Malaika Sarko

Nationality: US
Current Residency: GB
Generation: 7 | 2004-2008
Last Update: January 29, 2013

Malaika Sarco-Thomas, PhD, is a researcher, teacher, performer and writer of improvisation practices in various contexts including theatres, contact improvisation events and with living plants in outdoor locations.  As a researcher she investigates principles introduced in the practice of Ki Aikido and in the work of improvisation artists including Kirstie Simson, Michael Schumacher, CharlieMorrissey, David Zambrano and Danny Lepkoff and how these operate to hone human perception and practical ecologies.  As a practitioner she has presented work in galleries, theatres, schools and sites in Europe, Asia and Africa as part of the TWIG Project and improvisation festivals including Dartington, Warsaw, and Vitamin Creative Space Gallery in Guangzhou, China.  Malaika is Senior Lecturer and Award Leader for the BA Honours Dance programme at Falmouth University, UK, and with Richard Sarco-Thomas organises weekly Wednesday contact jams at The Performance Centre in Cornwall. Since 2011 they coordinate the annual Contact Festival Dartington and Conference, a celebration and investigation of practices of contact [and] improvisation, taking place in 2013 from 1-7 April at The Performance Centre in Penryn, Cornwall:

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