Guinea Residency

Kulu Mele African Dance and Drum Ensemble



Members of Kùlú Mèlé African Dance and Drum Ensemble in Guinea.

Kùlú Mèlé African Dance and Drum Ensemble traveled to Conakry, Guinea in West Africa for an intensive two-week residency with traditional artists Mariama Touré and M'Bemba Bangoura, and members of Les Ballets Africains and Les Merveilles D'Guinea. Kùlú Mèlé dancers participated in master classes in traditional Guinea dance and drumming styles, and were introduced to choreography from the ballet Mali Sadjo: The Legend of the Hippopotamus. In 2009, Kùlú Mèlé presented the US premiere of Mali Sadjo as part of its 40th anniversary season. The project culminated in a film documenting the group's time in Guinea that was presented at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute.