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stiltwalker Naya El takes an enormous step on green grass in front of patchy brick wall. She is wearing a flowing blue jumpsuit, and the stilt legs stick out about a foot or two at the end.

Intercultural Journeys: Naya El

  • Date: July 10, 2019
  • Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Wednesday, July 10 at 7pm

Stilt dancer Naya El soars 12 feet high in this vivid and thoughtful 12×12. It’s a simple formula: Performance, artist talk, and question and answer sessions all in 12 minute blocks, adding up to an intriguing hour exploring an artist’s practice. Exploring how stilt dancers and women create and take up space in the world, Naya uses her unique art form to illuminate artistic process, redefine habits and ritual, and celebrate the shaking and awakening of a body in motion.

$12 General Admission. Sliding scale tickets available.

Naya is a Jamaican stilt dance performer and social artist who enjoys exploring moments that transcend resistance and bask in liberation. Naya has studied physical theatre and performance at Drake University and has continued her studies at Wise Fool New Mexico, Dance & Performance Institute, Trinidad & Tobago, and Pig Iron. Her work has been featured in Dance USA’s “Passport Travel Through Resistance”, SUPERObject’s “Birth”, and Black Quantum Futurist’s “Black Bodies as Conductors of Gravity.”

Presented in partnership with Intercultural Journeys

This event will take place in a space that is accessible via wheelchair. ADA accessible bathrooms will be available nearby, as well. We’re happy to make accommodations for guests with mobility limitations. Large portions of our 50+ acre botanical garden can be explored via wheelchair, though some of our woodland paths should be used at your own discretion. If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out ahead of the event.