Children's Program:
Orixa Dance Movement
Movimento das danças dos orixás

 

Introduction

This workshop introduces new ways of thinking about history, cultural identity, the body, movement and memory. Each session is focused on movements of one Afro-Brazilian orixá. The orixá are primarily Yoruba spirits associated with natural forces. They were carried to Brazil and other countries throughout the new world by forced laborers from West Africa (esp. Nigeria, Togo, and Benin) during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Slavery in Brazil was largely driven by sugar production and lasted from approx. 1501 to 1888.