Kealoha Ferreira

Dancer since 2013. Artistic Associate. Co-Leader, Shawngram Institute for Performance & Social Justice since 2018.

Kealoha Ferreira is a Native Hawaiian, Filipino, and Chinese dance artist from Oʻahu, Hawaii now residing in Mni Sota Makoce. Interweaving the embodied, transnational feminist practices of Yorchhā and Aloha ʻĀina, she creates work that explores relationality, reclamation, and continuum through an intersectionally expansive lens while remaining rooted in cultural and kinesthetic specificity. She has been a performing and teaching artist of Ananya Dance Theatre since 2013, and the company’s Artistic Associate and Co-Leader of its St Paul-based Shawngram Institute for Performance & Social Justice since 2018. This season she restaged Ananya Dance Theatre repertoire at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She also assisted Ananya Chatterjea in staging new work at the University of Minnesota and in her UBW Choreographic Fellowship at the Maggie Allessee Choreographic Center in Tallahassee. As a 2020 Works in Progress Artist, Kealoha premiered a dance film in Red Eye Theater’s New Works 4 Weeks Festival in June. She is completing her third term with Hālau ʻŌhiʻa, a land and water stewardship program for the Hawaii Universe, and is participating in the second national BIPOC Leadership Circle curated by Art Equity. Kū au i ka lōkahi me nā ʻŌiwi o kēia ʻāina Dakota nei a me nā ʻŌiwi o ka honua a pau.

Photo by Laichee Yang