d. Sabela grimes aka Ovasoul7
Sablea is a multi-hyphenated artist, choreographer and educator whose work transforms speech and sound into a visual performance with movement that is electric on transmission. In addition to performing internationally with Rennie Harris Puremovement, Sabela has conceived and presented a body of dance theater work that proactively seeks to expand beyond contemporary notions of Hip Hop culture and aesthetics. Sabela’s performance work and pedagogical approach reveal his vested interest in the physical and meta-physical efficacies of Black dance practices. He created and continues to cultivate a technique-based approach to learning Black dance vernacular dances/dance forms called Funkamentals, which he teaches at UCLA in the World Arts and Cultures/Dance Department.
Tigre Bailando is a multi-disciplinary artist born and raised in Philadelphia, now based out of Oakland, California. Tigre Bailando’s installation work has been featured at art & music festivals across the globe, including Lightning in a Bottle, Envision Festival, Electric Forest & Rainbow Serpent. He performs interactive mask theater on city streets across the world and teaches mask-making and performance techniques to students from pre-school to adulthood. Tigre is a core member of the butoh inspired performance company Bad Unkl Sista and has been performing with Embodiment Project since 2015.