Theorizing dances of the African diaspora: With Dr. Funmi Adewole Elliott


Live on CIUT 89.5 FM

Airing Date: August 24, 2022
Hosted By: Nicole Inica Hamilton

Featured Guest(s): Dr. Funmi Adewole Elliott

On this episode, our guest Dr. Funmi Adewole Elliott shares on the practice of dance requiring it’s own philosophical discourse, theorizing dances of the African diaspora in the professional context, and Africanic esthetics in choreographic practice. Dr. Funmi presents at the YENSA Festival occurring August 13-28, 2022. For more information visit

About Dr. Funmi Adewole Elliott:

Funmi Adewole Elliott is a performer, dramaturge and academic. She started out as a media practitioner in Nigeria and moved into performance on relocation to England in 1994. For several years she toured with African dance drama and physical theatre companies. Her credits include performances with Horse and Bamboo Mask and Puppetry Company, Artists-in-Exile, Adzido Pan-African Dance Ensemble, and The Chomondeleys, a contemporary dance company. As a dramaturge she works mainly with theatre-makers and choreographers who draw on Africa and diaspora forms or who are interdisciplinary in focus. ‘Funmi has a MA in Postcolonial studies and a PhD in Dance studies. She received a life-time achievement award in 2019 from One Dance UK for contributing to changing perceptions of the Dance of the African Diaspora. She is presently a senior lecturer in Dance at De Montfort University, England. | Instagram: @funmiadewolee

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