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Durham, NC

Photo by Tayarisha Poe

Makini (jumatatu m. poe) is a choreographer, performer, and video atist based between traditional lands of the Tutelo-Saponi speaking peoples and lands of the Lenape peoples who grew up dancing around the living room and at parties with their siblings and cousins. Their early exposure to concert dance was through African dance and capoeira, and their “formal” dance training began in college with Umfundalai, Kariamu Welsh’s contemporary African dance technique.

Their work continues to be influenced by various sources, including foundations in living room parties, technical training in contemporary African dance, a continued study of contemporary and anatomy, and the sociological research of and technical training in J-sette performance. Through their artistic work, Makini strives to engage in and further dialogues with Black queer folks, create lovingly agitating performance work that recognizes History as only one option for the contextualization of the present, and encourage artists to understand themselves as part of a larger community of workers who are imagining pathways toward economic ecosystems that prioritize care, interdependence, and delight.

Creative Administration Research (2021-2023)

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