Love & Lan{d}guage- A fundraiser evening of community art, music and poetry 

 

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When:Saturday Jan 16th 6:30pm- 8:30pm Where: Bellamys Gallery495 Portobello Rd, Macandrew Bay, Dunedin New Zealand

Donation: $5.00

You are invited to attend the arts exhibition, poetry and music fundraiser at the Bellamys Gallery in Macandrew Bay.

Eventfinder link here

Come gain some insight on the behind the scenes of Dunedins very own 2015 recipient of the Caroline Plummer community dance fellowship. Sharing her paintings, music and poetry that captures her journey from Africa, to the Americas landing in Dunedin. This event includes various collaborations including Singer song writer Kira Hundelby, Bongo Lion, King Leo’s very own Stevie Rice, Wyeth Chalmers and more. The funds raised for the art sales will support Uzo’s journey to continue to research the effects of community music and dance on wellbeing.

Come prepared to make art and engage in co creation by the community.

For more information please contact Uzo at nwankpa@gmail.com

Nga Maia ki Tamaki Makaurau

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NAU MAI HAERE MAI KI TE HUI A NGA MAIA KI TAMAKI MAKAURAU 

KAUPAPA FOR OUR NEXT HUI 

WHERE: NZCOM Auckland Region Resource Centre,

Yarnton House, 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak, Auckland

WHEN: Wednesday 9th December 2015, 1800 – 2130 

1800 – 1930 

Committee meeting and regional business hui

Nga Maia ki Tamaki Makaurau members welcome

1930 – 2130 

Regional hui and guest speaker presentation

All midwives, students and whānau welcome

Christmas Hui – Highlights of 2015, looking forward to 2016 and special end of year Guest Speaker 

UZO NWANKPA 

MSN-PH, BSN, RN and 2015 Caroline Plummer Fellow 

“The Uzo Method for Therapeutic Movement, Song and Dance”

Please bring a plate of kai to share

Enquiries to

Megan Tahere: 027 3669358 or Kaniwa Kupenga: 021 02891937

African Inspired Music and Dance Workshop/Performance in Auckland NZ

You are Invited 

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Friday Dec 4th 2015 7:30pm

You are invited to an interactive performance of music, dance and stories featuring Uzo Nwankpa the founder of The Uzo Method of therapeutic movement song and dance. With combination of live Drumtalk and vibrant dance with the Freedance crew, an evening of delightful energy. We will serve light refreshments. We will serve big love. It’s only 15/20 on the door. See you there.

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Workshop

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Sunday Dec 6th 2015 2pm

This 2 hour movement and percussion workshop provides the opportunity to experience the healing power of the ancient African rhythms with a unique style of guided facilitation using ritual practices, songs and dances from Nigeria, West Africa and beyond. Participants will bring awareness to the integration of the mind, body and spirit which we all need to stay connected The crippling fear that prevents the natural state of the dancing body will be explored with ease allowing a gentle progression of the dance movements with the use of the vibrations of the drums. Come and experience self transformation facilitated by Uzo Nwankpa, a global figure who is merging ancient knowledge with innovation in collaboration with Drumtalk.

For booking call Jimmy Dale at 846 9663 or 021 123 2037

$20 when you book in advance by Nov 28th. $30 at the door. http://www.drumtalk.co.nz

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I am Here, We are Here- A Community performance by the 2015 Caroline Plummer Fellow

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I am Here, We are Here – A performance by the 2015 Caroline Plummer Community Dance Fellow Uzo Nwankpa and the Dunedin community members. Directed by Jessica Paipeta Latton.

When: Wed 25 Nov 2015, 5:30pm–6:30pm

Where: Allen Hall Theatre, 90 Union Street East, Dunedin

Tickets : http://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2015/i-am-here-we-are-here/dunedin

Bringing African music and dance as mental, spiritual and physical medicine for wellbeing, Uzo Nwankpa works with community members to tackle the grief of postnatal isolation, depression and anxiety due to hormone changes and lack of support. With live music, text and choreography, I am Here, We are Here, is a tribal celebration of the power of motherhood, sisterhood, dance and community. Limited seating available. RSVP immediately by reserving a free ticket http://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2015/i-am-here-we-are-here/dunedin

This is a part of the Moving Communities Conference on 25-28 November 2015 hosted by the School of Physical Education, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. For more information about the conference, visit www.otago.ac.nz/moving-communities/index.html

Community Theatre and Dance -Open Cast Workshops and Performance Dunedin

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Workshop Dates and Times starting 14 Oct 2015

Wednesdays at 5:30pm -7pm & or Fridays at Noon -1:30pm

2 Sundays before the show

University of Otago School of Dance  Dunedin,New Zealand

665 Cumberland Dance Studio 

RSVP by Oct 13th 2015. For more information, contact 

Jessica Latton akeake@actrix.co.nz or Uzo Nwankpa nwankpa@gmail.com

Reflections and gratitude- The journey of the 2015 Caroline Plummer Dance Fellow

My welcome message at the Auckland airport
My welcome message at the Auckland airport

I am finally here in Aotearoa!!!!!

I am ecstatic about this moment. I remember when I was informed  about this fellowship and I thought to myself ” This is perfect for me and I must go for it”  and then the self doubt began. Am I good enough? What about my full time job? What about my living arrangements? Would they care for what an African woman living in the U.S has to say? Would they care that I am not a trained classical dancer? Would they care that I am not a stick figured dancer? What if they don’t understand my accent? Are there black people there? (this was before I found out the meaning of black in Aotearoa is different from  where I live). I pushed through all the doubts and moved  forward  with the application. The application process was much simpler than I had expected. I had to send in a proposal about what I planned on doing through a paper and an unedited video. I had so much anxiety around making the video. I looked through youtube and could not find any previous winners of the fellowship posted. I had one week left to go before the deadline and no video. A friend suggested the interview style I used which made it less nerve racking and it worked. I had sent in numerous proposals  which all got rejected so why would this time be different?  sent it in with crossed fingers hoping they wouldn’t judge all the background noise and my hair (its a black girl thing to be worried about the perception of the hair). It was less than perfect but because of the timeline, I sent it in anyway. I prayed that it would be selected. I envisioned myself jumping up and down from hearing the good news. Once it was submitted, the anxiety dissipated and all I had control over was my mantras, visualizations and positive thoughts.  

On June 26th 2014, I received an email that stated Great news, I’m pleased to advise that you have been shortlisted for the Caroline Plummer Fellowship for 2015. Your application will be considered by the full board in mid-July. We will be in contact with you again following the boards consideration of the short-listed applications”. I was ecstatic!!!! I prayed, mediated and envisioned the possibilities of this opportunity. In July 2014, I received a phone call from the Dean of the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences personally to notify me that I was the chosen recipient. I of course dramatically fell on the floor from shock of the great news and was in shock the rest of the week. It’s been almost a year since I received the initial information and since then, the press release went out, I notified my friends and family, left my full time nurse consultant job,  and I have moved to a foreign country. I am here in Dunedin NZ reflecting on how I got here to this moment. Six months seems like hardly enough time to accomplish the work I have set out to do researching the effect music and dance has on mothers and babies. I hope that I am able to connect with the right people, learn what needs to be learned, honor and respect the people of the land and be present in the precious moments that are yet to come. Stay tuned for more of my reflections.
In gratitude
Uzo