Dance of the Orishas “Yabás/queens” for Afrodiasporic womxn*.

Dance of the Orishas “Yabás/queens

for afrodiasporic womxn*

– Bárbara Luci Carvalho (antagon theaterAKTion)

The power of female ancestors transcends time and is cyclically rediscovered in our societies. The stories and dances of the Yabás, the female “Orixás,” are a historical reflection on the construction of identities of Afro-diasporic womxn* in the present. In this workshop we will dance and sing the female yabás Iemanjá, Oxum and Oyá (or Yansã). Through movement research we will connect with the myths surrounding these Orixás, recognize the ancestral characteristics of the Yabás in our bodies, and relate them to our own life experiences. The goal of the workshop is to open the ancestral memory of the African peoples to which we belong and to offer the possibility of decolonizing our notions of femininity. You don’t need any dance experience, come and celebrate the power of your femininity in the dance of the “Yabás/Queens”.

for afrodiasporic womxn*

🗓️ Date | Wed., 20.09.

Time | 18h – 19:30h

📍Location | Atelier Diáspora

🎟️ Fee | on donation basis

👥 Participants | max. 12 people

🌍 Language | German and English

  • BIOS:


    Bárbara Luci Carvalho

    is an actress, a performer and a lecturer in theater and dance. She is part of Antagon since 2010, has a degree in theater education from the Federal University of Bahia in Brazil and is doing her M.A. in Choreography and performance at the Institute for Applied Theater Studies in Gießen. She develops educational and artistic projects with Afro-Brazilian and contemporary dance, performance, stilts and physical theater, mostly in public spaces in cooperation with Protagon e.V - friends and sponsors of free theater action. She works on the basis of body theater, feminist theater of the oppressed after Barbara Santos and Augusto Boal, and the production and use of theater masks, body awareness and physical education. She was a lecturer at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences and Heidelberg University. For ten years she has also been the coordinator of the socio-cultural Brazilian-German exchange project "Escuna Criativa" and is a curator of the artistic program team at Sommerwerft - Internationales Theater Festival am Fluss. She directs the International Womxns' Theater Festival in Frankfurt/Main since 2017.


Sep 20 2023


18:00 - 19:30


Orber Straße 24, 60386 Frankfurt am Main