Saakumu

Bernard Woma

Year: 2018-2019
DanceForce Member: D. Chase Angier
Artist: Bernard Woma
Community Partners: Alfred Almond Central School; Alfred University; Cattaraugus County Arts Council; Marlin Miller Dance Residency Program
Audience: 1,125
County: Allegany

Alfred University is excited to host Saakumu Dance Troupe for a four-day residency March 18 – 22, 2019. The award winning Saakumu Dance Troupe is one of the leading traditional/contemporary dance and music groups in Ghana, West Africa. Led by master musician Bernard Woma, their repertoire encompasses a wide range of West African dance from spiritual, ceremonial, recreational genres to contemporary African dance forms. Bernard Woma, the director of Saakumu, has shared the performance stage with renowned artists such as Maya Angelou, Yo Yo Ma, and Glen Velez. Saakumu in partnership with Slyboots Music, Art and Dance School located in Buffalo New York, brings traditional and contemporary African dance and music to the communities in western and central New York.

This residency will include drumming, dance, and song workshops and a full performance in the Miller Performing Arts Center at Alfred University. New York State DanceForce member D. Chase Angier will work in close partnership with Alfred University’s dance, theater, and music departments, as well as global studies, art history, and many other departments on Alfred’s campus. Workshops, lectures and the performance on the university campus will be open to the public. The artists will also create a lecture demonstration for K – 12 students at Alfred Almond Central School. The final performance in the Miller Performing Arts Center will include dance and music performed by the company. In addition, people who have participated in his workshops will be invited to join his rehearsal on Friday and perform alongside the Saakumu Dance Troupe at the Friday night performance.