A Splash of Spirit
Envision the spirited festivals of the small villages that dot Eastern Africa. Red dirt under dancing bare feet. Brightly-colored clothing clad in beads, shells and feathers. Drums and songs and bright smiles from everyone. Now imagine you didn’t have to take a 16-hour flight to see all this. If dinner and a movie are becoming too commonplace for your Valentine’s weekend, or if you need to travel to forget about the holiday, consider a trip to Santa Fe’s Greer Garson Theater to experience international performing troupe the Spirit of Uganda. The show, which is Feb. 15 at 7pm, is a 2-hour folkloric musical and dance performance featuring the group’s 21 performers, all 12 to 20 years old. The performance is produced by Empower African Children, a nonprofit that benefits the youth of Uganda. The cast and some of the crew have benefited from the organization as either orphans or at-risk youth; these include Santa Fe University alumni Peter Kasule. “I have always wanted to leave a mark in every community, and this is a great opportunity for me to be back in Santa Fe,” Kasule said. “Long live the arts.” Tickets, available at ticketssantafe.org, are $25 and benefit Empower African Children. (Rebecca Gonzales)
Saturday Feb 15, 2014
Santa Fe, NM
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Under the artistic direction of Peter Kasule, these young dancers and musicians share cultural traditions from East Africa.
Produced by Empower African Children, Spirit of Uganda is a professional training and touring program that tours to major performing arts center and universities in North America every other year. Impassioned ambassadors of their rich culture and articulate advocates for their homeland these children are joyous, thriving examples of what is possible when potential is recognized and realized.