Modupúe | Ibaye: The Philadelphia Yoruba Performance Project

Intercultural Journeys

2017
$80,600

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Kùlú Mèlé African Dance and Drum Ensemble performing Yemaya, 2014. Photo by Jaci Downs.

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Lela Aisha Jones, Plight Release in the Diasporic Body: Jesus and Egun, 2016. Photo by Scott Shaw.

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Alex Shaw, musicians, and dancers performing The Mandinga Experiment, 2016. Photo by Aidan Un.

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Arthur Hall as Obatala. Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Folklore Project.

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Egungun procession, 2014. Photographer: Toni Shapiro-Phim.

Intercultural Journeys’ Modupúe | Ibaye: The Philadelphia Yoruba Performance Project will join community historians, artists, and spiritual and cultural practitioners in an exploration of the history and contemporary expressions of Yoruba-rooted practices and their role in shaping Philadelphia’s social and cultural landscape. 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. Intercultural Journeys will collaborate with the Village of Arts and Humanities, which will serve as a laboratory site for the discovery and archiving process and will help identify participants from its North Philadelphia neighborhood for a series of story circles and artist-led workshops. Select participants will also engage with visiting artists, including theater artist Omi Osun Joni L. Jones and movement artist Barak adé Soleil, during week-long residencies that will inform the vision and design of culminating events, which may take the form of processionals, storytelling events, or Yoruba song and drum circles.