REJOICE! Diaspora Dance Theater
Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theater is an ensemble of multi dimensional dancers and musicians under the artistic direction of Oluyinka Akinjiola.
Rejoice! looks at tradition through a contemporary lens bridging our vast history with our complex present. Using folkloric movement as a basis of communication to our immediate surroundings, Rejoice! weaves stories from movements and music of the past and present to navigate through modern day issues and current topics that are steeped through generations.
Rejoice also offers master classes where company members teach a wide range of techniques to the public from folkloric Afro-Cuban to modern Graham Technique, and Afro Axé movements of Brazil to contemporary Silvestre Technique
videos and descriptions
Pheneomenally, a Tribute to Maya Angelou
Oshun, Xica and the Sambista
Sentiments of Ogun
"I have witnessed Oluyinka Akinjiola's art in two occurrences of Ten Tiny Dances as well is an the N.E.W. residency series. With each occurrence, I've found Oluyinka's work deeper in terms of craft, attention to detail, complexity, and power. She is a strong choreographer of both group and solo work and her collaboration with taiko artists this summer reflected her interest in the meeting of diverse voices. Her own artistic voice is strong, clear, and unique in the Portland dance community. We need her."
Artistic Director, Beaverton Ten Tiny Dances
For performances, master classes and educational programs
"ICONS, Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theatre's contribution to PWNW's Alembic Co-Production Series, provoked reflection, laughter, and community celebration by turns, in works laced with passionate and exuberant dancing drawn from a wealth of African Diaspora traditions, rich visuals and costuming, and body-enlivening music and drumming."
Linda Austin Performance Works NW
“As the Founder and Director of the New Expressive Works Residency program I watched Oluyinka's piece develop, mature, and flourish through the six month rehearsal/residency period (between October 2014 and March 2015). Oluyinka's choreographic and collaborative methods are clearly influenced by her deep learning of and relationship with Afro-Cuban dance forms. Her rich, and narratively provocative group choreography - that pays tribute to Maya Angelou - was well received by a wide range of audiences.”
Founder/Director Studio 2 @Zoomtopia