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“Tokoliana” is a contemporary African dance work inspired by the Congolese experimental music group KOKOKO!'s song "Tokoliana" meaning "we are devouring each other" in Lingala. This song is a reference to the daily struggle and greed that has engulfed the country. Their powerful message is met with an upbeat track that also captures the hope and optimism of the people. Taking the lead from KOKOKO!, this dance work uses upbeat tracks combined with vigorous African-inspired dancing to juxtapose the bluntly spoken text concerning the harsh truths of America. This work aims to capture the hope and ancestral connection infused in the Black community.

Art Installation 

 

This art installation aims to grasp the spiritual energy connected to Black people. Each structure is made from gold rings- gold being a prestigious metal signifying wealth and luxury. There are three different-sized rings to represent the divine trinity. The rings, adorned with green, yellow, and red flowers along with black African masks, represent the colors of the Pan-African or Black Liberation flag. The selected colors truly capture the make-up of the Black community: red for the violence/ sacrifice, yellow for the optimism/ rebirth, green for the spiritual growth, and black for our skin. These colors are represented through flowers as a way to give homage to our ancestors.

Choreography and Art Installation by Indya Childs 

Dancers:

Dia Adams

Danni Clark

Malia Craft

Charray Helton 

Dom Kinsey 

Kaela Lawrence

Adrienne Abdus- Salaam 

Jordan Steve

Support for the development of Tokoliana was provided by Dance Canvas and Atlanta Contemporary. 

Photography by CreativiTEA

Performance Dates:

September 11, 2021 at 6:30pm

Dance Canvas + Atlanta Contemporary Summer Choreographic Residency

Location: Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

535 Means Street Northwest

Atlanta, GA 30318

PURCHASE TICKETS 

September 18, 2021 at 6:00pm

Peace One Day with Can I Color Now Studios and Cherish Dance

Location: Aatma Dance Studio 

3308 Laventure Dr, Ste 170

Atlanta, GA 30341

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$15 IN PERSON/ $10 VIRTUAL

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October 17, 2021 at 3pm

ELEVATE Atlanta- "A Dance, Reunited" 

Location: Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

535 Means Street Northwest

Atlanta, GA 30318

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

October 24, 2021 at 3pm

ELEVATE Atlanta- The Praise House Project - Preview Event by Charmaine Minniefield

Location: South- View Cemetery

1990 Jonesboro Rd SE

Atlanta, GA 30315

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

October 29 & 30, 2021 at 8pm

ELEVATE Atlanta-  Zachary Todd + Artists presents "In the Face of Fear"

Location: B - Complex

1272 Murphy Ave SW

Atlanta, Ga 30310

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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