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AfroSolo Arts Festival 17
Performance for Peace
Festival Gala Performance
Sunday, August 8, 3-5:30 pm (Reception to Follow Performance)
African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street, SF)  map

AfroSolo hosts this exciting multicultural, cross-cultural, and intercultural performance showcase in which actors, dancers, musicians, poets, and performers representing different cultures and backgrounds emphasize the bonds that we all share in performances highlighting compassion, understanding, joy, and peace. Performers include: Colette Eloi, Paco Gomes, Genny Lim, Raymond Nat Turner, and Dr. Brenda Wade.


Colette Eloi
photo Steve Savage
Paco Gomes
photo Weidong Yang
Genny Lim
photo Bob Hsiang
Tsering Bawa
photo Andy Nozaka
Raymond Nat Turner
Dr. Brenda Wade
Colette Eloi performs SHE (an excerpt from A Voudoun Opera), a theatrical dance work exploring a modern day African American woman's struggles in society and her peaceful resolution as the result of a mysterious visit from an activist who participated in Haiti's Revolution against the French. AfroSolo Artistic Director Thomas Robert Simpson directs.

Eloi is the Artistic Director of El Wah Movement, which presents Haitian and African Diaspora Dance. Her emphasis is on Haiti, the native land of her parents. As a dancer/choreographer Eloi has performed nationally and internationally.




Paco Gomes performs PEACE, IS IT POSSIBLE? It speaks of one's desperate attempt to discover the secret to a world free of conflict, a world of eternal peace. It explores how we use our differences as a form of protection and ponders what would happen if we focused on our similarities that outweigh the differences. The work also features Denise Wallace.

Gomes is an acclaimed dancer, choreographer, musician and teacher from Bahia, Brazil. He has studied folkloric and religious dance since his childhood, specializing in Orixa, Capoiera, and folkloric working dances from slavery. He is known for infusing modern with Afro-Brazilian folkloric dance.




Genny Lim performs an excerpt from Where is Tibet?, a passionate look at the legacy of China and Tibet's shared history from the eyes of a Chinese American. Lim explores their current conflicts as manifested in the tensions of the Beijing Summer Olympics of 2008; also featuring Tibetan, Tsering Bawa.

Lim, a native San Franciscan, is an internationally known poet, performer and award-winning playwright. She has performed with such artists as Max Roach, Tootie Heath, Eddie Marshall, Jon Jang, and Herbie Lewis. Lim was also the subject of an award-winning video documentary, The Voice: Genny Lim.




Bawa, was born in Toe Bawa (Nyari region) in the western part of Tibet. He joined Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA), Dharamsala, India in 1986 and graduated in Tibetan Opera, music, Theater and sacred/monastic dance in 1994 with distinction.






Raymond Nat Turner premieres Peace, Ray, Peace, a jazz-based spoken word work examining the relationship between a mother and son, and lessons learned in both life and death.

Turner has performed live nationally and internationally, as well as on television and radio. Since 1990, he has been the Artistic Director of the JazzPoetry ensemble UpSurge!, a group that fuses poetry with jazz. He has opened for the late James Baldwin, as well as Dave Zirin and Cynthia McKinney, and has appeared with UpSurge! at numerous festivals and universities.



Dr. Brenda Wade presents Peace Right Here, Right Now, an audience experiential act. Dr. Wade is a psychologist, peace activist, and the NBC Today Show's Family Relationship Expert; she makes regular appearances on shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show and Good Morning America. In the San Francisco Bay Area, Dr. Wade hosts Black Renaissance on the CW network. Her company Heartline Productions, Inc. was founded to produce quality media programs that focus on transforming lives.

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