Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago | Harris Theater | Dance | Chicago Reader
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When: Sat., July 11, 7 p.m. 2009
Price: $15-$50
A female initiation rite lies at the heart of Bride From the South, the new work on Muntu's summer program. Choreographed by Abdel Salaam, artistic director of New York's 28-year-old Forces of Nature Dance Theater, it's a sort of fairy tale set in ancient Egypt. But women don't just sit around waiting for their prince to come in this explosively danced story. They rule the southern, traditionally Nubian region, and their sensual "luna ritual" affirms their power, including their control over courtship and marriage. When a prince does arrive from the north to find a bride, the Nubian queen is ready and accepts, setting off a chain of marriages as maidens select their mates from among the warriors who dance for them. Also on the bill: Tomaka/Liberté, Idy Ciss's re-creation of a Guinean dance celebrating independence, and Mujuboo Rock, a synthesis of contemporary and traditional dance developed collaboratively by Muntu company members and artistic director Amaniyea Payne. Musical interludes include the Muntu drummers' trademark "talk" and a kora performance by Morikeba Kouyate. --Laura Molzahn



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