Kùlú Mèlé African Dance and Drum Ensemble performing Yemaya, 2014. Photo by Jaci Downs.
A workshop led by master teacher and theatrical jazz artist Omi Osun Joni L. Jones invites the community to reconnect with authenticity and selfhood through movement, truth-telling, and collaboration. Yoruba is a language, culture, spiritual practice, and artistic philosophy, with origins in Nigeria and Benin and a performance practice that includes dance, song, drumming, and storytelling. As a part of Intercultural Journeys’ Center-supported Modupúe | Ibaye: The Philadelphia Yoruba Performance Project, the workshop explores themes of vulnerability, life challenges, embodied stories, family history, and intention.