Guest artists

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Adam "Ade Ola" Pascall

September 9-13, 2019

Adam Ade Ola Pascall, fondly called 'Ade', was born and raised in Trinidad, West Indies. Trinidad is the larger of the twin isle republic of Trinidad and Tobago, where traditional Orisha worship has survived and is still practiced.

Born into the Spiritual Baptist faith, Ade, from the age of 13, began acknowledging or rather, experiencing a conscious awakening of the Trinidad and Tobago orisha traditions. It is from this place that Ori Bata speaks. It came as a revelation and inspiration from the universe. Ade has been a committed devotee for over 20 years and his understandings has transcended normal physical, mental and spiritual boundaries. His experiences have led him to create the "Ori Bata Technique". Ori Bata is a Trinidad and Tobago Orisha Dance and Performance Technique. Ori Bata is a Trinidad and Tobago Orisha Dance and Performance Technique.

Ori Bata  is a Trinidad and Tobago orisha dance and performance technique for theatre arts that seek to provide a conscious awakening and understanding about the Orisha traditions of Trinidad and Tobago. Through its process, clear and transparent information about the tradition would be shared, without imposing religion/tradition or any associated ethnicity. Theatre Arts would be used as a tool to create a comfortable space of sharing and learning.

 Ori Bata literally means "head" and "drum". It can also be understood as meaning " mind" and "body" or "thoughts" and "actions". The technique, however, encompasses all these ideas. It translates the aesthetic of the orisha traditions of Trinidad and Tobago into performance art and informs everything about the performance.  Ori Bata can be referred to or understood as "SACRED PERFORMANCE ART" because it emanates from a spiritual way of life and maintains its traditional essences and reverence. 


Past Guest Artists

Professionals in the field of Theatre and Dance are often invited to speak to and answer questions from our students. Some of the guest artists who have come to Wayne State's Theatre and Dance program to talk with our students are below. 

Jeffrey Seller
Jeffrey Seller
Mark Fucik
Mark Fucik (Pilobolus)
s_epatha_merkerson
S. Epatha Merkerson
Adam McGaw
Adam McGaw
trey mcintyre
Trey McIntyre
Michael Boudewyns
Michael Boudewyns
Deborah Joy Winans
Deborah Joy Winans
Benjamin Bowen (Twylla Tharp)
Benjamin Bowen (Twylla Tharp)
Arnaud Loubayi
Arnaud Loubayi and Mampouya
Sonya Tayeh
Sonya Tayeh
Allegra Libonati
Allegra Libonati
Ron Brown
Ron Brown
Shawn T Bible
Shawn T Bible
Danya
Danys "La Mora" Perez
Natasha Katz
Natasha Katz
George Abud
George Abud
David DiChiera
David DiChiera
David Ramsey
David Ramsey
Dominique Morriseau
Dominique Morriseau

Lenny Banovez
Lenny Banovez

Mandy Patinkin
Mandy Patinkin
Patti Lupone
Patti LuPone
Shelly Butler
Shelley Butler
Syd Mead
Syd Mead
Tim Rhoze
Tim Rhoze
Tom Skerritt
Tom Skerritt
Valerie Pettiford
Valerie Pettiford

William Ivey Long
WIlliam Ivey Long