A thoughtful and spirited performer, Kantara’s solo and collaborative performances combines movement, song, folk stories, interviews, and personal narratives to create, what she terms, “embodied storytelling.” She has presented her scholarly-artistic work on Yoruba, Haitian and KiKongo aesthetics and African cosmologies at numerous venues including the Whitney Biennale under the Dance Diaspora Collective, the American Studies Association, The Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Northwestern University, New York University, Oberlin College, The Caribbean Cultural Center and African Diasporic Institute, and the Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
FACILITATIONS + TEAM BUILDING
Whether you are brainstorming new ideas or need to engage in difficult conversations, Kantara’s facilitation services are designed to create intimate spaces for sharing ideas, gaining feedback, and
designing next steps that help individuals and groups meet their goals.
Whether you want to learn more about art or hear learn more about the intersection of social justice, the past, and our present, Kantara’s speaking engagements highlight our shared humanity, connectivity, and how we
might use the tools at our disposal to build a more just, engaged, and beautiful world.
"What strikes me most about Kantara is her stillness. She leads with
grace and composure that belies her depth of cultural knowledge, passion for teaching
and dialogue and her arresting creative talent. Kantara's work is urgent and resonant.
She lends a broad set of creative and pedagogical skills to constructing layered art
experiences and necessary conversations."
"Kantara Souffrant brings a most valuable combination of energy and organization to the projects lucky enough to have her as a participant and leader. She served as a facilitator of community workshops helping organizations and individuals identify ways they could join in the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Milwaukee’s fair housing marches. Her process invited responses from all present and encouraged interaction between and among audience members. Her inclusive and welcoming style brought forth a range of project ideas that made the year long series of anniversary events far-reaching and impactful."
Margaret Rozga, Author of 200 Nights and One Day, poems about Milwaukee’s fair housing marches Editor of Where I Want to Live: Poems for Fair and Affordable Housing
2019-2020 Wisconsin Poet Laureate