On Sunday, February 28 2016, Edna Daigre participated in our Speakeasy entitled The Color of Dance-History of Black Dance in Seattle.
Check out this article from our friend Marcie Sillman and KUOW profiling Edna.
You’re Never Too Old to Dance in Seattle’s Central Area
Jae Carlsson says:
Mar 28, 2016
Marcie, it was a delight reading your article on Edna Daigre and Ewajo Dance.
Ewajo had slipped from my memory until I read your piece.
Back in the 1970s, I’d be lucky if one weekend in any given month had a dance concert in Seattle I could go to see. Louise Durkee and ACDC had each developed original dance techniques. But every other company/teaching-school in town utilized preexisting techniques, at that time. Ewajo’s was Dunham and Afro-Caribbean I seem to recall.
The showcases of Ewajo I saw (where? I don’t remember) and the pieces they did annually at Bumpershoot were conventionally choreographed and exhibited the full range of dance-talent, as you might expect.
But I thoroughly enjoyed them. I remember these concerts fondly – as full of energy and color, and they were always just a little bit exotic.
When Seattle’s dance scene seriously took off in 1980, I began to lose track of Ewajo.
Community dance – community-based art of any medium – tends to feel fresh and unselfconscious only so long as a serious (and highly-selfconscious) artscene is yet to emerge. When it does, community art is swept to the margins. Which is a little bit sad.
Only much later does one tend to feel nostalgia for more innocent times.
Thanks, Marcie, for letting me indulge in memories I had almost lost.
– Jae Carlsson
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