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BAM DanceAfrica 2010: African Rhythms/American Echoes

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BAM Presents DanceAfrica 2010:
African Rhythms/American Echoes

Under the artistic direction of Chuck Davis.

The 33rd annual DanceAfrica festival (May 22–31) features Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Illstyle & Peace Productions, the Pamodzi Dance Troupe of Zambia, and BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble

Opening Ceremony on Saturday, May 22 at 10am at Weeksville Heritage Center
(open to the public for the first time)

Celebratory Memorial Day Weekend tradition includes the DanceAfrica Bazaar, African films, master classes, and an art exhibition

DanceAfrica 2010
African Rhythms/American Echoes
Dallas Black Dance Theatre (Dallas)
Illstyle & Peace Productions (Philadephia)
Pamodzi Dance Troupe (Zambia), and
BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble (Brooklyn)

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House (30 Lafayette Ave)
May 28 at 7:30pm
May 29 at 2 and 7:30pm
May 30 and 31 at 3pm

Tickets: $20, 30, 40, 50 (Half price for children 16 and under)
For more Information: BAM.org or 718.636.4100

DanceAfrica film program at BAMcinématek

For DanceAfrica 2010, BAMcinématek will present eight films from the African Film Festival, Inc.’s Traveling Series. This year’s series features films from Chad, Kenya, Senegal, Zimbabwe, and includes Sex, Okra, and Salted Butter (2008) a new comedy from Mahamet-Saleh Haroun, the director of Daratt (2006).
For press information, contact Gabriele Caroti at gcaroti@BAM.org or 718.636.4129 x3

BAM Rose Cinemas (30 Lafayette Ave.)
Tickets: $12 per screening for adults; $9 for seniors 65 and over, and children under 12; $9 for students 25 and under with valid I.D. (Monday–Thursday, except holidays); $8 BAM Cinema Club Members
Tickets available by phone at 718.777.FILM or by visiting BAM.org

Friday, May 28 at 2, 6:50pm
From a Whisper (2009) 90min
Directed by Wanuri Kahiu, Kenya
Commemorating the 10th anniversary of the August 1998 terrorist bombing of the US Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, in which over 250 people died and more than 5,000 were injured, From a Whisper reveals how an artist and an intelligence officer find unique ways to move on from the tragedy.

Friday, May 28 at 4:30, 9:15pm
Kaay Fi (Come Here) (2006) 52min
Directed by Zapo Babilee, Senegal
Discover the rich traditions of the Faye family as they prepare for a party called a tànnibéér, with footage of children learning to play the sabar drums, a tailor preparing the outfits, and the magnificent playing and dancing by the Faye family.

Preceded by Nora (2008)
Directed by David Hinton, Alla Kovgan, UK/US.
Zimbabwean dancer Nora Chipaumire relives vivid memories of her youth.

Saturday, May 29 at 2, 4:30pm
Azur and Asmar (2006) 99min
Directed by Michel Ocelot, France
The director of the beloved animated family films Kirikou and the Sorceress and Kirikou and the Wild Beasts returns with a delightful fairy tale set in North Africa. A jewel-toned visual palette inspired by Islamic art creates a magical world where two boys raised as brothers go on a quest to free a captive fairy. In French and Arabic with English subtitles.

Saturday, May 29 at 6:50, 9:15pm
Sex, Okra, and Salted Butter (Sexe, gombo at beurre sale) (2008) 81min
Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Chad
Haroun (Daratt) reveals an incredible sense of humor in this comedy. An extra-marital affair leads to Hortense’s separation from her very traditional African husband, who is in for a ride as he learns about
her love affair, his eldest son’s secret love life, and the responsibilities of single parenthood. In French
with English subtitles.

Sunday, May 30 at 2, 6:50pm
Movement (R)evolution Africa (2007) 65min
Directed by Joan Frosch and Alla Kovgan, USA
This astonishing exposition of nine African choreographers from Senegal to South Africa challenges stale stereotypes of “traditional Africa” and unveils soul-shaking responses to the beauty and tragedy of 21st century Africa.

Preceded by Area Boys (2008) 25min
Directed by Omelihu Nwanguma, Nigeria
Lifelong friends Bode and Obi decide to repent their corrupt way of life.

Sunday, May 30 at 4:30, 9:15pm
Wrestling Grounds (L’Appel aes arènes) (2006) 105min
Directed by Cheikh Ndiaye, Senegal
When 17-year-old Nalla joins a champion wrestling team, he learns that wrestling is about more than muscles, money, and ladies. Wrestling Grounds twists the familiar images of Africa, cutting from nightclubs to ancestral ceremonies to streets where boomboxes play and athletes in traditional dress and sneakers dance their way to victory.

Monday, May 31 at 2, 6:50pm
African Shorts Program 89min
This program from the African Film Festival includes Saint Louis Blues (Un transport en commun) (2003) directed by Dyana Gaye, France/Senegal; Coming of Age (2007) directed by Judy Kibinge, Kenya; and Bronx Princess (2008) directed by Yoni Brooke, Musa Syeed.

Monday, May 31 at 4:30, 9:15pm
In My Genes (2008) 78min

Directed by Lupita Nyong’o, Kenya
What is it like to be “white” in a “black” society? Agnes, a woman with albinism, overcomes the difficulties of being born with no pigment in a society that discriminates against the condition. In My Genes asks us to consider how it feels to be a member of one of the most hyper-visible and yet effectively invisible groups of people in a predominantly black society.

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