As they continue a legacy of infusing African dance with contemporary sensibilities, Philadelphia’s pre-eminent African dance company, Kùlú Mèlé African Dance & Drum Ensemble will partner with The Requisite Movers (TRM) to present Let the Roots Show – an electric showcase of emerging choreographers who are rooted in African dance. The 2-day, dance collaborative will take place at the Painted Bride Art Center on Saturday, November 24th at 7:00p.m. and Sunday, November 25th at 4:00p.m.
Let the Roots Show will feature new works by Lela Aisha Jones, Kùlú Mèlé’s Cachet Ivey and Acacia Reed, and a revision of one of Kùlú Mèlé’s most beloved pieces, Oya, choreographed by Kùlú Mèlé Artistic Director Dorothy Wilkie. Jones, founder and director of FlyGround, and Deneane Richburg of Brownbody, serve as co-founders of The Requisite Movers which was formed in 2012 to produce the works of Black female movement artists. Let the Roots Show will run approximately 90 minutes with intermission. Tickets are $20 in advance/$25 at the door; with tickets for children 12 and younger, $12 in advance and $15 at the door.
Inspired by the voices of our ancestors, Kùlú Mèlé African Dance & Drum Ensemble preserves, presents and builds upon the dance and music of Africa and the African Diaspora. Founded in 1969 by Baba Robert Crowder and led by Artistic Director Dorothy Wilkie for more than 20 years, the Philadelphia-based dance troupe is known for infusing African dance with urban American flair. Having studied with many master choreographers and drummers, including M’Bemba Bangoura, Moustapha Bangoura, Danis “LaMora” Perez Prades, and Youssouf Koumbassa, Kùlú Mèlé boasts a rich repertoire of authentic, folkloric dance from Guinea, Haiti, Nigeria, Senegal, and Cuba.
Tickets for Let the Roots Show can be purchased by visiting www.paintedbride.org/events/lettherootsshow, calling 215-925-9914, or stopping by the Painted Bride box office, Tuesday-Saturday, noon-6:00p.m.
What: Let the Roots Show, a dance collaborative between Kùlú Mèlé African Dance & Drum Ensemble and The Requisite Movers.
When: Saturday, November 24th at 7:00p.m. and Sunday, November 25th at 4:00p.m.
Where: Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106.
Cost: Children, 12 or younger: $12 in advance and $15 at the door; Adults: $20 in advance/$25 at the door.