jumatatu m. poe is a choreographer and performer based between Philadelphia and Durham (USA) who grew up dancing around the living room and at parties with their siblings and cousins. jumatatu’s work continues to be influenced by various sources, including foundations in those living rooms and parties, early technical training in contemporary African dance and continued study of contemporary dance and performance, and sociological research of and technical training in J-sette performance with Donte Beacham.

Engaging in dialogues with Black queer folks, jumatatu creates lovingly agitating performance work that recognizes History as only one option for the contextualization of the present. In March 2022, jumatatu will undertake a residency in Leeds, exploring and considering landscape, the environment and indigenous dance practises and connecting with the city’s various ecologies. There will be opportunities for people across the city to engage with jumatatu’s residency as part of organised walks, sharing of practise, and via a short documentary film – keep checking the website for details.

Residency commissioned by Transform, with the support of Leeds 2023. Supported by Yorkshire Dance, Northern Ballet, and RJC Dance.

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