For Immediate Release
April 15, 2013
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Brockport, NY– After consistently selling out their previous four-performance engagements, the Department of Dance at The College at Brockport will present the Sankofa African Dance and Drum Ensemble for a total of five performances this year. The troupe, which is under the artistic direction of Clyde Alafiju Morgan and the musical direction of Khalid Abdul N’Faly Saleem, will perform on Thursday through Saturday evenings, May 2 – 4, 2013, at 7:30 pm and on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, May 4 and 5, at 2 pm in Hartwell Dance Theater, Kenyon Street, on the Brockport campus. Ticket prices are $15/General, $10/Seniors, College at Brockport Alumni, Faculty and Staff and $8/Students and are available by phone at (585) 395-2787 or at the Tower Fine Arts Center Box Office. Visit www.brockport.edu/finearts for more information.
For this year’s concerts, Morgan and Saleem are joined by guest artist Yesutor Kotoka. Kotoka was trained in traditional music and dance in her native Ghana, where she was part of several companies before being invited to teach at Syracuse University. She serves as part of the international faculty for the New York Institute of Dance and Education, and the Syracuse School of Dance, and is the co-founder of the Syracuse-based Adanfo African Dance Ensemble, and continues to perform and teach nationally and internationally.
The Sankofa troupe continues to garner accolades. They received an award from the Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester in 2011, and were honored earlier this month by being asked to perform in Albany by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher at the Chancellor’s Awards ceremony.
In addition to works by Morgan, Saleem and Kotoka, the concert will feature pieces set on students from the dance department by undergraduate and graduate choreographers as well as alumni and other department faculty. Eddie Murphy, known for his Irish dance works, has created “Spiritual,” a dance that depicts three men as they prepare for Sunday church services. Molly Christie Gonzalez ’11 continues to explore Latin influences in her work, “Candela.” Rounding out the program are pieces by Marcia Vanderlee, Oluyinka Akinjiola and Jasmine Perez. The concerts traditionally end with Morgan’s “Ijexa,” named for the life-affirming rhythm that is the backbone of Carnivale celebrations, which sends audiences out of the theatre on an almost tangible high. The Sankofa concerts often sell out even before the first performance takes place, which was one of the reasons for the additional matinee. If that is not the case, any previously unsold tickets will be available for purchase at the Hartwell Box Office one hour prior to each performance.
Photos: Image 1: Yesutor Kotoka, guest artist, will appear with the Sankofa African Dance and Drum Ensemble at The College at Brockport on May 2 – 4, 2013, at 7:30 pm, and May 4 and 5 at 2 pm. Image 2: Clyde Morgan is the artistic director of the Sankofa African Dance and Drum Ensemble, appearing at The College at Brockport on May 2 – 4, 2013, at 7:30 pm, and May 4 and 5 at 2 pm. Image 3: The Sankofa African Dance and Drum Ensemble will appear at The College at Brockport for five performances on May 2 – 4, 2013, at 7:30 pm, and May 4 and 5 at 2 pm.
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