Ask Me Anything with: Brittney Laleh Banaei
In this "Ask Me Anything" Series, Brittney Banaei will join us to talk about life, dance and racial justice. We invite you to submit your questions in advance or come ready to ask Brittney questions via the live chat in Zoom.
Please plan on joining us for a 60 minute conversation. Bring your best self as we will be discussing both fun and difficult topics.
If you have a question in advance of the session, please submit them here in the discussion session of the curriculum.
Brittney Laleh Banaei is a dancer, scholar, bodyworker, and educator. Her integrative approach to movement (and life) combines her passions of inclusivity, critical thought, empowerment, decolonization, and wellness.
Brittney is a STOTT Pilates® trained instructor, a certified Gyrotonic® apprentice, a licensed massage therapist, and an avid weightlifter. She uses those skills to help other humans find growth,ease, and confidence in their chosen movement practice(s).
Currently, Brittney is a Master of Fine Arts in Dance candidate at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Missouri State University with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies (history, comparative politics). She is investigating themes of surveillance, erasure/invisibilization, and humor as they relate to the development, exploration, and transmutation of identity. Additionally, Brittney interrogates the idea of Middle Eastern-ness by finding performative satisfaction in both subverting and upholding deeply embedded orientalist expectations of the performing Middle Eastern body. Brittney is interested in what it means to be a "fusion human," and the complexities of navigating a multiethnic experience. Brittney approaches her research from a Performance Studies lens, operating at the nexus of movement, geopolitics, law, philosophy, and sociology. Her area of focus is centered on the Iranian Diaspora created by Iran's 1979 Revolution.
Artistically, Brittney identifies her 'home base' as MENAHT dance as well as contemporary/fusion forms. Her most recent work includes Overworld produced in conjunction with Constance Harris and Laura Conway, As if We Don't Know in conjunction with Laura Conway, and the collaborative work Hunak, an investigation of cultural and interpersonal relationships within states of conflict featuring Palestinian musician Omar Zinaty. She is also an instructor of Amy Sigil's "Improv Team Sync (ITS)" format. Samples of her work can be found at www.brittneybanaei.com
Outside of dance, Brittney's loves include: fiancé David, family, dogs Mildred and Mortimer, cat Monster Truck, unicorns, any movie that can be categorized as a "period drama, strong female lead", fantasy novels, and peanut butter.