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Kulu Mele African Dance & Drum Ensemble

Ogun & the People

November 30 – December 1, 2019
Zellerbach Theatre
PLA Presents
World Premiere // Annenberg Center Debut

Traditional West African dance and drumming take centerstage as Philadelphia's Kulu Mele makes its Annenberg Center debut in the commissioned work, Ogun & the People. This full-length production explores the Afro-Cuban/Yoruba parable of the deity Ogun, a warrior and protector who abandons the other gods, wreaking terrible violence and famine on the world. Through vibrant dance and energetic percussion, Kulu Mele celebrates its 50th anniversary in this very special world premiere.

Second performance added for Sunday, December 1 at 3 PM!

Please note, this performance includes water-based haze.

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Major support for Ogun & the People has been provided to Kulu Mele by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Ogun & the People is commissioned by the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

Photo credit: Jaci Downs