Greensboro-based choreographer Robin Gee finds power and inspiration in the living traditions of African dance and music that she weaves into her own work, uncovering rhythms that resonate with contemporary American culture.
Gee, a 2016-2017 N.C. Arts Council Fellowship recipient, studies and documents Africanist aesthetics and performance and mines cultural practices that have developed over generations within communities. But her own work goes far beyond a simple re-staging of observed choreographic presentations, drawing upon her own personal, cultural, and artistic histories to create work in an American context and situate these traditional forms within the larger and ongoing discourse on race, place, and belonging.
Gee’s research has taken her to Africa many times. In 2012, she won a Fulbright Scholarship to go to Burkina Faso for eight months. Other trips have taken her to Guinea, Senegal, and Mali for teaching and research.
Among her many other professional activities and achievements, she was commissioned by the Maimouna Keita Dance Company in 2009 to create a new dance entitled A Walk to Beautiful, which premiered at the Skirball Performing Arts Center in New York the following year. Gee received her M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and is currently Associate Professor of Dance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. For more information about her work visit http://greensborodancefilms.org.