Brown University's Africanist Weekend will be held February 07, 2004 in Providence Rhode Island

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AFRICANIST WEEKEND 2004
YEREDON: THE BIENNALE CELEBRATION
Celebrating the Performance, Ritual and Healing Arts of the Diaspora
February 6 thru 8, 2004



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Ashamu Dance Studio
Catherine Bryan Dill Center for the Performing Arts
Brown University
Waterman Street
Between Brown and Thayer Streets
Providence Rhode Island
3 Nights of Celebration and Performances
2 Days of Workshops
Sponsored by
The Brown University Departments of Theater, Speech and Dance, Africana Studies, Music, Rites & Reason Theater, Pembroke Center
And the Office of the Chaplains & Religious Life.
Yeredon, Africanist Weekend Biennale Festival is coming to the Brown University campus February 6th, 7th and 8th. Educators, world-class musicians, dancers, actors, storytellers and ritualists are collaborating to create a weekend of ceremony, performance, and workshops. We invite you to come share this experience with us. An opening celebration will be held in the Ashamu Dance Studio on Friday night at 8pm. Workshops will be held all day on Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 am until 6:00 pm. 3 exciting days of performances will culminate in joyous celebration in true African ceremonial tradition.
We will be joined by several wonderful groups and many exciting individuals over the course of the weekend:
Rose Weaver is an acclaimed Providence thespian, with her scintillating and sassy one-woman show, Menopause Mama.
Frank Ward and Melody Ruffin-Ward are accomplished artists steeped in the tradition of African-American music and dance.
New York Dance Collective features intimate, spirit driven, contemporary dance theater performance.
Troupe Komee Josee is comprised of World Class musicians and dancers from Mali, West Africa.
Crossroads is composed of faculty and students at Brown who focuses on musical styles of Hip-Hop culture, Haitian and American Jazz.
New Works/World Traditions is Brown's own Performance Art and African Dance Ensemble.
Sacred Voices, Spiritual Leaders, Elders, Storytellers, and Traditional Musicians invite you to come celebrate and share in the spirit of the Diaspora.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6
A CALL TO THE VILLAGE: AFRICANIST WEEKEND OPENING CEREMONY
8 pm Ashamu Dance Studio
Ashamu Dance Studio is located at Brown's Catherine Bryan Dill Center for the Performing Arts located on Waterman between Thayer & Brown Streets. From Waterman, take the sidewalk that runs on the side of the greenhouuse. Look to your right and wyou will see Ashamu.
A call to participate and invoke sacred space with celebratory dance, singing, chanting, spoken word, live music, poetry and spiritual readings. Come join us in celebration! Guests include ROSE WEAVER, NEW WORKS/WORLD TRADITIONS, TROUPE KOMEE JOSEE, CROSSROADS, WORDS IN THE WIND, IYAMOOPO and THE HONORABLE THOMAS NIMELY YAYA. Tickets: $10 for Brown Students, $15 General Public

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7
CELEBRATING AFRICAN-AMERICAN EXPERIENCE THROUGH SONG AND DANCE
4:15 pm Ashamu Dance Studio
Ashamu Dance Studio is located at Brown's Catherine Bryan Dill Center for the Performing Arts located on Waterman between Thayer & Brown Streets. From Waterman, take the sidewalk that runs on the side of the greenhouuse. Look to the right and you will see Ashamu.
Share the sorrow and joy, hopes and dreams of the black experience through movement, text of black poets, and music by Black American composers, with Providence Opera baritone FRANK WARD and MELODY RUFFIN-WARD.
Tickets: $10 for Brown Students, $15 General Public

LIVE FOR LIBERIA!
Beneffit Church is located at 300 Weybosset Street in downtown Providence.
6:30 pm Beneficent Church, Downtown Providence Members of TROUPE KOMEE JOSEE makes a special appearance at the all-day rally as a prelude to appearances by Brown President, RUTH SIMMONS, U.S. Congressman PATRICK KENNEDY, Providence Mayor, DAVID CICILLINI, journalist HASSAN BILITY and others. Tickets: $10

** AFRICAN DANCE PARTY (hosted by New Works/World Traditions) **
10 pm - 2 am Ashamu Dance Studio
Ashamu Dance Studio is located at Brown's Catherine Bryan Dill Center for the Performing Arts located on Waterman between Thayer & Brown Streets. From Waterman, take the sidewalk that runs on the side of the greenhouuse. Look to your right and you will see Ashamu.
Come dance with us at a fundraiser for various New Works projects, including YEREDON - THE SAFFO PROJECT, a non-profit organization promoting women's and children's health in Mali, West Africa. With appearance by members of TROUPE KOMEE JOSEE. Tickets: $10 for Brown Students, $15 General Public

