Ancestral Haiku on September 23: Inspired by the poetry and work of Mursalata Muhammad

Friday, September 23 @ 8:00 PM
Dance Building, Studio 1
1000 Baits Dr.
Free and open to the public

Ancestral Haiku

Detroit jazz legend Marion Hayden and her ensemble Legacy will perform alongside U-M dance faculty Robin Wilson and dancers in Ancestral Haiku. This work is inspired by the poetry and work of Mursalata Muhammad, who created the Haiku Middle Passage Commemorative Exhibit. The work weaves together live original music, dance, ritual, video installation and artwork by M. Saffell Gardner.

Seating is limited. To reserve your seat in advance, fill out this form: or email

Ancestral Haiku considers spiritual restitution as a way to alleviate spiritual suffering and begin the process of community healing. In particular, the use of buttons in visual media, soundscape and as interactive objects reflect West African religious practices carried over to African-American slave culture. Seen as objects of ritual and meaning, buttons connect the ancestral world with our own.

Presented by SMTD+CWPS, a new partnership between the School of Music, Theatre & Dance and the Center for World Performance Studies.

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