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The Rozsa Presents: Naila Ansari's Movement of Joy

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Saturday, October 1, 2022, 7:30 pm

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Run time TBD | General admission seating | Public welcome


Naila Ansari dances to a live performance of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" by Drea D'Nur featuring Malcom Parson


The Movement of Joy is an ongoing practice aimed to amass joy testimonials that meditate on remembering and understanding the movement histories that live in our physical bodies through performance, film, writing, archiving, and oral traditions.

Witness the joy of Black women and a host of multidisciplinary artists who will create movements, songs, and poetry, from the stories shared by these women. We will close with an immersive experience of community joy.

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A native of Buffalo, New York, Naila Ansari (she/her) is an award-winning choreographer, director, and performing artist. She is a distinguished MFA graduate from the University at Buffalo in Dance and a Cum Laude undergraduate of Point Park's Conservatory of Performing Arts Program. Ansari is an original and former principal dancer for the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble. The company was named “Top 25 Dance Companies to Watch” in Dance Magazine for the 2012-2013 season, featured at Jacob's Pillow and SummerStage NYC at Central Park. Ansari has danced and performed works for the legendary Lula Washington Dance Theatre out of Los Angeles, CA. She has had the privilege of dancing works by Robert Battle, Kyle Abraham, Camille A. Brown, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Sidra Bell, and Trebien Pollard, to name a few. Ansari's choreography has been set on a host of colleges, universities, professional theatres, and commercial projects.

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This program/lecture is supported by the MICHIGAN ARTS AND CULTURE COUNCIL and the NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.

This program/lecture is partially funded/sponsored by the Visiting Professor Program which is funded by a grant to the Office of the Provost from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.

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