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SUNDAY FEBRUARY 8
THE SECRETS OF WOMEN/MOVEMENT MEMORIES
(Free Performance/Workshop)
2pm Ashamu Dance Studio
Ashamu Dance Studio is located at Brown's Catherine Bryan Dill Center for the Performing Arts located on Waterman between Thayer & Brown Streets. From Waterman, take the sidewalk that runs on the side of the greenhouuse. Look to your right and you will see Ashamu.
THE NEW YORK DANCE COLLECTIVE presents spirit-driven dance theatre to the music of Billy Holiday, Thelonius Monk and John Coltrane, followed by a workshop on creating dance as biography and community.

FINALE CONCERT
Ashamu Dance Studio is located at Brown's Catherine Bryan Dill Center for the Performing Arts located on Waterman between Thayer & Brown Streets. From Waterman, take the sidewalk that runs on the side of the greenhouuse. Look to your right and you will see Ashamu.
8pm Ashamu Dance Studio
Bring a joyous close to the weekend's activities with a grand celebration of the exuberance and vitality of the music, song and dance of Africa and the Diaspora. Enjoy performances by TROUPE KOMEE JOSEE, BAMIDELE DRUMMERS & DANCERS, NEW WORKS/WORLD TRADITIONS, and Guests. Tickets: $10 for Brown Students, $15 General Public

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
(subject to change)

SATURDAY 7 FEBRUARY
ASHAMU DANCE STUDIO
Ashamu Dance Studio is located at Brown's Catherine Bryan Dill Center for the Performing Arts located on Waterman between Thayer & Brown Streets. From Waterman, take the sidewalk that runs on the side of the greenhouuse. Look to the right and you will see Ashamu.
9.30am - 11am African Dance w/Troupe Komee Josee=
11.15am - 12.45pm African Dance w/Troupe Komee Josee=
2pm - 3.30pm African Dance w/Fatou Keita=

THE CAVE (LYMAN HALL 002)
Lyman is located on the Brown quad adjacent to Ashamu in back of Brown's Catherine Bryan Dill Center for the Performing Arts located on Waterman between Thayer & Brown Streets. From Waterman, take the sidewalk that runs on the side of the greenhouuse. Look to your right and look for a large stone building with a rounded door and tower.
9.30am - 11am Intro To Traditional Yoruba Thought and Culture
11.15am - 12.45pm Women's Spirituality w/Sakena Young-Skaggs
2pm - 4pm Rites of Passage w/Rose Weaver

LEUNG GALLERY
Leung Gallery is on the Main Green of Brown University Campus, on the second floor of Faunce House. Faunce Arch is located at the intersection of Waterman & Brown Streets
9.30am - 11am African Drumming w/Abdoul Doumbia
11.15am - 12.45pm Haitian Drumming/ Kera Washington/Claude St. Franc
3pm - 4.30pm Children's Dance w/Troupe Komee Josee=

LYMAN HALL 007
Lyman is located on the Brown quad adjacent to Ashamu in back of Brown's Catherine Bryan Dill Center for the Performing Arts located on Waterman between Thayer & Brown Streets. From Waterman, take the sidewalk that runs on the side of the greenhouuse. Look to your right for a large stone building with a rounded door and tower.
8.30am - 9.30am Educator's Workshop: Innovation and Tradition in Africa
9.30am - 11am Film Screening
11am - 12.45pm Lecture/Discussion w/Eric Charry & Paul Austerlitz

