Company comprised of artists trained in the history, mythology and techniques of art forms within the African Diaspora
Showcasing vibrant and traditional African, African-American and Caribbean dance, music and costumes, Milwaukee’s famed Ko-Thi Dance Company will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, on the Oconomowoc Art Center’s Neudecker MainStage.
Ko-Thi Dance Company is comprised of artists trained in the history, mythology and techniques of art forms within the African Diaspora. Ko-Thi’s mesmerizing shows use authentic instruments and costumes, infectious music and extraordinary dance dedicated to the preservation of performance and culture.
The energy and synergy that is interwoven into each original composition of dance and music takes an audience on a rich journey, offering a heightened sense of connection and appreciation.
The performance at the Oconomowoc Arts Center will include seven dances performed by 20 dancers and nine musicians. Young artists from Ko-Thi’s children’s performing ensemble, Ton Ko-Thi translated as “Little Ko-Thi,” will also grace the stage.
“We want people to be entertained and to also learn about the traditions and symbolic history of these dances. Our dances are rooted in tradition and form, but will also incorporate modern elements, such as jazz and hip hop,” said Ko-Thi Dance Company’s DeMar Walker.
The performance at the Oconomowoc Arts Center will include two guest musicians, Sekou Conde and Sundjata Imhepi from the Muntu Dance Theatre in Chicago.
“We were overwhelmed by the Oconomowoc Arts Center stage. The space is so new and fresh and it inspired us to make the show bigger,” said Walker. “The backdrop of our show will be this huge beautiful tree, which symbolizes the importance of community. It’s all about coming together and loving what we do and loving each other while we’re doing it.”
Created in 1969 by Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker, the Ko-Thi Dance Company offers its audiences and students more than 45 years of research, training and expertise. A native of Sierra Leone, West Africa, Ferne founded the company after returning from Ghana, West Africa where she studied with the National Dance Company of Ghana at the University of Ghana in Legon. She has been teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee since 1971 and created the University’s first courses on the technique and history of African, African-American and Caribbean dance.
During the day, the Ko-Thi Dance Company will perform for Oconomowoc Area School District students. The interactive program will focus on techniques, the drums and how the dances and music relate to one another. Students will also have the chance to learn songs and to ask questions
For more information about the Ko-Thi Dance Company, visit www.ko-thi.org.
The performance of the Ko-Thi Dance Company will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 6, at the Oconomowoc Arts Center. Reserved seating tickets are $28 for adults, $24 for seniors and college students and $12 for high school students and younger. Special packages for families include $72 for a family of four and $88 for a family of six. Special packages are not available for online purchase.
The Oconomowoc Arts Center is located at 641 East Forest Street in Oconomowoc and is part of the Oconomowoc Area School District. Box office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and Thursdays from noon to 6 p.m. In addition, the box office is open 90 minutes prior to show times. You can reach the box office by calling 262-560-3172. Please visit the OAC website at www.theoac.net for more information. Find the arts center on Facebook, Twitter and Trip Advisor.
Event Information/Ticketing “At A Glance”
Ko-Thi Dance Company on the OAC Mainstage
When: February 6, 2015 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest Street, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin 53066
Box Office: 262-560-3172 or on line at www.theoac.net , 24/7
Ticket Prices: $28 for adults, $24 for seniors and college students and $12 for high school students and younger. Special packages for families include $72 for a family of four and $88 for a family of six. Special packages are not available for online purchase. Service fees are included on phone, Internet and day of show purchases.