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Mbulelo Ndabeni N'da Dance Company presents
NaY Triple Bill
Friday 15 September
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In a nutshell
Mbulelo Ndabeni stages an evening of thought provoking works in collaboration with Yinka Esi Graves, Dr Omar Timberlake and Carolyn Bolton exploring the notion of masculine, feminine and conflict.
Featuring 2 generations of female drummers, Yemalla and AkomaAsa, lead by guest drummer Angie Amra Anderson, including creative collaborators Yinka Esi Graves, Dr Omar Timberlake and guest choreographer/co-creator Carolyn Bolton, with a curtain raiser from Artistry Youth Dance with ‘I Matter’ extract performed by female dancers, choreographed by Mbulelo Ndabeni. Dancer and choreographer Mbulelo Ndabeni performs in all three works. Hosted by Akosua Boakye.
N'da dance facilitates a platform for artists to celebrate, explore, investigate, challenge and empower themselves and the audience, whilst paying homage to tribal South African culture and heritage. The company aims to create ambitious productions, influenced by the diverse cultures that are represented by those we collaborate with, which contributes and offers something unique and different to mainstream dance.
What to Expect
Live drumming by YEMALLA drummers and AkomaAsa, original musical compositions by Roberto David Rusconi, Anna Appleby including recorded music.
There will also be workshops held on Sat 16 Sep! An exploration into the process of the the NaY triple Bill - come and join either the Advanced Cunningham Technique Class, the community focused South African and Flamenco, or the Drumming with YEMALLA. Find out more here.
Mbulelo Ndabeni | N'da dance, collaborates with composers, performers, choreographers, designers, visual artists and many others, to challenge and empower them to take risks and break the stereotypes of what is expected in the creation and showcasing of dance.
Carolyn Bolton is an American choreographer from Columbia, South Carolina currently a dancer at Rambert. Her works have been shown at Rambert’s Choreographic platform, Resolution 2017 at The Place, The National Theatre’s Riverstage, and The Future programme at The Lowry in Salford Quays.
Yinka Esi Graves is a British Flamenco dancer. Her dance journey has taken her from ballet, jazz and afro-cuban dancing at a young age, to studying Flamenco in Spain in the world renowned school Amor de Dios with artists such as La Lupi, Manuel Reyes and Pepa Molina.
Sherry Coenen has been lighting shows in the US and UK since graduating with a BFA in Lighting Design from the University of Miami in 2003. Shows include: This is How We Die (UK Tour), Africarmen (UK Tour), Cinderella (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch), Skin Tight (Park90), CELL (UK Tour), Conquest of the South Pole (Arcola), Moby-Dick (Arcola), These Trees are Made of Blood (Arcola), Brrr! (UK Tour), 5 Guys Chillin’ (Kings Head), Anton Chekhov (Hampstead Theatre).
Angie Amra Anderson BA (Hons) has contributed to the research and development of African and Caribbean arts since 1974. She co-founded the pioneering award-winning Ekome National Dance Company, which took England and Europe by storm for over a decade. In October 2016, she received her first ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’
YEMALLA drumming and singing. African Goddess of the Sea is a nurturing energy that soothes and is representative of the mother who does not give her power away. Spirit is the key to everything we desire practiced through our common interest and love of the African drum, song and dance.
Artistry Youth Dance is a vibrant youth dance company that showcases and celebrates aspiring performers of African and Caribbean descent, aged 14-19 years. With a focus on Jazz and Contemporary dance, we aim to provide training and performance opportunities for our Company members, showcasing their talents and celebrating their artistry.
Akosua Boakye is the founder and director of AkomaAsa Performing Arts Academy (APAA). AkomaAsa works to build and develop children and young people to, commit to learning to improve their ability to engage socially and academically whilst maximizing their capabilities to confidently engage in a culturally diverse society.
What people are saying
'There is an energy and drive to Mbulelo's work that is inspirational and exciting’ Susannah Kraft Levene
'Mbulelo Ndabeni, Thank you so much for a bold, extraordinary and satiating work.' Katy Noakes – Programmer
'Your work was so powerful and moving, it was fantastic.' Ellen Chambers – DCD
Why does Rich Mix matter?
'Rich Mix has a strong diverse programming from dance, family events, music and exhibitions. As an artists that is building an audience for his work and company, it's the perfect place to present my work and connect to my African community through its open and diverse following and programming.'
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Things you should know
This event is wheelchair accessible.
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