Onyekwere Ozuzu, University of Florida
Project Tool: The Infrastructure of an Ancestral Practice
Project Tool is a dance performance installation in which Ozuzu has been building a collection of sprung wood dance floors with a team of collaborators. What is learned physically, emotionally, and conceptually in the process of building has become the material used to craft the performance. This project stems from Ozuzu’s fascination with the inter-relationships between body, task, and tool. The act of building this floor explores the use of tools as if they are partners in a dance with the body. This project carries on through the bodies of project participants through the skills and know-how to make the floors upon which we dance and the opportunity to channel that practicality into our artistic practices. Project Tool offers us the opportunity to stand strong in the embodied fact that we can literally build our own platforms.
Onye Ozuzu is a performing artist, choreographer, administrator, educator and researcher currently serving as the Dean of the College of the Arts at the University of Florida. Since 1997, Onye has been presenting choreographic work nationally and internationally at venues such as Seattle Festival of Improvisational Dance (WA), Kaay Fecc Festival Des Tous les Danses (Dakar, Senegal), La Festival del Caribe (Santiago, Cuba), Lisner Auditorium (Washington, D.C.), McKenna Museum of African American Art (New Orleans, LA), and danceGATHERING (Lagos, Nigeria). Recent work includes “Touch My Beloved’s Thought,” a collaboration with composer Greg Ward and “Project Tool,” a work supported by the Joyce Foundation, Chicago Dancemakers Forum, and the National Performance Network Creation Fund. She facilitates work in a group improvisational score, The Technology of the Circle.
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