The region's premier professional West African dance company-Afriky Lolo-will host its 10th Annual African Dance Celebration on Saturday, May 18 at 8 p.m. at the Edison Theater. Tickets for the performance are $25. The performance, entitled "Life," will feature guest performances by the Saint Louis Osuwa Taiko Drummers, the local organization that performs and preserves the art of Japanese ensemble drumming. This year's dance celebration is dedicated to and in honor of children suffering in Africa and beyond.
WHO: Afriky Lolo
WHAT: "Life" - 10th Annual African Dance Celebration
WHEN: Saturday, May 18 at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Edison Theatre, located in the Mallinckrodt Center at Washington University
TICKETS: $25 (General Admission)
Tickets are available for purchase through Brown Paper Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/360093
One of the most delightful aspects of Afriky Lolo's Annual African Dance Celebration is the authentic costume design. The company imports colorful costumes from Mali and Ivory Coast. The local wardrobe team also hand stitches many of the costumes.
After staging sold-out performances over the past years and, most recently, traveling the country to teach dance at universities and colleges, celebrated West African choreographer and Afriky Lolo's artistic and executive director Diadie Bathily(pronounced Jah-jee Bah-chilly) returns, leading the company in another exciting performance that takes audiences on a captivating journey of West African culture and history through dance. There's never a dull moment. Bright colors and movement are always present on stage, making it the perfect production for both adults and kids.
For more information on Afriky Lolo, visit www.afrikylolo.org.
About Afriky Lolo:
Afriky Lolo is a non-profit organization that is committed to bringing West African dance and culture to the communities of St. Louis, Metro East and the greater Eastern Missouri region through teaching and performing. Founded by Diadié Bathily in 2003, the company has 54 dancers, ranging in age from 6 to over 60, and eight drummers. Afriky Lolo, meaning African Star, offers educational programs to area schools and performs traditional West African dance locally and nationally year-round.