Green Festival Speakers

Adia Tamar Whitaker



Adia Tamar Whitaker is a professional dancer/choreographer from the BayArea. Her current artistic work focuses on NeoFolklore of the AfricanDiaspora. She is dedicated to preserving the past, present and futureof the African presence in the New World.
Since2000,Adia and her company Ase Dance Theatre Collective (Brooklyn, NY) havepresented work that links contemporary modern dance, originalvernacular movement, and traditional dance theater from the AfricanDiaspora toconceptual ideas in the human experience. Her belief that all forms ofAfrican drum and dance facilitate a process of spiritual awakeninginspire her to create rich and transformative art that uplifts thesoul.
Adia and her Bay Area dance family will perform Freedom an excerpt from her newest dance theater work Ampey!.

ADIA TAMAR WHITAKER,artistic director of Ase Dance Theatre Collective, graduated from SanFrancisco State University with a BA in Dance. Ms. Whitaker is a formermember of Group Petit La Croix and has performed AfroHaitian dance inthe U.S. and abroad for 13 years. She has been teaching master classesand workshops in AfroHaitian Dance since 2006. Adia completed theProfessional Division U.S. Independent Studies Program at the AileySchool (2001), was Choreoquest Resident Artist @ Restoration DanceTheater (2004), a Ford Foundation Special Initiative for Africa GrantRecipient (2004), an Urban Bush Women Apprentice (2005), and a MaggieAllesee National Center for Choreography @ FSU Creative Entry PointChoreographic Fellow (2006). She was also a choreographer and touringcast member of Scourge, a choreopoem written by Marc Bamuthi Joseph,featuring choreography by Rennie Harris and Stacey Printz. Scourgetoured in the U.S. and abroad for two years. In 2008, Adia performed inthe premier of Beauty the Beast(S.F.) written by Delina PatriceBrooks.

Adiahas received grants from the Jerome Foundation (2008), The PuffinFoundation (2008), the Hip Hop Theater Festival (2008) and BrooklynArts Council (2007). Most recently, she received a Theater Bay AreaCA$H Grant to premier her newest work, Ampey! in the counterPULSEPerforming Diaspora Festival (S.F. 2009).

Herwork has been featured (OffBroadway) in Oberons Macbeth (NYC 2008),the International Dance Festival (NYC 2002) and several other nationaland international dance festivals. These include Dance and the ChildInternational (Kingston, JA 2009),First Saturday's at the BrooklynMuseum of Art (NYC 2008), City Parks Foundation Summerstage at Von KingPark (NYC 2008), The African Caribbean Concert at FAMU and TCC,(Tallahassee, FLA 2008), The Living Word Festival at Dance Mission (SanFrancisco, CA 2007), Summer of Love at The Whitney (NYC 2007), VDay atthe BMA (NYC 2007),Spring Dance Festival @ Stadsschouwburg (Utrecht,Holland 2007) ; Lantern Venster (Rotterdam, Holland 2007), FestivalDe Liege (Liege, Belgium 2007), Festival De Les Pyrenees (France,Spain, ; Germany 2002), EMoves at Aaron Davis Hall and HarlemStage (NYC 2006, 2009), The Museum of Natural History (NYC 2006)and theIABD Dance Conference at Symphony Space (NYC 2006).

Adiahas also been presented by the Caribbean Cultural Center (NYC 2007,2009), Arts Connection (NYC 2006 ; 2007, 2008, 2009), Thelma HillPerforming Arts (NYC 2002, 2005, 2008), Dancing in the Streets (NYC20022007), NYC Hip Hop Theater Festival (NYC 20052007), CommunityWorks (NYC 20052008), The Kitchen (NYC 2004) and the Schomburg Center(NYC 20032005). Ms. Whitakers fulllength work includes;

Shugaculuwata (NYC 2004)
A 90minute multimedia dance theater piece that discovers the mirror between Hip Hop Culture and Vodou.

The Truth About Medusa (NYC 2008)
A 90minute multimedia dance theater piece that investigates the African origin and mythology of Medusa.