Spit My Story is a one-week creative residency for Chadian dancer and choreographer Taïgue Ahmed that runs Sept. 16-20 and includes master classes, workshops, talks, solo performances, discussions and receptions.
During the last decade, vital arts-based processes have emerged in Africa and in communities deeply scarred by wars such as in Chad. Innovative artists have successfully been using creative arts as an integral tool for promoting cultural growth and social change. One of the most compelling instances of this phenomenon is Ahmed, an internationally renowned dancer and choreographer who began in 2005 to hold dance workshops in refugee camps in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Forcibly recruited at the age of 22 by the Chadian army, Ahmed has experienced war and has made peaceful activism the heart of his work as a professional dancer and choreographer. Using the tools of dance to help refugees express and deal with the realities and difficulties of their lives, Ahmed is also employing the creative process of dance to raise awareness about issues such as HIV/AIDS, non-violence, women's rights, peace and conflict resolution.