NKU welcomes interdisciplinary artist-scholar Tawanda Chabikwa


Tawanda Chabikwa, guest artist-in-residence at Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts (SOTA), presents a community engagement event considering the intersectionality of African dance and human ecology in the performing arts. In collaboration with NKU’s Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, the interactive talk and demonstration will take place on Wednesday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. in NKU’s Greaves Concert Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Tawanda Chabikwa is an interdisciplinary artist-scholar whose work revolves around black and African dance practices, practice-based research and creative collaboration. Current research and creative practice investigates the choreographic practices of transnational African artists, contemporary African theatrical dance, African religions/spiritualities and philosophies, decolonial pedagogies and embodied research methodologies. Tawanda’s interdisciplinary academic and creative efforts have led to collaborative encounters, including think tank initiatives, educational practices, performance installations, visual art exhibitions and presentations.

Mr. Tawanda holds a master’s degree in dance from Southern Methodist University and a doctorate in African studies from the Department of African American and African Studies at Ohio State University. He works with storytelling, performance art, visual art (2017 exhibition at the William H. Thomas Gallery in Columbus, OH) and creative writing (first novel Baobabs in Heaven published in 2010). Currently, he is an assistant professor at the University of Texas at El Paso, working in both the theater and dance department and the African American studies program.

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