Personal Legacy: Memory, the Body, and Ancestral Manifestation


photo/foto: Mateo Rudas

Diane Roberts, Eugene Williams, Danielle Smith

This two-part physical workshop explores African diasporic spiritual traditions as a generative source of action and as a means to make living memory present in performance. It is intended for a small group and will introduce participants to psychophysical African Caribbean modes of witnessing and transmitting ancestral manifestation.  It draws on memory, diasporic movement patterns, and processes related to witnessing the self and witnessing others. It demonstrates processes of archiving this methodology.


Diane Roberts is Artistic Director of Urban Ink productions, which is a First Nations theatre company, founded in 2001 by Marie Clements in Vancouver. The company creates, develops and produces aboriginal and diverse cultural works of theatre, writing and film, utilizing an approach which embraces and strives for the combination and integration of artistic disciplines, including different forms of theatre, story-telling, dance, music, video and multi-media.

Eugene Williams has been Director of the School of Drama at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Jamaica for the past twelve years.  Williams is an award winning director, dramaturg and a Ford Foundation and Fulbright scholar.  He has had more than thirty years of experience in theatre in his native country, Guyana, and the rest of the Caribbean. Williams' directing credits include classics such as The Cherry Orchard, Waiting for Godot, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Black Jacobins, Playboy of The West Indies, and An Echo in The Bone.

Danielle Smith is a Registered Massage Therapist with a multi-disciplinary practice including her experiential knowledge in Caribbean and African Studies, performance and movement arts, and her seeking the stories, knowledge, and wisdom held in the physicality of the body. She is currently a key collaborator and co-facilitator with Diane Roberts and Heather Hermant as she continues her Personal Legacy research.


Background Information
  • Encuentro Location (Bogotá) : Edificio de Enfermería, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • Date: 25 of August, 2009