Aug 15-18: Following the Road to Ose Tura

Dance Mission Theater’s Liberation Academy  presents
Following the Road to Ose Tura
Aug 15-18, 2024 at various location throughout San Francisco.
A ritual performance experience featuring the work of Efeya Sampson, Adia Tamar Whitaker, and Àṣẹ Dance Theater.

Every child must go and come….

Adia Tamar Whitaker’s Following The Road to Ose Tura is a dance and music response to The Road to Ose Tura, a dance film created by Ifa priestess, dancer, choreographer, and scholar, Efeya Ifadayo Olaberinjo Makala Sampson. Before Sampson transitioned into the ancestral realm, she charged Whitaker and other dance family members with setting the second part of her ancestral dance prayers and completing the dance film she began.

Following The Road to Ose Tura is the landing pad for Whitaker’s rumination’s on facing her own mortality and the immortality of her friend. It is the container of Adia’s reflections while realizing Efeya’s films, navigating grief, loss, survivor’s guilt, and the memories of the inequities Adia and Efeya experienced while interacting with healthcare system live.

Following The Road to Ose Tura isa four-chaptered, site-specific, ritual dance theater performance featuring Whitaker’s choreography, including film projections of Sampson’s work. It  is a series of four different ritual dance theater experiences in three different locations over four days. The first three days feature three different 30 minute performance rituals that repeat three times each day. The fourth day features the entire 90 minute work as the evening length finale.

Times and locations: 

Stage One | A Buzzard Lope for Efeya | Thursday Aug 15: Outdoors, India Basin Shoreline Park (Hunters Point Blvd & Hawes St, SF).
Ritual performances at 5pm, 6pm, and 7pm.

Stage Two | MawuLisa Marassa | Friday Aug 16: Outdoors, Corridor between Salesforce Tower and Salesforce Transit Center  (Fremont St btw Mission & Howard Streets, SF).
Ritual performances at 8pm, 8:45pm, and 9:30pm.

Stage Three | That Day That | Saturday, Aug 17: Indoors, Dance Mission Theater (3316 24th St, SF).
Ritual performances at 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm.

Stage Four | Following the Road to Ose Tura Premiere | Sunday, Aug 18: Indoors, Dance Mission Theater (3316 24th St, SF).
Evening-length premiere at 2pm and  7pm
2pm show Buy now (Note, the 2pm offering will be recorded.)
7pm showBuy now
No one turned away for lack of funds.


Following the Road to Ose Tura was made possible in part with support from The Gerbode Foundation Special Awards in the Arts Grant, Kenneth Rainin Foundation New Program Grant, New England Foundation for the Arts / NDP, San Francisco Arts Commission, and Dream Keeper Initiative.

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