Wayne State University

RAS Michael Courtney

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RAS Mikey Courtney is a dance practioner/researcher/educator who is currently a Lecturer at Wayne State University. RAS Mikey holds a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and an MA in Ethnochoreology from the University of Limerick in Ireland where he is also completing his doctoral Arts Practice research. His thesis Bridging Horizons: Embodied Cultural Understanding Through the Development and Presentation of Ethio-Modern Dance, explore his practice as his main methodology and embodiment as a central theoretical underpinning. His works explore meaning in movement and investigate the significance of embodied cultural expressions as tools in the creation of ‘urban’ contemporary choreographic works. He has produced and performed works with his company Fore Im a Versatile Entertainer (F.I.V.E.) Productions LLC., Pilobolus, Raven-Symoné, The Marley Family, and Major Lazer to name a few. His more recent notable choreographic productions include YeBuna Alem/A Coffee World (Ireland, 2015) and Common Threads (Ethiopia, 2016). RAS Mikey’s works are a reflection of his life experience as he strives to use the expressive arts as a bridge for cultural understanding.

“Movement is life and I am a Lifist”