Dasan Mitchell has trained and studied at Wayne State University, receiving his bachelor of science in dance. He has trained with many artists/companies nationally and internationally for over eight years. Some of these include Bakalama Dance of Senegal and Deeply Rooted Dance Company. His dance training is rooted in African Diaspora dance, classical modern, and more contemporary movement approaches. He is currently studying the philosophy, pedagogy, and theories of Katherine Dunham, in the process of receiving the Katherine Dunham teaching certification. He continues to establish a wholesome approach to dance education that includes cross-cultural communication. He is currently a dancer for Wellspring / Cori Terry & Dancers and a teaching artist for Education for the Arts in Kalamazoo, MI.
As an emerging movement maker, I create movement works that are experimental, conceptual and researched based. Movement vocabulary stems from deep tradition as well as conceptual based ways of approaching performance. It grows from investigating one’s current state of self, society, and heritage. I fully engage traditional movement from the African diaspora, the Katherine Dunham technique, and as well as more western dance forms (Modern & Postmodern). Intentionally and unintentionally, cultural assimilation is a theme and investigated within my work. I am interested in incorporating my own desires, research, knowledge, and background into dance, which lives the realm of the political and interpersonal, and is a way of exploring social dynamics. Movement is developed through adhering to traditional dance while staying true to my own artistic expression and acknowledging the oddity within me. My work focuses on nostalgia and subconscious thoughts, and how this relates to the human experience. In all my works, I enter with this question: “Can I make a deep connection with my subconscious [engrossing myself with the thoughts and ideas that aren’t sitting on the forefront of the mind]?” Cultivating the insight that doesn’t have to present itself in a conventional manner, I create performances that evoke a sense of familiarity while also taking the viewer to extremely distant places.
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