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Mount Royal University Wright Theatre

4825 Mount Royal Gate SW

Calgary, Alberta T3E 6K6

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Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre and Creoternity Theatre will be launching UNGANISHA, a dance theatre showcase celebrating the history and influence of African culture modern dance on February 17, 2018.

To help increase awareness of Black History Month in Calgary, and the public understanding of diversity and history of the African diaspora, UNGANISHA is thrilled to offer a glimpse at some of the city’s best dance performers and choreographers while providing an opportunity to educate audiences about the lesser-known origins of the most popular forms of dance. The showcase will include Tap, Jazz, Hip-hop, Samba, Capoeira, Step Dancing, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Caribbean and Salsa.

UNGANISHA, which means “Connect” in Swahili, will highlight the interaction of cultures that created each dance style, identifying each as both owing to African traditions and distinctly belonging to modern popular culture. By demystifying the origins of each style, UNGANISHA hopes to create an inclusive space where participants are invited to feel connected to the story, either through their own cultural heritage or simply as active agents in the modern world.

Though the historical circumstances around the origins of these styles are closely tied to colonialism and slavery (a fact that should not be forgotten), this project purposely takes a more inclusive, multicultural position, focusing on the creative possibilities that emerge when different peoples, cultures and artistic traditions intermingle.

We believe there is a need for further understanding and appreciation of the contribution that Africans and other marginalized people have made to popular culture. UNGANISHA celebrates Calgary’s growing diversity through this new cultural education showcase in our community.

The showcase will take place on February 17, 2018. There are two shows: 2PM and again at 7PM.

Tickets can be purchased through the Mount Royal University ticketing website, through this link: http://tickets.mru.ca/UNGANISHA.

Earlybird tickets are on sale for $30, only until January 31. Prices will be $40 as of February 1, 2018. Tickets for students and seniors are $25.

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