Law, Mariama Kancou
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This document explores the research and inspirations behind TIDES, a dance performance that employs a cyclical structure to incorporate personal experiences of Ama Law, the choreographer and director, as well as the cultural ancestry of its cast of thirteen women of African descent. Law shares her approach to developing TIDES that includes an anthropological perspective to investigate the personal histories of her cast and concepts of historical revisionism to bring awareness to black women on stage. This paper utilizes Knowledge (an important element of hip hop) as a methodology that brings healing to communities. Law also highlights stories of women in urban dance and histories of the African, modern and urban movement styles used in TIDES (Vogue, Chicago house, Dunham technique, movement from West African countries and more).