Haleem Rasul (dance / choreography) & Hardcore Detroit
Franco Dhaka (dance / vocals)
E.Reid JIT Coalition (live music / production)
Mono Mukundu (guitar)
A synthesis of Zimbabwean jiti, Detroit ghetto tech, jit dance, jazz and funk, this performance is the culmination of a month long artist residency and exchange between dancer/choreographers Haleem “Stringz” Rasul of Detroit and Franco “Slomo” Dhaka of Harare, Zimbabwe, with musical support from SMTD students and alumni. The uncanny parallel in historical narrative and their similar dance styles exemplify the theme of interconnectedness in UMMA’s exhibition Beyond Borders: Global Africa, while the artists’ exchange engages the exhibition’s theme of hybridity and its dialogic approach to African and African diasporic arts.
The exhibition Beyond Borders: Global Africa will be open for browsing following the performance.
Organized by the Center for World Performance Studies, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies and the Zimbabwean Cultural Center of Detroit and presented in partnership with the SMTD@UMMA Performance Series. Co-sponsored by the African Studies Center, the Residential College, the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art.
Lead support for Beyond Borders: Global Africa is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Michigan Medicine, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the University of Michigan Office of Research, African Studies Center, and Department of Afroamerican and African Studies. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan CEW Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund and Susan Ullrich.
The SMTD@UMMA performance series is generously supported by the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund and the Greg Hodes and Heidi Hertel Hodes—Partners in the Arts Endowment Fund.