Two Oakland artists take on a massive mural in the city's downtown, only to find themselves at the center of the debate over gentrification and cultural resiliency.
Latanya d. Tigner performs professionally with Dimensions Dance Theater, traveling nationally and internationally. She studies various African Diasporic dance forms in addition to contemporary and jazz. Tigner holds a BA in PE/dance and a MA in arts administration, coordinates Dimensions’ Rites of Passage program for youth, directs Dimensions Extensions Performance Ensemble, and teaches dance at Contra Costa College. She has participated in Urban Bush Women's acclaimed Summer Leadership Conference in New Orleans since 2009. In 2010, tigner represented Dimensions in Congo-Brazzaville’s Mabina Festival; and in February 2012, she premiered Ndozi: Ancient Truths Revealed with master ngoma player Kiazi Malonga. Tigner is one of four choreographers commissioned for Dimensions' Down the Congo Line, the culmination of which premiered on October 5, 2013 in San Francisco. Tigner has presented works in Black Choreographer's Festival 2005, 2012, and 2013, and her New Orleans contribution to Down the Congo Line was selected to appear in the internationally acclaimed San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival in June 2013.