LiveArts in Resistance (LAIR) Virtual
**Ancestral Knowledge, Art and Resistance**
Featuring CK Ladzekpo
In this time of COVID and amidst powerful calls for racial juastice, EastSide Arts Alliance and NAKA Dance Theater are launching the next series of 5 presentations in collaboration with World Arts West.
On September 22, 2020, join us for a conversation between Anne Huang, Executive Director of World Arts West and CK Ladzekpo.
CK Ladzekpo, PhD, is the director of the African Music Program at the University of California, Berkeley. His is a distinguished career as a performer, choreographer, composer, teacher, and published scholar in the African performing arts. He is a member of a renowned family of African musicians and dancers who traditionally serve as lead drummers and composers among the Anlo-Ewe people of southeastern Ghana in West Africa. He has been a lead drummer and instructor with the Ghana National Dance Ensemble, the University of Ghana’s Institute of African Studies, and the Arts Council of Ghana.
He joined the music faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, in 1973 and continues to be an influential catalyst of the African perspective in the performing arts. Awards include two choreographers’ fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Irvine Choreographer's Fellowship, and the Ruth Beckford Extraordinary People in Dance Award. He has been a member of the faculty council of the East Bay Center for Performing Arts since 1974. CK served as the co-Artistic Director of the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival for 12 seasons.
This event will be streamed live on Facebook!
Sign Language interpretation by Christine Nakahara and Eboni Gaytan.
HAVEN is a cultural media production and distribution initiative for housing justice aimed at local Bay Area voters. It is a project of EastSide Arts Alliance conceived by artist-activist Ryan Austin (RyanNicole).
HAVEN engages local artists, media makers, experts, and leaders in the field to share their perspectives, experiences and testimonies on housing justice. Through the creation and distribution of social justice media, HAVEN invites members of a community to radically imagine more just neighborhoods and cities.
We know that traditional campaign messaging can shift voter behavior for short-term electoral wins. HAVEN hopes to use cultural media from popular and trusted artists to shift voter values and sentiments towards long-term and comprehensive, equity and justice actions and voting. Our supposition is that if popular media propagates songs, shows, fashion, and art that asserts a “brothers/sisters keeper” message, it will lead to a cultural shift towards collective caretaking, encompassing fair and equitable housing, education, medical care, etc.
On Sunday, November 1st at 5pm PST HAVEN premiered a special video project by Bay Area Artists for Housing Justice.
Full Length Video To Come