Monday, April 23, 2007

[Wadabo_updates] Africa to the Diaspora - performance, film, & workshops

Dear African Dance & Drum Community,
This week you can experience the beauty of diversity in
the dances of Africa and the Diaspora
through performance, film, and workshops:

1 - 4/26 Bomba, Vejigante Y Baquine in Puerto Rico-
Master's thesis installation @ Harvard Divinity School

2 - 4/27 Movement (R)evolution Africa
Film premiere @ MFA Boston

3 - 4/28 & 29 The Festival Dances of Haiti
orkshop & fundraiser with Jean Appolon @ Dance Complex

1 - Thursday, April 26 at 5pm - Bomba, Vejigante y Baquine:
A Celebration of the African Cultural and Religious Traditions of Loiza Aldea,
Puerto Rico.

Live Bomba dance will be performed as part of a multi-media exhibit including video, photographs, and poetry readings celebrating Loiza Aldea's African heritage - Maria Cristina Vlassidis-Burgoa's Master's Thesis Installation. The presentation will include the building of altars in the Espiritismo tradition and a representation of the Baquine ritual with songs, prayers, dance and games. As is traditional, food and libations will be plentiful! We hope you can join us in celebrating Puerto Rico's African heritage!  For a more detailed description please visit: Braun Room, Andover Hall, 102 Francis Ave, Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA.

2 - Friday, April 27 at 8pm -
Movement (R)evolution Africa
A documentary by Joan Frosch & Alla Kovgan.

"The film is a knockout!" - The Village Voice. Stunning choreography and riveting stories of nine African choreographers unveil soul-shaking responses to the beauty and tragedy of 21st century Africa. Tickets are $9/$8 students. At the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 640 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA for more information call 617.369.3306 or email . Please visit www.

3 -
April 28 & 29, Saturday & Sunday, 3-5pm
In the Spirit of Rara! Festival Dances of Haiti
4th Semi-Annual Weekend Workshop with Jean Appolon
A fundraising event for the youth of Haiti.

Come and celebrate the season of Rara in Haitian style! Each workshop includes: discussion / Q&A session and reading materials about featured dances, Rara traditions, and Haitian culture. Dance instruction features: Horton/Dunham warm up, Haitian dance technique, and original choreography. Geared towards advanced beginner to intermediate level dancers, all are welcome. Live accompaniment by Haitian drum masters: JouJou, Marceil, TiCharles, and other talented artists!

A portion of the proceeds from this will go directly to dance programs for disadvantaged youth in Haiti .
$70 for entire workshop / $40 for single class. Pre-registration is required by 4/26. Contact: email At The Dance Complex, 536 Mass. Ave., Central Sq., Cambridge, Central Square stop on the Red Line - Visit for directions

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