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BRAVA Theater, 2781 24th Street San Francisco, California 94110


About the event

This original work by one of the Bay Area’s foremost West African dance companies, explores a personal journey and its universal expression in ritual. It blends traditional West African dance with contemporary American influences and features both traditional and pop music from Senegal and Mali. This dynamic suite has four scenes, beginning with, JUSAT, which represents the cyclical stages of life’s trajectory. The piece uses traditional West African dance and music as its focal point, which is enhanced by contemporary moves and music. The next scene, The Birth, is based on an old myth. Mawa, in a thunderous conversation with his demi-gods, sends his strongest, most beautiful, goddesses down to earth to give birth to the children and nations of Africa. The demi-gods bequeath her the power needed to accomplish this; a piercing scream is heard as she brings forth the children. The third section, called The Initiation, speaks to the joy and pride experienced by a mother and father when their children have grown up and returned from the secret society as respectable young men or women. Their esteem is both for their children’s coming of age and also for the veneration of the family’s ancestral divinities and connection to nature. In the closing scene, The Harvest depicts the time in a parent’s life to give back to the young people for being so courageous. The community harvests its best crops in preparation of a grand celebration lasting several days with enough crops harvested and animals killed and prepared for the feast to satisfy everyone’s appetite. Audience members are invited to a reception with the artists following the performance.

Esta obra original de una de las compañías de danza más importantes de África Occidental del Área de la Bahía explora un viaje personal y su expresión universal en el ritual. Combina la danza tradicional de África Occidental con influencias estadounidenses contemporáneas y presenta música tradicional y pop de Senegal y Malí. Esta suite dinámica tiene cuatro escenas, comenzando con JUSAT, que representa las etapas cíclicas de la trayectoria de la vida. La pieza utiliza la danza y la música tradicionales de África occidental como punto focal, que se ve reforzada por movimientos y música contemporáneos.

Diamano Coura West African Dance Company

Diamano Coura is a not-for-profit community African arts organization with a cultural focus. Located at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts in the City of Oakland, the Company is dedicated to: The preservation, education, and appreciation of traditional West African music, dance, theater, and culture through public benefit ventures. The mission of Diamano Coura is to provide global audiences access to the richness of indigenous African cultural tapestry through professional classes, performances, and the accurate depiction and perpetuation of African folklore indigenous Senegal, Guinea, Mali, Liberia, and Ivory Coast, whereby it can be understood and appreciated by all. Diamano Coura is committed to partnering with other artists and community members to use the inherent power of the arts to break barriers that stagnate to open corridors that encourage social and economic development, while fostering health and spiritual health and well-being. Diamano Coura in the Senegalese Wolof language means "those who bring the message."


Diamano Coura West African Dance Company

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$20 - $28

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BRAVA Theater, 2781 24th Street San Francisco, California 94110
Small Theater
No kids under 5 years old

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