Ashanti Harris is a visual artist, teacher and researcher, working with dance, performance and installation. Ashanti’s work focuses on themes of mobilities - the movement of people, ideas and things as well as the broader social implications of these movements, specifically in relation to the diaspora of West Africa and The Caribbean.
Ashanti's current research is concerned with the body as a repository of incorporated histories which are communicated through dance and movement practices. As part of her creative practice, she also works collaboratively as part of the collective Glasgow Open Dance School (G.O.D.S) – facilitating movement workshops, research groups and collaborative performances; and as co-lead artist for Project X – a creative education programme, platforming the dances of the African diaspora.
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Choreography and Play: Movement workshops
Delivered for the 1styear Fine Art undergraduate students at Glasgow school of Art, 2018.
Re-claiming the Mask: Workshop in Mask Making, Post-colonialism and De-colonisation
Delivered for the Project X Young Experts as part of their Future Proof Programme, in collaboration with National Theatre of Scotland. National Museum of Scotland, 2018
G.O.D.S Movement Workshops
Developed as part of the collective Glasgow Open Dance School, these workshops employ movement scores to question and play with how we can physically, collectively and individually be in movement, re-defining our relationship to space, our environment and each other.
Delivered for Circa Projects, Newcastle (2018 & 2019); The Common Guild Engagement culture within Scotlands’s diverse cultural heritage.
Let’s Move to More Visibility: Project X Symposium. Tramway, Glasgow, 2017
A one-day symposium exploring how dance and the performing arts sector in Scotland can develop to have a
programme, Glasgow (2018); Test Unit Summer School for Agile City, Glasgow (2018); The CCA School for Civic Imagination, Glasgow (2017). The Hunterian Art Gallery (2016) .
Concept Consultation and Research workshops
Collaborating with arts practitioners to develop concepts and texts to support performances, artworks and exhibitions.
Delivered for performance companies including V/DA, MHZ and Project X, all 2018.
Carnival Costume and Dance Workshops
Utilising an in depth knowledge of Carnival history, dance and costume making techniques, these workshops include the designing and making of carnival costumes and the development of dances for promenade or procession.
Delivered for Project X Young Company (2017 & 2018) & Friends of Romano Lav Childrens group (2016).
Emancipation Acts: Dance workshops learning the history of greater representation and support of practitioners who identify as Black or a Person of Colour (POC)
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Project X and Storyboard P: Speech Captions Body Language
Glasgow’s relationship with the Caribbean and West Africa
Delivered for members of the African and Caribbean Cultures organisation as part of their programme for the 2014 Common Wealth Games.
The Dances of the African and Caribbean Diaspora in Scotland: Transformation, Embodiment, Survival Strategies
Interactive Lecture, 2018
This talk explores the presence of these movement narratives within the work of Les Ballets Negres
(1946-1952), also known as the first black British dance company. Navigating the
transformational, survival strategies applied by Les Ballets Negres, this talk seeks
to understand how engaging with the work of this pioneering company can contribute
to a greater understanding of the role of West African and Caribbean diasporic Interactive/improvised performance and discussion as part of the festival Arika Episode 9: Other Worlds Already Exist, Tramway, Glasgow, 2017.
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