Launching the annual matinee series, Urban Gateways and The Harris Theater for Music and Dance showcase the first two performances DanceAfrica 2008 and Barbatuques. Presented by the DuSable Museum of African History and lead sponsor Columbia College, DanceAfrica performs on Friday, October 31, 2008 at 12:30 PM. Presented by Chicago Human Rhythm Project Global Rhythms 4 and lead title sponsor Target, Barbatuques performs on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 12:30 PM. Tickets are $7 each for one show and $6 each for both shows.
For more information or to order your tickets, contact Tarah Ortiz at 312-922-0440 x.2750.
DanceAfrica Chicago 2008: A West African Odyssey Presented by the DuSable Museum of African History and lead sponsor Columbia College Friday, October 31, 2008 12:30 PM Harris Theater for Music and Dance 205 East Randolph Drive, Chicago
Through energetic and vibrant African dances, authentic African percussion and exquisite costuming, DanceAfrica paints a rich image of African performance art as an exciting and educational art form. Now in the 18th year since its inception and in a new home, DanceAfrica is an ongoing project that provides performances and educational opportunities throughout the year. DanceAfrica brings to life a permanent exhibition at DuSable Museum called Africa Speaks, which explores the continent region by region. DanceAfrica employs music and dance as tools to unite education and performing arts and enhance Chicago’s understanding of African culture, joining audience members of every background in a celebratory experience.
Barbatuques Presented by Chicago Human Rhythm Project Global Rhythms 4 and lead title sponsor Target Tuesday, November 25, 2008 12:30 PM Harris Theater for Music and Dance 205 East Randolph, Chicago
The Chicago Human Rhythm Project presents Brazilian “body-band” Barbatuques in this Global Rhythms presentation, the group’s North American premier. The 14-person band, founded by Fernando Barba, creates a unique style by using the body as its sole instrument. Through chanting, stomping, body drumming and other vocal and movement techniques, Barbatuques builds a sound that is truly international in its scope of influence. The group’s performance style emphasizes the value of the human body as both the inspiration for and the means of constructing artwork.