Kùlú Mèlé African Dance and Drum Ensemble traveled to Conakry, Guinea in West Africa for an intensive two-week residency with traditional artists Mariama Touré and M'Bemba Bangoura, and members of Les Ballets Africains and Les Merveilles D'Guinea. Kùlú Mèlé dancers participated in master classes in traditional Guinea dance and drumming styles, and were introduced to choreography from the ballet Mali Sadjo: The Legend of the Hippopotamus. In 2009, Kùlú Mèlé presented the US premiere of Mali Sadjo as part of its 40th anniversary season. The project culminated in a film documenting the group's time in Guinea that was presented at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute.
- Collaborators & ColleaguesSam Miller
Sam Miller is the former president of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and currently serves on the Board of Amrita in Phnom Penh. He served as a Center dance panelist and LOI panelist in 2013, Pew Fellowships evaluator in 2014, and Pew Fellowships Panel Chair in 2015.people-contentsam-miller
- Grants & GranteesSaayujya (The Merging)
Two of India's preeminent artists, Carnatic vocalist T.M. Krishna and bharata natyam dancer Priyadarsini Govind, will fuse classical South Indian music and dance in a world premiere that is the culmination of a two-year artistic collaboration, and is inspired by themes of liberty and freedom drawn from Philadelphia's history.grant-contentsaayujya-the-merging-