Healing African Dance, Commonwealth Speakers Program.
In this engaging presentation, 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 African dance (e.g., social, folklore and ritual) that are performed in various contexts in African life from births, to naming ceremonies, to weddings, to death. Elements of call-and-response, the talking drum and improvisation also are discussed. Audience members can participate by learning the movements of a dance.
Sponsoring Organization: Allentown Public Library. Commonwealth Speakers is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.