Ogun & the People: World Premiere

30 Nov - 1 Dec 2019
8 p.m., 3 p.m.
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104


Kulu Mele, Yemaya. Pictured: dance captain Ama Schley, photo by Jaci Downs.

Kulu Mele African Dance & Drum Ensemble debuts Ogun & the People at the Annenberg Center. Led by Pew Fellow and Kulu Mele artistic director Dorothy Wilkie, the full-length narrative dance explores the story of the Yoruba deity Ogun, a warrior and protector who abandons the gods, causing violence and famine on earth. Wilkie uses elements of traditional Afro-Cuban/Yoruba culture, which originates in West Africa. The Yoruba people use dance, song, and storytelling to express contemporary relevance around themes of community and personal spiritual practice.