Sankofa Dance Theater
presents world-class, authentic African art in the form of dance, music, and folkways for national and international audiences.
The Company is currently booking performances, workshops, master classes, and residencies.
Maryland School Shows ... call: (410) 837-7577
All other requests ... call (443) 398-6627
Sankofa Dance Theater Performance Options
The following represents a list of performance options that can be brought to you by the Sankofa Dance Theater. This list is by no means complete and is offered as a starting point as you create a very special performance experience that will include the magic of the Sankofa Dance Theater. We encourage you to discuss your entire vision with us so that we may tailor an event to fit your specific needs.
SANKOFA DANCE THEATER IN CONCERT
A concert by the Sankofa Dance Theater is an event that stands alone….. perfect for a "dress up night on the town", a celebration of African heritage, or a tribute to multicultural diversity. The company presents the drumming, dancing, music, songs, and stories born of the traditions of Africa in a format choreographed for stage presentation…with colorful, vibrant, artful costumes that are skillfully designed and crafted to take you on an imaginary journey to the "Motherland".
Celebrate the African spirit through the pulsating drums, electrifying dance, and spectacular
costumes of the Sankofa Dance Theater. The company brings New World choreography and texture to the Old World traditions of Africa.
Concert events are designed for a full stage venue only.
Each concert event includes a 10-15 minute intermission.
Performance options include:
" 1 hour concert
" 2 hour concert
*Note: All concerts include a Sankofa Dance Theater information table with SDT literature and/or tee shirts. (presenter must supply table)
A "Showcase Performance" by the Sankofa Dance Theater is the perfect highlight for an event of any kind. The Company presents five electrifying numbers charged with ethnic authenticity. Each showcase performance includes five numbers performed by professional African dancers and drummers
*DRUM CALL & PROCESSIONAL*
*OPENING DANCE PIECE*
*AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION OR MUSICAL*
*CLOSING DANCE PIECE*
*DRUM CALL AND RECESSIONAL*
The dancers and drummers create the magic of "Sankofa" in full traditional African "costumes", and all music is live percussion…sure to diversify, entertain, and awaken.
Performance Duration: 35-45 minutes
This unique ensemble is comprised of very talented men and women. In the tradition of the Sankofa Dance Theater, they bring magic to the harmonies, melodies, rhythms, and vocal styles of the African and African-American
Musical tradition. They are the storytellers, musicians, and historians, reaching into the rich legacy of the Motherland" to bring forth an art form for the next millennium. Their repertoire spans across time from ancient African calls, chants, and songs to new world hip hop with the rhythmic, pulsating variety of percussion blended to create music…sounds become ONE. Performances are customized.
AFRICAN DANCE OR DRUM WORKSHOPS
Sankofa Dance Theater offers workshops that feature traditional African Dance or Drum technique. Dance classes often feature movements from the Casssamance Region of Senegal, West Africa ... movements that are chosen because of they bring an upright flowing beauty while at the same time giving the spirit that follows the path of the rhythm that is intrinsic to the pulsating, pounding wonderfully repetitious, yet always unique beat of Africa. Drum classes feature traditional African percussive technique and Djembe orchestration. Dance and Drum Workshops are actual classes that can be tailored to meet the needs of your group. From "introduction to African Technique" to "Master Class" in Traditional Movement". All classes are taught in three segments:
1. A total body workout to stretch, warm, and strengthen the muscles that will be used as ancient traditions come alive on the dance floor
2. A Walk-through and break down to teach movements and dance nuances steeped with the rich history of a time gone by
3. Full movements are danced across the floor as members of the SDT djembe orchestra connect drum and dance as one spirit of motion and sound
Or, request a "Drum Circle Series". Let your spirit follow the path of the rhythm that is intrinsic to the pulsating, pounding wonderfully repetitious, yet always unique beat of ethnicity.
The Sankofa Dance Theater educational performance series was created by Kibibi Ajanku as a point of reference and an introduction to African culture. The well trained performance ensemble is composed of arts educators who utilize the dance, music, and stories rooted in Africa and the African Diaspora to build cultural sensitivity, expand diversity, and create ethnic awareness. The performances include traditional drum and dance, as well as, history, storytelling, and folkways as a vehicle to bridge the cultural gap between people of all backgrounds.
The 45-55 minute presentations given by the Sankofa Dance Theater are designed to lead young people on an exploration of some of the wonders and attributes of the continent of Africa. Each of the following performances offers an interactive experience the form of dance, song, drumming, and storytelling, allowing for audience participation along the way.
Traditionally, African art forms are woven into the fabric of day-to-day life. Dance is a big part of the history of life in an African village. The theme for this presentation is "the reasons why we dance". It paints a picture of the West African culture against a colorful backdrop of traditional African music, song, and dance. The young people are asked to join in audience participation.
The VILLAGE VOICES performers take the audience on a journey through West Africa utilizing the "rhythms of the "Motherland". The drummers lead an exploration of polyrhythmic approaches to percussion in a way that is both fun and informative. Viewers come above as they become a part of the performance through hands-on audience participation.
In the African village, a person trained as a "Griot" would act as an educator and historian, memorizing the history of an area and imparting that knowledge to the village members. Now the Village Voices teller of tales reaches back into the rich legacy of African culture and history, taking the audience on a journey to places where life's secrets and "do's and don'ts are learned through storytelling. Lend us your ears, your hearts, and your imaginations as you, too, become involved.
BOOKING & TRAVEL CHARGES
To schedule programs, contact Sankofa Dance Theater. Please be prepared with dates, times, venue description, and number of people attending each performance.
When the Sankofa Dance Theater travels more than 25 miles from Baltimore, Maryland, a charge will be added to the cost of the program that will be accessed based on distance and travel time. The additional charge may reflect other transportation needs when applicable. When artists are required to stay over night, sponsors must provide housing and meals or a supplemental per diem to cover expenses.
Sankofa Dance Theater is the voice of the past, forever-reaching forward to carry the light of understanding into the future. Join the quest by calling for a performance, workshop, or customized class.
For Booking Information:
phone: (443) 398-6627
Maryland School Shows: (410) 837-7577