Carver Community Cultural Center (the Carver):
“Throughout the course of this exciting program, Lannaya performers demonstrate and explain the origins of a variety of traditional West African instruments, including the djembé drum, djun djun and that the style of an instrument, along with materials used, are dependent on the local environment.
Within African culture, as in many other cultures, rhythm and music are a large part of daily life. Songs and dances complement living—from the mundane to the major. Ancient, traditional stories are characterized via live drumming and dance to recognize and celebrate occasions and milestones, including: courtship and marriage, children’s rites of passage, childbirth, nature, planting and harvesting crops, hunting, and the sheer joy of creative movement.”
Tapestry Dance Company presents Espirit! April 16-26 at the Long Center:
“Following the highly successful Esprit! at the Paramount Theatre where Director Paul Buetel hailed this production as “the best show we’ve had this season!”, this concert once again brings together some of Austin’s finest world dance artists in collaboration with Tapestry to celebrate world spirit and dance! Under the direction of Artistic Director Acia Gray (premiere member of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame by the Austin Critic’s Table), this exciting evening brings the rhythms and colors from around the world in a collaborative evening of tradition and contemporary creation with the artists of Tapestry Dance Company. Guests and collaborators include Roy Lozano’s Ballet Folklorico, Anu Naimpally, The Irish Dance Company. Love of China, The Lannaya Drum & Dance Ensemble and Zein Al-Jundi!”