Solo African Dance Piece "Without A Shadow" To Make Asheville Premier


Solo African Dance Piece "Without A Shadow" To Make Asheville Premier

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On June 5 at The Orange PeelBarakissa Coulibaly will be premiering her solo dance piece "Without A Shadow". Says Barakissa, “‘Without a Shadow’ speaks about the revolution of African women. ‘Without a Shadow’ reveals the suppressed voice of all women who suffer in silence. As a young adult, I myself, have experienced a direct connection to this pain and suffering that all the women of Africa have endured; however, it is time to be free. It is time to speak out. It is time to LIVE. Through each step of my solo, I speak out for all of the women around the world, ‘You SHALL, be known.’”

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This dance piece is part of a larger event- On June 5 The Orange Peel will host Asheville’s 2nd annual Soumu, presented by Lush Life Productions and Zansa. A Soumu is a West African term for an all encompassing party- music, dance, food, art, and lots of rich culture. Performing live at the event will be afropop/zouglou band Zansa, featuring Ivory Coast native Adama Dembele, Ivorian dancer Barakissa Coulibaly, African drum and dance troupes featuring Adama and Barakissa’s students, Lisa Zahiya performing North African dances, acoustic Zansa side project Mande Foly, and members of Juan Benavides Group. Traditional West African cuisine by Soce will be available for purchase (cash only), as well as African art from Senegal.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 day of show and are on sale now.