A Voices of Community residency including workshops, performances and school engagement.
In this significant time in which we must collectively try to understand the nature of our diversity, Sandglass is excited to have the opportunity to bring Amirah M. Sackett into our community for a series of workshops and performances! Amirah will give a master hip-hop class on Friday, May 11th at 6:30 at the Sobo dance studio, all levels are welcome. Public performances of “We’re Muslim, Don’t Panic”, are Saturday May 12th at 2pm and 7:30pm.
Amirah’s dance addresses not only what it is to be Muslim, but also what it isn’t. And her work offers an intersection between contemporary forms and cultural, religious, and gender identity. Amirah will be in residence under our Voices of Community series made possible by the National Performance Network and a partnership with Southern Vermont Dance Festival. Make sure to reserve your tickets for both the Master Class and public performances at the Sobo Studio as seating is limited.
The hip-hop group “We’re Muslim, Don’t Panic“ was conceived of by dancer Amirah Sackett in 2011, a moment Sackett referred to as “a really tumultuous time in history as far as Islam is concerned.” Determined to shift the terms of the conversation, she teamed up with dancers Iman and Khadijah to create WMDP, a three-woman performance group that executes flawless hip-hop numbers in niqab and high-tops. “I wanted to flip the script,“ Sackett told Bust Magazine. “I wanted to educate others and reflect the beauty that I know and love in Muslim women. Yes, there are oppressed women in the Muslim world. Women are oppressed the world over. These are our mutual struggles.” Amirah will be performing a solo version of the program, which will include a discussion with the artist, and a question and answer session.
This event is sponsored by Sobo Studio, Brattleboro School of Dance, and Windham Movement Apparel. Thanks to Windham Regional Career Center Dance Program and The Putney School for partnering to provide exciting workshops throughout.