October 15, 2014 by Nicole
The Center for Contemporary Dance presents its winter concert, MAKULU: A Contemporary African Ballet, at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 6 at Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park. Special $10 Early Bird tickets are available now through October 25, with proceeds going to Give Kids the Arts!
Featuring students of all ages and the organization’s pre-professional dancers, MAKULU (mah-koo-loo) fuses West African and contemporary choreography inspired by the ecological phenomenon of the Great Serengeti Migration, which annually involves the unified movement of thousands of wildebeest and zebra across the African continent.
Using animal allegories to highlight the importance of family, MAKULU tells the story of a mother wildebeest’s courageous journey to bring home her newborn calf and reunite with her herd. Under the artistic direction of Dario J. Moore, MAKULU brings together cultural music, contemporary West African dance and poetic narration by favorite Oprah guest Dr. Tererai Trent, offering audiences of all ages a unique alternative holiday dance show.
Upon learning about the allegory-rich MAKULU, Dr. Trent was eager to be involved. Trent is a Zimbabwean-American whose unlikely educational success brought her international fame. Her life story was featured in the book “Half the Sky” and, was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. In 2011, Winfrey revealed that Trent was her all-time favorite guest, and donated $1.5 million so Trent could build a school in her Zimbabwean village. “I grew up with a grandmother who always taught and imparted the ways of her ancestors through the wisdom of wild animals. My ancestors are being honored through my involvement in MAKULU,” says Trent.
“MAKULU means ‘strong woman chief’ in Zulu,” explains Moore. “Like the character of MAKULU, Dr. Trent is a symbol of strength, resilience and achievement. Through the stories of these inspiring female characters, we are reminded of our own potential for achieving excellence. Above all else, MAKULU is a celebration of family, love and miracles, which are universal ideals seen in all cultures.”
Dance works in MAKULU highlight a diverse cast of more than 80 students and are choreographed by faculty members and artists from The Center for Contemporary Dance, including Artistic Director Dario J. Moore, Jennia Shanley, Margo Blake, Mary Love Ward, Nikki Peña and Dawn Stewart-Branch.
All proceeds from ticket sales benefit Give Kids the Arts! which annually provides more than 5,000 at-risk youth access to free dance education experiences.
MAKULU: A Contemporary African Ballet
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Trinity Preparatory School
5700 Trinity Prep Lane
Winter Park, FL 32792
Tickets: $10 through 10/25/14
Regular ticket price of $12 resumes at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, October 25, 2014
$12 (advance), $15 (at the door); $25 (VIP premium reserved seating)
Call (407) 695-8366 or purchase online.