LIST ARTS CENTER 120 (MARLON RIGGS FILM FESTIVAL)
1.30 - 2.30 pm Film Screening: Color Adjustment
Marlon Riggs's study on Media and Race reveals the way in which the Television Age reluctantly and selectively integrated African-Americans into prime time. Television clips ranging from Amos 'n Andy to The Cosby Show illustrate how network watchdogs sublimated racial realities in determinedly non-controversial TV formats. Shows that depicted true-to-life situations were quickly canceled, often because sponsors demanded it. Successful programs frequently featured stereotypical or thoroughly assimilated characters. Riggs supplements his visual chronicle with behind-the-scenes commentary from actors Esther Rolle, Diahann Carroll, Denise Nicholas and Tim Reid; Hollywood producers Norman Lear, Steve Bochco and David Wolper; and culture critics Henry Gates, Jr. and Alvin Poussaint. Riggs's comprehensive analysis of prime-time race relations affirms the incisive observation made by James Baldwin in the quote that introduces the film: The country's image of the Negro, which hasn't very much to do with the Negro, has never failed to reflect with a kind of terrifying accuracy the state of mind of the country.
2.30 - 3.30 pm Film Screening: Ethnic Notions
Marlon Riggs's groundbreaking study dissects a disturbing underside of American popular culture by revealing the deep-rooted stereotypes that have fueled prejudice against blacks. In a searing procession of bigotry, Loyal Toms, carefree Sambos, faithful Mammies, leering Coons and wide-eyed Pickaninnies scroll across the screen in cartoons, feature films, popular songs, minstrel shows, advertisements, household bric-a-brac and children's rhymes. From the 1820s to the Civil Rights period, these grotesque caricatures of African-Americans were used by white Americans to justify oppression of blacks. They have become imbedded in the American psyche and resurrected, in recent times, in subtler but no less hurtful ways. Actor Esther Rolle narrates the film: several scholars explain these images and help put them in a historical context. 3.30 - 4.30 pm Film Screening: Tongues Untied
This is the acclaimed account of Black gay life by Emmy Award-winning director Marlon Riggs. Using poetry, personal testimony, rap and performance, Tongues Untied describes the homophobia and racism that confront Black gay men. Some of the tales are troublesome: the man refused entry to a gay bar because of his color; the college student left bleeding on the sidewalk after a gay-bashing; the loneliness and isolation of the drag queen. Yet Riggs also presents the rich flavor of the Black gay male experience, from protest marches and smokey bars to the language of the 'snap diva' and Vogue dancer. A benchmark film which speaks for itself. 4.30 - 5.30 pm Panel Discussion

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SUNDAY 8 FEBRUARY
ASHAMU DANCE STUDIO
Lyman is located on the Brown quad adjacent to Ashamu in back of Brown's Catherine Bryan Dill Center for the Performing Arts located on Waterman between Thayer & Brown Streets. From Waterman, take the sidewalk that runs on the side of the greenhouuse. Look to the right and you will see Ashamu. 9.30am - 11am Mali Dance w/Shata Kone=
11.15am - 12.45pm Mali Dance w/Joh Camara=
4.15pm - 5.45pm Guinea Dance w/Marilyn M Sylla

THE CAVE (LYMAN HALL 002)
Lyman is located on the Brown quad adjacent to Ashamu in back of Brown's Catherine Bryan Dill Center for the Performing Arts located on Waterman between Thayer & Brown Streets. From Waterman, take the sidewalk that runs on the side of the greenhouuse. Look to the right for a large building with an arch and tower.
9.30am - 11am Guinea Drum w/Sekou Sylla
11.15am - 12.45pm N'Goni w/Tani Diakite=
2pm - 3.30pm Dun Dun w/Seydou Coulibaly=
3.45pm - 5.15pm Djembe w/Abdoulaye Diallo=

LEUNG GALLERY
Leung Gallery is on the Main Green of Brown University Campus, on the second floor of Faunce House. Faunce Arch is located at the intersection of Waterman & Brown Streets
9.30am - 11am Hip-Hop Dance w/Off The Curb Performance Troupe
11.15am - 12.45pm Mande Song w/Troupe Komee Josee=
2pm - 3.30pm Senegal Dance w/Malang Bayo

ORWIG MUSIC LIBRARY
Orwig Music Library is located at 1 Young Orchard Avenue
5.30pm - 7pm Ghanaian Drumming w/Martin Obeng

MANNING CHAPEL
Manning Chapel is located at the intersection of Prospect and Angell Streets.
6pm - 7pm Imani Jubilee: Working in the Black Church Tradition w/Sakena Young-Skaggs



= Dance classes w/members of Troupe Komee Josee (final schedule available Feb. 1)
* For all dance and yoga workshop participants: Please wear comfortable clothes (and a change of clothes), and bring water and a small towel. African dance is strenuous and neither Brown University, the teachers nor sponsors assume any liability. Listen to your body!

