ADAKU UTAH is an activist, healer, teacher and performance artist committed to building and nurturing authentic expression within individuals and transformative and healing community spaces. She is a proud social justice co-conspirator, committed love warrior and ever evolving mover and shaker. Her performance work is grounded in healing, laughter, art, spirit and love. She grew up in Lagos, Nigeria where she began dancing in her mother’s womb and has trained in African, jazz, modern and hip hop dance styles from communities in Nigeria, Chicago, Los Angeles, North Carolina and New York. She has performed at numerous venues nationally and internationally including the American Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, FuseBox Festival, Dance Chicago, Michigan Womyn’s Festival, Dance Theater Workshop, Dance Theater of Harlem and the Oprah Show. She has shared the stage with the likes of Black Eyed Peas, Oprah, Ne-yo, and Meshell Ndegeocello. She currently collaborates with
Faye Driscoll’s Modern Dance Group, Organic Magnetics, Motion Sickness and Karma Mayet’s Indigo Blues Opera. Her performance work is coupled with her social justice work. She is the founder of SouLar Bliss (www.soularbliss.com), a community space to share, create, discuss recipes, remedies, rituals and resources for healing ourselves and communities whole. She also currently works with Project SAFE as a project facilitator, training and supporting youth and adults in educating and organizing around sexual health and reproductive justice issues.