AN evening of dance that brings the rituals and ceremonies of ancient Africa into the 21st century will receive its world premiere in Birmingham.
Part of this year’s eclectic BASS Festival lineup, ‘The Session’ features dancers moving to rhythms from contemporary composers who embrace the heritage of their ancestors.
‘The Session’ is the work of respected choreographer Paradigmz, a performer who also incorporates acting, rapping and poetry into his work. As artistic director of the London Diaspora Dance Theatre (LDDT), which he founded in 2004, Paradigmz aims to reflect black British culture through his compositions.
BASS Festival is the UK’s only month long celebration of urban music and art. This year, the festival is ‘Inspired by Africa and Africans’, making Paradigmz’s celebration of African dance all the more relevant.
‘The Session’ takes place on June 13 at Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome. Tickets cost £10 and are available to purchase at www.dancexchange.org.uk or from Birmingham Hippodrome Box Office on 0844 338 5000.
For more information on BASS Festival 2009, visit www.bassfestival.co.uk.