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Information session & Course Overview below:
A SPECIAL CULTURAL EXCHANGE:
DANCE, MUSIC AND CULTURE IN SENEGAL, WEST AFRICA
January 5-19, 2007 or
July 9-24, 2007
West Africa is rich with humanistic culture that is transferred from generation to generation through its art forms. This course will offer students a Senegalese grass-roots cultural emersion experience. Students will explore the roles dance, music and the integrated arts play in traditional West African culture. Students will study dance and drumming and participate in arts based cultural activities allowing students the opportunity to develop artistically as well as to explore West African culture on an experiential level. Students will also be exposed to historical, geo-political and religious influences on Senegal today by attending lectures with university professors.
This exciting two-week study abroad program will be based for one week in the Casamance, a geographically isolated region in the southern most part of Senegal, known as the "Garden of Senegal". This is a rural area, in which traditional rituals and an animistic spiritual cosmology are still prevalent.
The beautiful and very historic Goree Island will be home to students during the second week of this cultural emersion experience. Goree Island is a village hundreds of years old and home to the Slave House Museum, which stands as a reminder of the exportation of West Africans as slaves from her shores. It also offers an artistic, research and cosmopolitan environment, due to its proximity (a twenty minute ferry ride) to Dakar, the capital of Senegal.
While in Senegal students will have the opportunity to:
Study indigenous dance and drumming in their traditional contexts as well as with members of the National Ballet of Senegal.
Participate in community drum and dance festivities/rituals
Attend lectures on historical, geo-political, and Islamic influences on Senegalese culture as well as the on Arts and Spirituality in Senegal
Visit the Slave House and Ifa Museum, the University of Dakar as well as attend a National Ballet rehearsal and/or performance.
Meet with a traditional practitioner, watch artisans at work, and visit traditional open markets in Ziginchor, Casamance and on Goree Island.
Fatou- Carol Sylla founded A Special Cultural Exchange in 1985 and has organized and led West African arts based, grassroots study abroad programs for almost two decades in Senegal, Guinea and Guinea Bissau, including several years for Bradford College. She does this in conjunction with Sadio Diatta Rosche, international artist and tour organizer in her native Casamance, Fotigue Toure, music director of the National Theater Group of Senegal, Cheikh Sene, professor at Suffolk University/Dakar Campus, as well as many other artists and family members.
For more information on the January or July Program please call Fatou-Carol at 617-868-6193
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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