by Robert Agler
Dobet Gnahoré Explores African Cultures Through Music
Ivory Coast singer, dancer and percussionist Dobet Gnahoré will bring her unique blend of music to Montgomery County Community College’s Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 8 p.m. For information and tickets, visit www.mc3.edu/livelyarts or call 215-641-6518.
Learning the Bété tradition from her father, master-percussionist Boni Gnahoré, Dobet Gnahoré presents African cultures to the audience in a unique way. She incorporates lighting, choreography and jazz-inspired music into her exploration of African political society, while she sings in the native languages of Sub-Saharan peoples.
Gnahoré was a part of the famous Tché Tché dance company until she left to form musical group Ano Neko with French guitarist Colin Laroche de Feline.
Tickets for Gnahoré’s performance cost $28 for general admission, $24 for seniors, $18 for students, and $12 for children.
For more information on Dobet Gnahoré, visit www.imnworld.com/artists/detail/112/dobet-gnahor.
Ragamala Dance Company Presents ‘Sacred Earth’
Ragamala Dance Company will perform its latest work, “Sacred Earth” on Friday, Nov. 18, at 8 p.m. at Montgomery County Community College’s Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.
Tickets cost $28 for general admission, $24 for seniors, $18 for students, and $12 for children.
For information and tickets, visit www.mc3.edu/livelyarts or call 215-641-6518.
As a part of the Young Arts Explorers program, the Company will also present a children’s show on Thursday Nov. 17 at 10:30 a.m. General admission tickets cost $5.
Ragamala is a style of dance based on the traditional Bharatanatyam, which is the oldest Indian dance system in the world. The Ragamala Dance Company expands on the uniquely traditional dance by incorporating contemporary elements.
In the Company’s latest work, “Sacred Earth,” each dancer summons the spirituality of his or her earthly connection into tangible existence against a backdrop of kolam paintings from the Warli folk artist Anil Chaitya Vangad.
Ragamala’s performance is supported by grants from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program, and the MetLife Community Connections Fund of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project.
To learn more about the Ragamala Dance Company, visit www.ragamala.net.