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FLASH: A New Choreography, UC Davis

Created by Granada Artist-in-Residence Qudus Onikeku

When: Thursday-Saturday, March 7-9 & 14-16 | 8pm
Sunday, March 10 & 17 | 2pm

Location: Main Theatre, UC Davis

General $17/19 Students
Children & Seniors $12/14

FLASH is a new work by Qudus Onikeku whose Yoruba culture-based choreography fuses movement philosophies of hip hop, capoeira and the Nigerian masquerade tradition, exploring themes of memory, identity and exile. He describes FLASH:

How do we attain Grace within the muffling burden of memory?

That simple state of vertical elegance and refinement that has given up all rigidity.

Is it in the dose of bliss or in the quality of consciousness?

To attain that beatific height of ecstasy called BLISS – or to go even further to rapture -

are we required to pass through the dizzying sensation of vertigo

that often ends in RUPTURE?

All becomes a FLASH

The LASH (of Torture)

The ASH (of Ruins)

The SH (of Hush)

The ​H (of Hydrogen).

They cease to be palpable, but gas.

FLASH is an attempt to speak about painful memories – the light that lingers after it flickers.

— Qudus Onikeku

FLASH opens on Thursday, March 7 and runs through March 17 in Main Theatre, Wright Hall.

There will be a question and answer session with Qudus Onikeu and Halifu Osumare, UC Davis Associate Professor and Director of African American and African Studies, following the performance on opening night.

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