 years to the Yoruba deity ofdrumming, Ayan Agalu. As the ninth generation of his family to play the traditional Yoruba talking drum, Akeem, is from the Western Nigerian town of Erin Oshun near the historic art center of Oshogbo.He has been performing since the age of five and has, as a performer and teacher, toured much of Africa as well as Germany, Brazil, Sweden and the United States. Akeem settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1993 and founded Agalu in 1998. http://www.agalu.com

Uzoamaka (Uzo) Nwankpa is from the eastern part ofNigeria, formerly known as Biafra. She migrated to the United States and has continued to promote health and wellness through movement. She developed a program called the Uzo method project which facilitates healing through the indigenous sounds and movements of her country. She is a descendant of an all time award winner of the Atilogwu dance (specific to Iwollo town) competition of the Eastern Region of Nigeria Mazi Emmanuel Nwankpa. http://www.theuzo.com

Overcomer Dance- A community Healing event

I am honored to continue my journey in life through dance. Dancing is something that brings stillness to my mind. Dancing helps me grow, heal, and survive.

I was asked to help coordinate the Flash Mob to the Overcomer Song by Mandisa in Tucson AZ. The song is very empowering and I jumped on the opportunity. On jan 8th 2011, 17 people were shot and 6 people died. One of the survivors is former congress woman Gabby Giffords. On Wednesday Jan 8th 2014, we remembered the victims and survivors of this tragic event at El Presidio Park downtown Tucson through the flash mob. There were multiple classes held in the community, hospital, high school and YMCA. People committed to learning the moves and they showed up to dance.  I was excited to join a team of wonderful visionaries that made this all happen. It was a success. Check out the video and photos from the event.

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On Jan 11th, the Beyond Tucson event asked for more and I taught the community the dance. including the Mayor of Tucson Jonathan Rothchild and his wife.

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Check out the video

We also got some press coverage

http://www.tucsonsentinel.com/arts/report/010814_overcomer/video-flash-mob-dances-overcomer-mark-jan-8/

http://azstarnet.com/gallery/news/local/photos-beyond/collection_6f68746e-7b08-11e3-a949-001a4bcf887a.html#8

http://azstarnet.com/gallery/news/local/photos-beyond/collection_6f68746e-7b08-11e3-a949-001a4bcf887a.html#11

Nigerian Drum and Dance Workshop in AZ

 

Nigerian Drum and Dance Tucson AZ Jan 2014

Photo by Jade Beall

Monday 1/27/14
Song and Dance 7pm

Tuesday 1/28/13
Flagstaff Arts & Leadership Academy
3401 N. Fort Valley Rd. Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Dance @7pm

Thursday 1/30/14
Dance @ 7pm

Friday 1/31/14
Drum @ 5pm
Dance @ 6:30pm

Sat 2/1/14
Drum @ 6:30pm

$15/class
$10 student discount

No drum and dance experience necessary.

Drum Class:
Akeem Ayanniyi is the ninth generation of his family to play the traditional Yoruba talking drum. He is from Erin Oshun near the historic art center of Oshogbo in Nigeria. He has been performing since the age of five and has toured much of Africa as well as Germany, Brazil, Sweden and the United States as a performer and teacher.

www.agalu.com

Dance Class:
Uzo Nwankpa is from Enugu in Southeast Nigeria, She is an Igbo woman educating communities on the history of the country, how Igbo style dance “Egwu Igbo” continues to evolve across the continents and the various techniques of Igbo style dance. Uzo emphasizes the importance of healing through music and movement and uses this medium to facilitate her dance classes

Hope to see you all there

Uzo

Bollywood with Kiran & African Inspired movements with guest artist Uzo

Kiran and Uzo are doing it again. There is an undeniable synergy between both of their styles of movement.

If you have not checked out Kiran, you are in for a treat. She brings her charisma,knowledge and skills into fostering a loving, safe and energizing environment at her classes.

Check her out at http://kirane.yolasite.com/

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Uzo wll be teaching contemporary African inspired movements to the class. We will be working on Coupe Decale, Soukouss, Azonto and Afro Pop moves.

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Come out and dance with us.

Monday Dec 9th @ 5:15pm

3838 E. Fort Lowell Rd, #2,
Tucson, AZ 85716-1731

(Ft. Lowell and Alvernon, next to Rendez-vous Restaurant)

See you there:)

Uzo Method Project @ First Fit Saturday Tucson AZ

This winter is HOT with community healing events all over Tucson.

This Tucson community in AZ continues to thrive for lifelong wellness and ofcourse WE are here to support the community bringing balance to health and illness. We will be facilitating community engagement at  Healthy South Tucson’s First Fit Saturday: A Victory Party!

SO after the wonderful Family Fitness Fest, we will be headed to South Tucson to continue the wellness excitement. Come join us in some dancing, movement, music and community building. Image

Hope to see you all there.

Keep moving.

Uzo

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