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New Work: Performances
Florinda Bryant, Sade Jones, Natasha Mevs-Korff, Wura-Natasha Ogunji
Thursday, June 14, 7:00 PM

Performer Information

Sadé M. Jones is currently a dancer at Ballet East and a psychology M.A. candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. A native of Brooklyn, NY, she received most of her training in different NYC dance classes including those of Alvin Ailey and the Broadway Dance Center. While an undergraduate at William Smith College, she minored in Dance and Social Justice. During this time, she performed works of the Afro-Caribbean dancer and choreographer, Chris Walker and represented her school at ACDFA. During her junior and senior years, Jones went to Minneapolis to join the Ananya Dance Theatre becoming part of their touring cast. With 13 years of dance training, Jones' fierceness emerges when she uses dance to communicate an agenda for social change.

 

Florinda Bryant is an interdisciplinary artist and educator who has worked with Theatre Action Project since 2005. She has been working with at risk youth for over ten years. Some of her favorite performances include Delta Dandi, Love Conjure Blues, HUSH, The Three Cuckholds, and Murder Ballad Murder Mystery. Her one-woman show Half-Breed Southern Fried Check One was produced as part of the Performing Blackness Series at UT that was directed by Laurie Carlos.  Bryant  also directed and performed in America Love Out of Context, as part of the BAM Festival with Pro-Arts and the Late Night Series at Pilsbury House in Minneapolis. Bryant is a member of The Austin Project, sponsored by The John L. Warfield Center For African and African American Studies, UT at Austin (CAAAS) and has directed their annual performances for the past 4 years.

Sadé M. Jones is currently a dancer at Ballet Afrique and a psychology M.A. candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. A native of Brooklyn, NY, she received most of her training in different NYC dance classes including Alvin Ailey and Broadway Dance Center. As an undergraduate of William Smith College, she minored in Dance and Social Justice. During this time, she performed works of Afro-Caribbean dancer and choreographer Chris Walker and represented her school at ACDFA. During her junior and senior years, Sadé went to Minneapolis to join the Ananya Dance Theatre becoming part of their touring cast. With 13 years of dance training, Sadé's fierce-ness emerges when she uses dance to communicate the social agenda of her people.

Natasha Mevs-Korff is a singer, a dancer, and a lover of many things. Originally from Puerto Rico, she has performed in Wura Natasha-Ogunji’s by a quiet sea, and one hundred black women, one hundred actions. When not at work, she enjoys gardening, swimming, and riding her bike, and on her playlist you will find a lot of salsa, cumbia, and samba. Mevs-Korff has also worked and volunteered with several organizations in Austin including Alma de Mujer- Center for Social Change, P.O.D.E.R. and Growing Roots.  She recently received her B.A. in Geography and Latin American Studies from The University of Texas at Austin in December 2011, and is now working for the Population Research Center as a Research Interviewer.

Wura-Natasha Ogunji is a visual artist and performer.  Her works include videos in which she engages her body in explorations of movement and mark-making across water, land and air.  Ogunji is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Dallas Museum of Art’s Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Travel Grant and has exhibited as an Artist in Residence as part of the National Performance Network’s Visual Artist Network. She has participated in residencies at Can Serrat in Spain and Altos de Chavon in the Dominican Republic and has received grants from the Idea Fund and The Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Ogunji’s performances include There are drummers coming for me (Women & Their Work), One hundred black women, one hundred actions (Fusebox Festival), and most recently ‘Will I still carry water when I am a dead woman?’ which she performed in Lagos, Nigeria.  Ogunji has a BA from Stanford University (Anthropology) and an MFA from San Jose State University (Photography).  

 

Women & Their Work is a Partner of the National Performance Network (NPN).  This project is made possible in part by support from the NPN Performance Residency Program.  Major contributors include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency).  For more information:  www.npnweb.org.