Sophie Shackleton

Sophie was a Theatre Arts concentrator, 2009. Currently observing performing arts and non-textual theatre in Bamako, Mali – especially in youth culture – and working with local artists to promote their work. Helping with the development of a cross-cultural arts center, with Brown Mande Dance teacher Michelle Bach-Coulibaly, in Doumanzana (www.yeredonmali.org).

But most of all, getting mixed up and buried deep and confusingly comfortable in a Malian world – and reflecting on the cultural intricacies of embracing difference. This is no anthropological study; what does it mean for me to be here, living, breathing, taking, giving? And for these people to be doing so with me? Beckoned to a universe not my own?