African-American History Month Program: Healing African Dance

Date: Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
Contact: 215-345-0210
Location: Mercer Museum

2 pm

Choreographer and former Fulbright Scholar Angela Watson explores one of the most essential elements of African dance—its ability to heal. Through lecture, video and demonstration, audiences learn about different categories of dance (social, folklore and ritual) performed in various contexts in African life—from births, to naming ceremonies, to weddings, to death. Program includes call-and-response, the talking drum and improvisation. Audience members can participate by learning the movements of a dance. A selection of musical instruments from the Mercer Museum’s African collections will be on display. Presentation is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, supported in part by National Endowment for the Humanities. The Pennsylvania Humanities Council, a nonprofit organization, inspires individuals to enjoy and share a life of learning. Included with museum admission.

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