PERFORMERS & GUEST ARTISTS

Brown University
Paul Austerlitz - Ethnomusicology (Crossroads) Michelle Bach-Coulibaly - Brown University, Theater, Speech and Dance
Karen Allen Baxter - Rites & Reason Theater
Martin Obeng - Ethnomusicology (Ghanaian Drumming)
Words in the Wind (Donna Mitchell) - Rites & Reason Theater, Wampanoag Nation
Clarice Thompson - Africana Studies (Crossroads)
New Works/World Traditions Dance Theater
Live for Liberia
Global Alliance for Immunization Against AIDS
Guest Artists /Speakers/ Workshop Leaders
The Honorable Thomas Nimely Yaya - Liberian Minister of Foreign Affairs
Rose Weaver - Performance Artist, Menopause Mama
Melody Ruffin Ward - Rhode Island College
Frank Ward - Old Dominion University, VA
Marilyn M. Sylla - Bamidele Drummers and Dancers
Sekou Sylla - Former member of Les Ballet Africaine/Bamidele Drummers and Dancers
Malang Bayo - National Ballet of Senegal
Eric Charry - Mande Scholar, Wesleyan University, Author of Mande Music
Off the Curb- Hip-Hop Dance Troupe
Kera Washington - Wellesley College (Haitian Drumming)
Claude St Franc - Haitian Drumming
New York Dance Collective
Iyamoopo - Yoruban Divinity and Tradition
African Alliance of Rhode Island
Troupe Komee Josee (Mali, West Africa)
Seydou Coulibaly (Dance/Dundun)
Issa Coulibaly (Djembe)
Abdoulaye Diallo (Dance/Djembe)
Joh Camara (Dance/ Dundun)
Abdoul Doumbia (Djembe)
Tani Diakite (N'goni)
Bala Kouyate (Balaphone)
Shata Kone (Dance)
Fatou Keita (Dance)
Bouba Diabate (Guitar/vocals)
Sory Diabate (Djembe)



PRICE
TICKETS: (publicprice/student price)
TICKETS: (indicate number of tickets on line, student/child price and general public) Performances: $15 Public/$10 Brown students
Individual Workshops: (You can take up to 10 workshops)
Walk-ins, $20 each, $15 w/student ID
Packages (Performances & Workshops):
Package A - Any and All Events. $195/110

Package B - 3 Performances, any 6Workshops, $135/90 Package C - 2 Performances, any 4 Workshops, $90/60
Or make your own package with workshops and Performances at $15/$10
Performances are open to the public and will sell out.

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AFRICAN VILLAGE & MARKETPLACE
Reflecting Saffo

Leeds Theatre
Catherine Bryan Dill Center for the Performing Arts
Brown University
Waterman Street
Between Brown and Thayer Streets
Providence Rhode Island
Throughout Saturday and Sunday, Brown University's Leeds Theatre Lobby will be transformed to reflect Saffo, a Malian village, with a marketplace where classes in drum making, mud cloth painting, and Malian cuisine will be taught alongside sessions in traditional hair braiding and henna tattooing.

It will also house presentations by a number of non-profit organizations including Global Alliance for Immunization Against Aids, and YEREDON: The Saffo Project. YEREDON's goal is to build and sustain a research center and school located within the Bamana village. The research center will house an organic farm, maternity clinic and academy, where Mande artisans will be employed year round to teach their cultural expertise. The organization seeks to promote women's and children's health, cultural preservation, and sustainable living practices. Proceeds from the festival will contribute to the work begun in this endeavor.
DIRECTIONS TO BROWN UNIVERSITY
From the east: Follow I-195 West, exit at South Main Street (exit 2), and proceed to the traffic light at College Street (large courthouse at corner), where you will turn right. When College Street ends at Prospect Street, you will be facing the Brown campus. Ashamu is in the Catherine Bryan Dill Center for the Performing Arts. The entrance is off Lincoln Field, just below the Main Green.
From the west, north and south: Follow I-95 to I-195 East, exit at Downtown Providence (exit 1), and follow exit ramp along river. At second light (College Street), turn right. Proceed through the next light (South Main Street) and up hill as above.
From the northwest: Route 146 leads to I-95 and then to I-195. Then follow above North-South directions.

Providence is also served by Amtrak, Greyhound, Bonanza, and the Commuter Rail http://www.mbta.com.

If you would like information on hotels in the area or maps of campus, please visit: http://www.brown.edu/webmaster/visitors.html
We can help arrange limited housing (floors, couches).
Contact Information
Michelle Bach-Coulibaly
Africanist Weekend
Brown University Box 1897
Providence, RI 02912
401-863-3285
Michelle_Bach-Coulibaly@brown.edu

LIVE FOR LIBERIA
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!!!
A day-long festival of music and speakers
Noon to Midnight
February 7, 2004

Beneficent Church
300 Weybosset Street
Providence, RI
Tickets: $10.00
Music (including Afro-pop), Dance (Fusion Dance Company) and speakers (such as Brown President Ruth Simmons and Providence Mayor David Cicilline. Money raised from this festival will be distributed to humanitarian aid groups working in Liberia.


Deborah Nash at dn@riDance.com
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