About
MUNTU

In the Bantu language, "muntu" means "the essence of humanity." It's what the Company seeks to express in its work and to touch in its audiences.

Through its performances, Muntu strives to create an atmosphere of communal participation, encouraging and inspiring audiences and participants to join in the celebration! 

Founded in 1972, The Chicago-based Muntu Dance Theatre performs authentic and progressive interpretations of contemporary and ancient African and African-American dance, music, and folklore. A colorful and dynamic Company, Muntu brings its audiences out of their seats and into the aisles with its unique synthesis of dance, rhythm and song. 

The Company is highly regarded for its innovative repertory, preserving traditional African dance while creating new works that build on African, Caribbean and African-American cultural traditions. We carefully research the cultural and historical significance of the dances and the societies from which they originate. 

Muntu is more than just a performing company. We are also a company of teachers: an essential element to the perpetuation of our art form and its accurate transmittal to our audiences. Muntu's core programs include professional performances both at home and abroad, comprehensive community arts programs, classes for the public and professional training for emerging new young artists. 

We understand that there is merit in all cultures. We seek to appreciate the differences in order to amplify the similarities.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Sidney Dillard, Chairperson

Leana Flowers, Vice Chairperson

Robert Rose, Treasurer

Barbara Jackson-Lee, Secretary

Al Perry

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR                            Sekou"Tepaka Lunda" Conde

sekou@muntu.com

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT                                                         Antamani Lunda

mani@muntu.com

ARTISTIC STAFF

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR                                  

Regina Perry-Carr

ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Idris Daniel

 

ASSISTANT  ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Shakeena President-Beckford

MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Papa Mangue Sylla

COMPANY MEMBERS

Dancers:

 

Nicholas Brokemond
Celease Brown
Ashley Bowen
Caleb Buckner
Donna Callender
Akanké Davis
Carol Ika President
Tasha Maya Gibson
Cheretta Hill Botchwey
Kayla Moore
Attiyya Muhammad
Jeremy Noah
Uche Omoniyi
Delia Tyler
Samara Dickerson

Koya Odum
Nandipha Dubois
Indika Dullea
Mark Vaughn
Brittany Walker

Drummers:

Paul Cotton
Clifton Robinson
Lance Smith
Babu Atiba Walker
Enoch Williamson
Tyler Whittler

Taiwo Hampton

CONTACT US

Muntu Dance Thetare of Chicago

1809 E 71st ST, Suite 203. Chicago, IL 60649

Tel: 773-241-6080 / Fax: 773-241-6089

© 2019 Muntu Dance Theatre. 

OPENING HOURS

Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm