Les Ballet Africains to offer a display of music's roots
By Stewart Oksenhorn for The Aspen Times
In its performances tomorrow and Wednesday at the Aspen District Theatre, the Guinean-based dance company Les Ballets Africains will perform works that date back to the group's inception in 1952.
Dance pieces from Guinea that are a half-century old may seem like the ultimate in exotic fare. But the company's managing director said audiences should see plenty of familiar moves in the performance.
"Anything you saw on MTV in the '80s, the urban rap dance - that comes right out of Guinea, Mali and Senegal," said Mamoudou Conde, who has been Les Ballets Africains' managing director for six years. He also manages two other Guinean performance troupes, Les Percussion de Guinee and Le Ballet Nacional Djoliba. click for more