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24 | #ElijahGibson - Social Movement Contemporary Dance

On this episode your co-host Martheya interviews Elijah Alhadji Gibson the Founder and Artistic Director of Social Movement Contemporary Dance. On this episode we go behind the scree and talk about Elijah’s academic and professional career, the importance of preparedness and recognizing the source of things, his identity in relation to performance and choreography, and the human condition.


[0:29] Martheya introduces Elijah Alhadji Gibson


[1:50]Martheya asks: “Can you briefly walk us through your career path? How did you end up founding Social Movement Contemporary Dance?”

[8:09]Martheya asks: “Was your mom questioning why dance or the arts as a career?”

[11:23]Martheya asks: “I remember your classes at Sam Houston this idea of preparedness...”

[12:40]Martheya asks: “What are the things you do to prepare?”

[14:13]Martheya asks: “What do you do do before teaching class?”

[15:52]Martheya asks: “What do you do when you arrive to class early?”

[16:53]Martheya asks: “What do you mean you can tell what kind of dancer they are going to be when they enter the room?”

[18:40]Martheya asks: “Can you explain how you created Social Movement Contemporary Dance?”

[23:34]Martheya asks: “Some of your company members went to Sam Houston State University?”

[24:25]Martheya asks: “I want to talk more about ‘We Are Greenwood’ Can you talk about this work?”

[30:03]Martheya asks: “Could you explain what Black Wall Street was?”

[32:43]Martheya asks: “Do you think your work is offering questions or solutions?”

[36:13]Martheya asks: “How do you define cultural appropriation?”

[44:05]Martheya asks: “What you do is rooted in identity. How would you describe your digital identity?”

[46:14]Martheya asks: “What is your strategy for releasing content?”

[46:57]Martheya asks: “How did you come up with this strategy?”

[47:27]Martheya asks: “How do you think you are able to sense your audience's attention span?”

[48:53]Martheya asks: “You are very active on your Instagram stories”

[51:18] Martheya asks:

1- If you had to recommend a resource to our audience what would it be?

  • Life- “just be aware...I look around me”

2- What was the first dance you saw?

  • The Running Man, “growing up cultural dances as a kid”

3- Do you think social media has a positive influence on the dance world

(yes or no)?

  • BOTH “That is something I talk about with my dancers quite a bit”

4- What is your favorite social media platform?

  • Instagram, “I used to use Snapchat”

#ElijahGibson Recommended Resources

Twitter- @SMCD69159071


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