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The Haus of Glitter is a Dance Company + Performance Lab + Preservation Society that works to shift the energetic center of the universe towards care, healing, justice and freedom. In the work we share, preserve and co-create with communities, we strive to embody ancestral liberation, healing and love in every step and every breath of our creative praxis. The Haus of Glitter Dance Company connects the individual human body to the collective human body. Our choreography aims to reach beyond the stage and into the streets; into our homes; into our institutions; into our hearts; and into the soil of the earth. The Haus of Glitter Dance Company works to preserve the histories, cultures and pedagogies of West African + Latin Diasporic Dance. Our Performance Lab is a multidisciplinary collaborative space where we create and produce original music performances, and multidisciplinary art for our performance season, our record label, and other creative projects. The Haus of Glitter Preservation Society is an initiative that supports local, national, and international preservation, conservation and interpretive projects. Our mission is to preserve underrepresented lineages of dance, music, culture and other histories. We believe there are missing puzzle pieces to the systems + symptoms of oppression that we are still feeling and reinforcing. Our care-centered practice aims to invite deep feeling, healing, and liberation. We don’t just want to exist. We want to live. Change isn’t about forgetting. It’s about remembering. For more information on the Haus of Glitter, visit: . ​ Follow their work on Instagram via @HausOfGlitterDanceCo

Prema Bangera, who is ethnically South Indian (from Tulu Nadu) of lower caste, born in Mumbai, and partially raised on the unceded land of the Wampanoag and Massachusett people (so-called Boston), is a multidisciplinary artist, an editor, an educator, and a community organizer. She is the Mixed Genre Editor for Midway Journal. Her writing and artwork has appeared in various publications and showcased at the Boston City Hall and painted on the streets of the unceded Naumkeag lands (so-called Salem, MA) as part of the Raining Project at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. She had founded & was the executive director of a grassroots nonprofit organization called Teen Voices Emerging, geared towards empowering girls, non-binary youth, and female-identifying youth through using their voice & words. Bangera also established a healing Arts program called Narratives of Transformative Love which was facilitated for youth and adults in various venues, students in Boston Public Schools, educators at the Summer Teachers Institute in Boston University, and at organizations and schools in Kenya and India. She was selected by the Boston Women's Fund in partnership with the Boston Foundation for their 2022 Women of Color Leadership Circle. She is also part of the Red Sage Stories playback theatre troupe, a BIPoC theatre group using arts as a catalyst for social change. Bangera has been a teaching artist & writer at the Institute of Contemporary Art, the United South End Settlements, and Company One Theatre. Follow her work-in-progress Instagram via @premapaintspoetry