Adji Cissoko & Shuaib Elhassan of Alonzo King LINES Ballet
Adji Cissoko grew up in Munich, Germany where she trained at Ballet Academy Munich. Cissoko attended the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre in New York City on full scholarship, before joining the National Ballet of Canada in 2010. In 2012 she was awarded the Patron Award of Merit by the Patrons’ Council Committee of The National Ballet of Canada. Cissoko joined LINES Ballet in 2014.
Shuaib Elhassan from Manhattan’s Lower East Side, began his formal dance training at The Ailey School under the co-direction of Tracy Inman and Melanie Person on a full scholarship. Elhassan has also trained at intensives such as Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts, Jacob’s Pillow, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Elhassan was a member of Complexions Contemporary Ballet during their 2012- 2013 season. Additionally, Elhassan has performed with Life Dance Company, Zest Collective, Dance Iquail, and the Von Howard Project. Elhassan joined LINES Ballet in 2014.
Dinner w/ Chef Bryant Terry
Bryant Terry is a James Beard Award-winning chef, educator, and author renowned for his activism to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system. He is currently in his third year as Chef-in-Residence at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco where he creates programming that celebrates the intersection of food, farming, health, activism, art, culture, and the African Diaspora. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, and All Things Considered among many other publications. In December 2017 San Francisco Magazine included Bryant among 11 Smartest People in the Bay Area Food Scene. A year earlier, Fast Company included Bryant among 9 People Who Are Changing the Future of Food.
Bryant’s fourth book, Afro Vegan was published by Ten Speed Press/Random House April 2014. Just 2 months after publication, Afro-Vegan was named by Amazon.com one of the best cookbooks of 2014. That December it was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the Outstanding Literary Work category.
Bryant presents frequently around the country as a keynote speaker at community events, conferences, and colleges. He lives in Oakland, CA with his wife and their two daughters.
Call to Dance: Senegal
Dance is developing in abundance throughout our modern world, with new forms born locally then broadcasted widely. Dances are then adapted, mixed, and re-interpreted in a dynamic process of cultural exchange and infinite creativity. The regain of prominence of traditional dances, which are preserved with pride and passion, is a part of this culture and influences globalization. Developing dances are becoming hybrids through these meetings and discovery that blend modernity and tradition.
The role of body movements in each society reflect a certain state of the world. Dance can have a social message, be transgressive, express some ancestral cultural behavior, or the simple need to feel the music and slip into a trance-like state. L’Appel à la Danse seeks to capture the beauty in danced moments, painting portraits of individuals all over the world who express their need to dance.
First stop: Senegal.