Listen Where I Walk
Photo: Cara Jones
Photo: Raphael Titsworth-Morin
Resonances of a Warrior Boy
Photo: Kwesi Owusu Poku
My body is a conduit, a link to past and to future generations. It takes me back, it takes me forward, it carries the present.
My body is story.
Liliona has an eclectic background and a diverse set of trainings and experiences. As a result, she wears many hats – choreographer, dancer, actor, dance teacher, singer, community organizer, and facilitator. She has extensive training in contemporary, modern, African, ballet, hip-hop and jazz dance, as well as a BA in Theatre (acting) and a MPhil in African Studies with a performing arts focus. Liliona started her professional career performing with Bridgework Theatre in the Midwest United States, and teaching at the Mandy Fouracre Dance Academy in Accra, Ghana. She then moved to Montreal, Canada, where she danced with Zab Maboungou/Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata and with MamaDances, continued her work as an independent performer and dance teacher, and began her ongoing engagement with Diane Roberts and the Arrivals Personal Legacy Process. Since moving to Nova Scotia, Canada, Liliona has been working predominantly as an independent solo artist, with recent pieces including Resonances of a Warrior Boy, Dressed in Voices, Tide, Oppression, and Inside-Outside: the Dance of the Box. Her work has been presented by dance Immersion, Kinetic Studio, the International Association of Blacks in Dance, Antigonight, Nocturne and others. In addition, Liliona collaborates frequently with other artists in Canada, in Ghana, and elsewhere. She has taught extensively both independently and with the Antigonish Creative Dance Association and, having worked at the Tatamagouche Centre and in a number of social justice contexts, is also an experienced facilitator in social justice programming.
Through it all, Liliona believes that the performing arts can play a central role in the empowerment of communities, and in the development of identity. She strives to create art that is provocative, grounded, and deepens our understanding of the human experience.