Saraka & Toukande
Performance by Ballet CreoleIn Saraka, a drum fete, dancers become drummers and drummers become dancers in the trance of celebration. The spirits are implored to partake of the offering of food, prayer, song, and dance. Artistic Director Patrick Parson returns to the drums with a source of musical and transformative inspiration. Set against the backdrop of live African and Caribbean music, Saraka invites the audience to witness dancers with virtuosic grace and athleticism. It is a ballet highlighting the unique contributions of African nations: Chanson Koromantee, Chanson Temne, Chanson Ibo, Chanson Manding, Chanson Congo, Chanson Rada. (Dedicated to Beryl McBernie and Katherine Dunham, female dance pioneers and leaders of Blacks in Dance). Toukande is a special presentation for Black History Month that explores the vibrant cultural heritage of Guinea’s Malinke people! (Available in February 2018).
Afro-Caribbean Dance WORKSHOPA dance teacher (accompanied by a drummer) will combine the structured Contemporary technique of Katherine Dunham with the physicality of traditional movements derived from Africa and the African Diaspora. This is an exhilarating class, challenging and mastering the body’s ability to move to the central control of the CORE. The students will be taught an exciting Flash Mob Dance combination. Note: If you book Jou’vert in addition to a minimum of 2 workshops taking place IN ADVANCE of the performance, your students will be able to perform a Flash Mob within the show.