10 a.m. performance that is ideal for school, community and senior groups. Group tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 708 235 2222; and
8 p.m. full concert with traditional and contemporary works that are functional – served a purpose in African culture – and entertaining because of the flair that Muntu brings to its performances.
With this concert, Muntu will take attendees on a journey to West Africa with high-energy rhythm and dance pieces such as:
Roff – This is a flashier and fierier version of the traditional Djembe (drum), Sabar, Koutero and Bougarabou performed in the Sene-Gambia region of West Africa. This piece is named after the combination of spices used to make Cheebu Jen - a spicy Senegalese fish and rice dish. Roff has been nominated for a 2012 Black Theater Alliance Award in the Best Choreography in a Production category.
Sinte – A traditional rhythm (drum) and dance composition from the Nalu people of Guinea in West Africa. It is performed in celebration of a child’s passage from boy or girl into adulthood.
Triba – A dance of welcome performed by the Baga people of Northwest Guinea. It was presented to visitors when they arrived at the village.
$10.50 (wheelchair, front balcony, mid-balcony, rear balcony, mezzanine, main floor) and $11.50 (platinum)
$15 (rear balcony); $30 (mid-balcony);
All tickets can be purchased at Governors State University Center for Performing Arts Box Office. Call 708 235 2222 or visit CenterTickets.net.
Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago was founded in 1972 and performs authentic and progressive interpretations of contemporary and ancient African and African-American dance, music and folklore. The company is known for bringing audiences out of their seats and into the aisles with its unique synthesis of dance, rhythm and song. Muntu is highly regarded for its innovative repertory, which preserve traditional African dance while creating new works that build on African, Caribbean and African-American cultural traditions, and recently performed for First Lady Michelle Obama and representatives of NATO.
For Media Only
There are pre- and post-show interview and photographic opportunities. To schedule an interview or arrange to review the show, contact Dana Gleeson, Marketing Manager, at 773 241 6080 or marketing [at] Muntu [dot] com.
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