Voices of Strength: Contemporary Dance and Theater by Women from Africa

What do you picture when you hear the words “African dance”? For most, the phrase conjures images of rhythmic movement based in tribal heritage. But of course in reality, African dance is as varied as the continent itself. Voices of Strength: Contemporary Dance and Theater by Women from Africa is a “mini-festival” that aims to challenge your thinking about African dance—and on a grander scale, about the women who live, work, struggle and celebrate there today. Kettly Noël (from Mali) and Nelisiwe Xaba (from South Africa) present “Correspondances,” a duet that addresses female friendship, body image, race and other themes through striking contemporary movement and humor. “Madame Plaza,” by Moroccan Bouchra Ouizguen, is a modern exploration of the century-old local tradition of Aïtas—revered and reviled women who translate emotions into song, dance and poetry. In “Sombra,” Mozambique choreographer Maria Helena Pinto dances a solo piece honoring the women who toil in the shadows. And in “Quartiers Libres,” Nadia Beugré (from Ivory Coast) uses a dance solo (and countless plastic water bottles) to depict the friction between personal freedom and cultural mores. In the end it seems the voices of African women sound a lot like our own.—BRANGIEN DAVIS

September 28-29

8pm

Moore Theater
1932 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
206.682.1414
$30

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