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Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre, in collaboration with Creoternity Theatre, introduces UNGANISHA, a dance theatre showcase celebrating the history and influence of African culture on modern dance.

Synopsis

A young dancer, Unganisha, sets out on a life-changing journey in search of the “source”, a long-lost mother from five centuries past who is the connector of African dance. On this journey, Unganisha recounts a rollercoaster of past experiences that have shaped today’s dance forms. Through Unganisha’s eyes, we see an assortment of modern dance performances and go down a memory lane of stunning, nostalgic visuals. Salsa, Jazz, Tap, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Caribbean, Hip-hop, Step, Capoeira, and Samba, this journey is an exhilarating ride of discovery.

UNGANISHA is Calgary’s Black History Month preeminent event.

To help increase awareness of Black History Month in Calgary, and the public understanding of diversity and history of the African diaspora, UNGANISHA is offering a glimpse at some of the city’s best dance performers and choreographers while providing an opportunity to educate audiences about the lesser-known origins of the most popular forms of dance. The showcase will include Tap, Jazz, Hip-hop, Samba, Salsa, Capoeira, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Caribbean and Step dance.

UNGANISHA is connecting Calgary’s community.

UNGANISHA, meaning “Connect” in Swahili, will highlight the interaction of cultures that created each dance style, identifying each as both owing to African traditions and distinctly belonging to modern popular culture. By demystifying the origins of each style, UNGANISHA hopes to create an inclusive space where participants are invited to feel connected to the story, either through their own cultural heritage or simply as active agents in the modern world. Though the historical circumstances around the origins of these styles are closely tied to colonialism and slavery (a fact that should not be forgotten), this project purposely takes a more inclusive, multicultural position, focusing on the creative possibilities that emerge when different peoples, cultures and artistic traditions intermingle.

UNGANISHA celebrates diversity in Calgary through the Arts.

We believe there is a need for further understanding and appreciation of the contribution that Africans and other marginalized people have made to popular culture. UNGANISHA celebrates Calgary’s growing diversity through this new cultural education showcase in our community.

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