Performance Pedagogy® is a curriculum-based arts integration theory and methodology that uses performance as an education, self-development and evaluation tool. The performing arts (music, dance, and theatre arts), arts therapies and educational psychology are integrated with traditional academic subjects with the intention of teaching through performance. As an intergenerational and empathy-driven transformational strategy, it is designed for personal, social and academic enlightenment.
Performances: highlight the rich historical and cultural information reflecting the heritage of African Americans. A study of African American music and the culture from which it emerges, serves as a powerful teaching tool for those seeking a broader, more inclusive understanding of American history and and how it has shaped the current cultural zeitgeist. Curriculum guides are available for the workshops that may accompany each performance (1 or 2 day options).
Programs empower participants with positive personal and global insight that deepen levels of understanding of American history and its impact on its citizens and the world. Curriculum guides and workbooks are available and may accompany each performance (1 or 2 day options).
Speaking Engagements explore topics that underscore the power of the arts, culture and history as tools for personal examination and evolution – and for social change. Multimedia presentations are designed to engage, educate, and shatter barriers.
Artist Residencies offer new ways of thinking in alignment with the organizational missions. The work reflects the important role the arts play in balancing human existence – smoothing the edges of our daily interactions, and rounding out our evolution from the quotidian and materialistic to a world that is meaning and purpose driven. Incubators for productivity, forging relationships, finding inspiration and developing funding sources, artist residences are designed to engage, educate, and shatter barriers.
History, Dunham and Dance – Unwrapping the Legacy:
A Multimedia Experience
University Honors Program – Tenney Distinguished Lecture Series Southern Illinois University, November 2015
Interactive and experiential, this performance illuminates the life story of Katherine Dunham, one of America’s first 20th Century African American female superstars. Dr. Marguerite Mariama, who studied with Ms. Dunham, uses video excerpts, curated photographs, voiceover narration, dance – and both recorded and live music performances to tell the story of this internationally acclaimed dancer, anthropologist, author, social activist, TV, film and movie star. The performance fills in some of the missing pieces of American history while also considering the roots of the socio/political and cultural upheavals that plague the country today. Curriculum guides and workbooks are available for the workshops that may accompany each performance (1 or 2 day options). Also, a one or two semester course option – 20th Century American Superstar: Katherine Dunham, Life Lessons, Legacy and DANCE! is also available.