Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A little modern Africa in Bed-Stuy

Gracing our stage as a front liner this Saturday, Aug. 22nd is Darnetha Lincoln M'Baye. She'll be performing her solo piece for us at theCOMPOUNDbrooklyn + bk farmyards. Her main focus in dance is Sabar and Kutiro, forms of Senegalese dance that consists of combinations that are less weighted to the ground than other styles, and incorporates lots of hip twisting, jumping, arm swinging and high knee lifting... super energetic to say the least. Her performance starts @ 4pm. Don't miss it...

Though she harbored a love for dance as a child, Darnetha Lincoln M'Baye began formal studying while at Wake Forest University. Her training there included modern, jazz and hip-hop, and she co-choreographed two suites for the company, “Sunday Side Up” (1993) and “The Artist Formerly Known As...” (1994). Her dance vocabulary expanded to African dance in 1995 , joining African Caribbean Dance Theater and performing as a Guest Artist with Orchesis Contemporary Dance Theatre. In New York, she worked with several companies, including the group from Cote D’Ivoire, Mamadou Dahoue and The Ancestral Messengers. She also worked with Bousso Dance Company with whom she was featured in a dance-drama combining dance, theater and song. She left this company to join Aminata Gueye Dance Company, specializing in Senegalese dance. Darnetha began teaching in 2002, giving open-level classes and workshops at many venues around New York City. She also teaches creative movement to elementary-aged children as a Teaching Artist for Notes In Motion Dance Company and Community Works. Darnetha also worked as a Guest Choreographer for Long Island University’s Post Concert Dance Company. She introduced the students to Sabar dance and created two original works - My Many Women (traditional African) and Teey. Dole. Fit. (African-based contemporary). When not on the stage with Roots In Revolution, Darnetha performs with Sing Sing Rhythms, a drum ensemble specializing in music from Senegal. The group has performed throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada, including Lincoln Center, The Apollo Theater, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park SummerStage and Festival Nuit D’Afrique.

For more of Darnetha, http://www.dlmdance.com or http://www.rootsinrevolution.com

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