Naimah Kisoki (New York, New York) is the Artistic Director/Founder of Living And Breathing Con/Temporary Dance. She earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree through the Liberal Education for Arts Professionals program (LEAP) from Saint Mary’s College of California.
Over the 17 years of her performance career, Mrs. Kisoki danced with Eliot Feld’s Ballet Tech, Arthur Mitchell’s Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Gazelle national touring cast of the Broadway production The Lion King. She has also danced with American Repertory Ballet, Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, Collage Dance Collective and Urban Ballet Theater as a quest artist.
Kisoki has danced choreography by George Balanchine including: The Four Temperaments, Serenade, Concerto Barocco, Agon and Apollo. Other choreographers she has interpreted include Sir Frederic Franklin, Goeffrey Holder, David Parsons and Michael Smuin.
Her television credits include CBS’s “Fashion Rocks” 2007 performance with recording artist Rihanna. She has also performed with recording artists Luis Miguel and Missy Eliot in music videos and print.
Additionally, Kisoki has taught/choreographed for Step 1 Dance & Fitness (Sacramento,CA), Sacramento State University of California, Charlotte Ballet Academy (Charlotte, NC), Open Door Dance Studios (Charlotte, NC) and North West School of the Arts (Charlotte N,C).
“Made You Look” is a combination of short original pieces that deal with how our community is dealing with issues around social justice. The piece will capture the powerful dignity we inhabit in the space of public protest, silent protest and civil disobedience. Utilizing classically trained ballet dancers, the company will perform contemporary choreography to music that reflects urban culture. This work is being created to respond to the current climate in our country and more specifically in our city. As a people we are forced to recon with discipline, organization and defiant refusal. Blending dance, spoken word, art, and fashion this work aims to highlight urban community through multiple lenses. “Made You Look” sets out to promote awareness of our diverse community, and action toward perseverance toward a brighter tomorrow.
Performs at: Rabbit Hole
Friday, April 28 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 29 at 5:00 pm
Sunday, April 30 at 5:30 pm
Tickets are $10