Not My Enemy | 78min | Documentary | 2022 | USA
Director: Kehinde Ishangi
Looking backward to move forward, Kehinde Ishangi, an African American choreographer, searches to uncover the truth about her absent father’s choices and reveals the real enemy of the Vietnam War.
Kehinde Ishangi is a dance artist, educator, and scholar. She is an Assistant Professor in Studio Practices and Dance Science at Florida State University. Ishangi holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Florida State University, where she was a University Fellow. She earned a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Dance Pedagogy from Brenau University. She is the director of The Ishangi Institute created to further her research and application of movement science.
Ishangi has been an international dance soloist. Within the United States, she has performed with such companies as Ballethnic Dance Company, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, and KM Dance Project. While residing in Paris, France, Ishangi was a performing artist with Compagnie James Carlès and Compagnie Georges Momboye. She has danced the repertoire of Martha Graham, Alwin Nikolais, Ronald K. Brown, Donald McKayle, Jawole Zollar, Milton Myers, Iréne Tassembédo, David Roussève, and Katherine Dunham. Most recently, Ishangi performed Boschimanne: living curiosities with KM Dance Project at the 2019 National Performance Network conference and Ancestors at the 2020 Festival International de Danse de Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, West Africa.
Ishangi has taught at international dance conservatories and universities, including a Visiting Professorship at Tulane University, USA. In addition to these appointments, she served for three years on the faculty of L’Académie Américaine de Danse de Paris in France. Ishangi has used her training as a Movement Scientist during the collaboration of Les éscailles de la mémoire performed by Jawole Zollar’s Urban Bush Women from the United States, and Germaine Acogny’s Jant-Bi of Senegal, West Africa.