Meet the Artist. The Process. The Work
Sima Belmar, ODC Writer in Residence and host of the ODC podcast Dance Cast, gathers with Farah Yasmeen Shaikh, host of the podcast Heartistry Talk Show, and Andréa Spearman, host of the podcast The Black Landscape, to discuss the art and chaos of podcasting. Topics include promoting artist-led discussions, developing deep listening skills, and debating the merits of iMovie vs. GarageBand. The 40-minute discussion will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.
Sima Belmar is the ODC Writer in Residence and host of the podcast Dance Cast. She holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and a PhD in Performance Studies from UC Berkeley where she teaches writing in the Department of Theater, Dance, & Performance Studies. Sima writes the In Practice column for In Dance, a publication of Dancers’ Group, and was a dance critic for the San Francisco Bay Guardian from 1997-2003. Her writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, The Oakland Tribune, Dance Magazine, TDR, Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices, Performance Matters, Contemporary Theatre Review, and The Oxford Handbook of Screendance Studies.
Farah Yasmeen Shaikh is an internationally acclaimed Kathak performer, choreographer, and instructor, and Founder & Artistic Director of Noorani Dance, with two decades of training from the late Pandit Chitresh Das. Farah performs her own traditional and innovative works, most notably, The Forgotten Empress and The Partition Project. A TEDx speaker, and host of the podcast, Heartistry Talk Show, Farah has received support and recognition from the National Endowment for the Arts, Walter & Elise Haas Fund, New England Foundation for the Arts, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Alliance for California Traditional Arts, California Arts Council, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, San Francisco Foundation, SVCreates, and Dancers’ Group. In addition to training students of Noorani Dance, Farah’s teaching experience includes ODC School and Along King LINES Ballet in San Francisco, India Community Center in the Silicon Valley, and various academic and arts institutions throughout the U.S. She has been a guest choreographer for the World Dance Program at Alvin Ailey Extension in New York City, a consulting choreographer for the theatrical adaptation of Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding, and the lead choreographer for I’ll Meet You There, a feature length film directed by Pakistani American filmmaker, Iram Parveen Bilal. Since 2015, Farah has been performing and teaching throughout Pakistan, engaging in meaningful exchanges with artists, organizations, students, and art-lovers.
For 20+ years, Andréa Spearman has been a student, teacher, choreographer, and performer of a variety of modern-based movements in the SF Bay Area. In her position as Artist Resources Manager at Dancers’ Group, she spearheaded In Conversation, an audio series of interviews exploring intergenerational conversations about dance and different folks’ relationship to dance. Under the banner of A. Spearman & Co, Andréa led a dance company that has designed and created unique vocabularies of performance and launched the fledgling podcast, The Black Landscape. The podcast introduces audiences to SF Bay Area Black leaders who share their joys and challenges in a variety of industries including dance + the arts, local government, local authors, the Peralta Colleges governance, labor unions, retail and costuming design, entrepreneurship, and more!
IG: @TheBlackLandscape @AspearmanAndCo
FB: The Black Landscape | A. Spearman & Co
Twitter: @BlackLandscape_ @AspearmanAndCo