One of the goals of the troupe is to share the works with the broadest possible audience. “I’d like to think the entertaining and education is 50/50,” said Payne of a show’s balance. “We strive to get audiences involved and to be informed.”
“I’m happy and honored to celebrate Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago’s 40 year legacy of sharing the joy and culture of African and African-American dance and music at their 2012 Fall Benefit and Concert.
That impressive milestone inspired a provocative program Saturday, one rich with the troupe's traditional flash and energy, but also boasting examples of recent collaborations with contemporary American choreographers.
Muntu Dance Theatre is proud to have writer, actor, director, Regina Taylor serve as the honorary chair for our Summer Gala, July 21st at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. Muntu's 40th Anniversary Summer Gala is immediately...
Mostly alternating works, DWC and Muntu created a head-spinning program in which each troupe set the other off, highlighting its distinctive character and appeal. For both companies, however, the goal seemed the same: to seduce us.
The selections, especially a couple of collaborations, illustrated just how much the modern idiom and pop entertainment owe to the African tradition, not to mention how seamlessly the two modes can team up.
“Muntu has a dual function, we are definitely a professional performing arts company that performs around the world and self produces our season every year. But equally as important to me, is that when there is an important event of significant happening in the community, Muntu is called upon to bear witness to that and to bring the appropriate cultural celebrations.”
This year, Muntu Dance Theatre is celebrating 40 years of continuous artistic programming that reflects the African cultural legacy of African Americans and people of African descent around the world. When Muntu began in 1972, its founding...
Though familiar and venerable, Muntu Dance Theatre is hotter than hot these days. Saturday's gala performance at the Harris Theater showed off a troupe that's never been faster, never been more animated, as it continues to push the limits of its cultural exploration into valuable new terrain.