Let the Roots Show: Kùlú Mèlé and The Requisite Movers


Saturday, November 24, 7pm; Sunday, November 25, 4pm
General admission is $20 in advance/$25 day of the show. Children 12 and younger: $12 in advance/$15 day of show.

The Orisa CDC invites you to join them for an After Party following Kulu Mele’s  performance on Saturday evening. For a $5 donation you’ll enjoy food and drinks and have an opportunity to meet the dancers and musicians from “Let the Roots Show”. If you’d like to register for the After Party when you purchase your ticket, please select the “Performance & After Party” price type on the next page. You can also pay in cash at the door.

In an inspired collaboration, Kùlú Mèlé African Dance & Drum Ensemble will partner with The Requisite Movers to present a joint bill featuring the work of emerging choreographers who are rooted in African dance, along with Kùlú Mèlé in performance. Let the Roots Show: Kùlú Mèlé and The Requisite Movers will celebrate Kùlú Mèlé’s legacy as the Philadelphia region’s premiere African dance company. Kùlú Mèlé has influenced generations of movement artists, some of whom infuse African dance with contemporary sensibilities, while others create dances that are more traditional. Each in their way “let the roots show.”

Lela Aisha Jones, Artistic Conceptualist, Founder & Director of FlyGround and Deneane Richburg of Brownbody, serve as co-founders of The Requisite Movers, which was formed in 2010 to produce the works of Black female movement artists. Let the Roots Show will showcase new works by Lela Aisha Jones, Kùlú Mèlé company members Cachet Ivey and Acacia Reed, and a revision of one of the company’s most beloved pieces, Oya, choreographed by Artistic Director Dorothy Wilkie.

Let the Roots Show is presented as part of Kùlú Mèlé’s Celebration of African Dance & Drumming: Dance to the Rhythm of the Drum, which is made possible with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency and Dance/USA Philadelphia. Leadership Support for the New Stages for Dance Initiative is provided by MetLife Foundation. New Stages for Dance is a program of Dance/USA Philadelphia. The Requisite Movers and FlyGround would like to acknowledge the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and the Swarthmore Project for their support during the 2011-2012 season.