This Sunday (5 July) we will be hosting a vibrant day of dance, music and storytelling, incorporating a broad range of styles and cultures from the African Diaspora. With the weather behaving so well, the performances will take place in our gardens, featuring new, colourful plants.
Rehearsals in our sunken garden
With so many exciting performances planned, we’ve briefly summarised just three of them to give you a cheeky preview.
Tavaziva are one of the UK’s leading African-contemporary touring dance companies, their work often portrays challenging and current topics rooted in African cultures. On Sunday, they will open African Dance! With When King Gogo met the Chameleon.
Inspired by traditional African tales, this spell-binding high energy, engaging adventure follows the adventures of numerous characters and the quest to marry the princess.
Ballet Nimba is based on the "African Ballet" tradition which was born in Guinea to tell the stories of the Griots, travelling musicians and the region's oral historians. Their performance Dance of Joy incorporates a blend of mesmerizing flute, outstanding percussive beats, soaring vocals, and, of course, dynamic dancers.
Weaving together music, dance and storytelling this piece will depict a narrative tracing a child’s life. The piece will explore the objects from the collection in their natural habitats, their use in the everyday life of Africans and their importance to African history across the world.
To see the full programme of events click here and we’ll see you on Sunday.