This vibrant music and dance extravaganza features a cast of performers ages 8-18 who have traveled from halfway around the world in celebration of their passion for the arts and their joy for life. The moving - both physically and emotionally - performers use exuberant drumming, exhilarating choreography, layered rhythms, and call-and-response vocals to share the culture of their East African homeland.
“Invigorating the stage with that elusive thing called joy.”The New York Times
Led by 30-year old Artistic Director and master of ceremonies, Peter Kasule, and produced by Empower African Children, Spirit of Uganda brings a dual message of hope and awareness. Combined with cultural African traditions are contemporary concerns that address real life issues that have affected the children personally, such as devastation in the wake of illness, poverty and war. Empower African Children is a non-profit organization working to help the young people of Uganda develop leadership skills, get educated and tell their own stories through the arts.
MATINEE PRESENTED AS PART OF BIG RED CHAIR FAMILY SERIES.
RECOMMENDED FOR AGES 8 AND UP.
Spirit of Uganda Electronic Program Notes
These performances have been made possible with support from the Stanley & Marion Bergman Family Charitable Fund in cooperation with Miracle Corners of the World (MCW) and NYU Africa House.
This tour of Spirit of Uganda is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Skirball Center's Big Red Chair Family Series is made possible in part with generous support from Joan Ganz Cooney and L. Jay and Mary Ellen Oliva with additional support from Con Edison for family educational and enrichment programming.