Osun Arts Foundation ‘Igbekun’ 2007


Osun Arts Foundation ‘Igbekun’ 2007 UK National Tour

INTO THE TRUE HEART OF AFRICA – A DANCE THROUGH STRUGGLE Osun Arts Foundation in Liverpool is proud to pronounce their forthcoming show for 2007 entitled ‘Igbekun’.

This all new production is in commemoration of 2007’s bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade. Igbekun is divided into two parts. The first half contains dialogue and dance theatre with traditional songs and music. The second half is purely based on traditional dance forms not performed on stage before. In recognition of thehistory, and controversy behind the abolition of the slave trade, Osun Arts believe this is the most important show they have worked upon. They are committed to providing an entertaining but thought provoking show, which raises the issue of slavery up to the present day. Oladimeji Adisa, Co-ordinator for Osun Arts Foundation says, “As an alternative to some commemoration shows currently in production, the artists within Igbekun are from various parts of West Africa and have grown up with a rich tradition within arts and theatre. They follow Osun Arts desire to take Africa’s history out of the glass cabinets of museums and present performances which bring the public closer to African heritage.

This includes schools and communities interacting through a range of activities such as visual arts (tie dye, mask masking), or learning African style dance and drumming through their educational workshops. Plus, as in previous shows allowing members of the public to come on stage at the end of the show and join within a traditional Yoruba dance. Osun Arts encourage the public to engage in the overall experience of the show, as opposed to just being passive spectators.” The tour is also accompanied by an educational outreach program for various schools and community groups. During the week commencing the cast of the show will visit schools to run workshops, in close collaboration with the teachers. Pupils have the opportunity to work alongside artists to broaden their experience and develop their knowledge of African crafts, traditions and culture. Osun Arts invite you into the true heart of Africa for a night of unique entertainment. Please check local press media for forthcoming dates.

More information can be found at their website http://www.osunarts.co.uk

Some Confirmed dates up to now are: UK 2007 Tour Dates
June 7 Fairfield High School, Widnes 0151 4233571
June 28 St John Fisher Catholic High School 01942 247320
June 29 St John Fisher Catholic High School 01942 247320
July 6 Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven Cumbria 01946 692422
July 14 Maritime Museum in Lancaster 01524 382264
July 14 Hornby Institute, Lancashire 015242 21233
July 17-18 Newtown High School, Powys Mid Wales 01686 626304
July 23-July 27 Fairfield Halls and Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon 020 86810821
July 28 Street Alive – Ludlow Festival 01584 873229
July 28 Ludlow Assembly Rooms 01584 878141
Aug 5 Knowsley Flower Fair 0151 4435619
Sept 20 Thameside Theatre Essex 01375 382555
Sep 24-27 Rural Arts Cheshire 01244 602835
Oct 2 Unity Theatre Liverpool 0151 709 4988
Oct 17 Town Hall Hartlepool 01429 523 409
Oct 22 Hartlepool Museum 01429 523 409
Nov 5-8 Poynton High School, Poynton Stockport 01625871811
Nov 13 Sir John Moore Foundation, Appleby Magna 01530 273629
Nov 14 Bishop Grosseteste College, Newport Lincoln 01522 583761
Nov 15 Long Whatton Village Hall, Loughborough Leics 01509 646413
Nov 16 Sewstern Village Hall. Sewstern Grantham Lincs 01476861065
Nov 17 Worchester Arts Workshop, Worchester 01905 21095
Nov 18 St Michael’s Village Hall, WR15 8TG 01568 750510

Further dates to be confirmed There are gaps we like to fill for the tour.
If you like to make a booking for the performance and accompanied workshops, please contact :
Osun Arts Foundation
50-54 Mount Pleasant Liverpool L3 5SD
Tel: 0151 7070459 Email:info@osunarts.co.uk