Greetings Family, Friends, and Community-At-Large:
Kiazi Malonga, a learned and exquisitely skilled Congolese ngoma player, and Latanya d. Tigner, a rhythmically imbued choreographer, have embarked on a wonderful journey together to create a pas de deux titled, Ndozi: Ancient Truths Revealed. Your contribution will ensure adequate rehearsal and performance compensation for the artists, costumes, visual documentation of the work; and the mounting of original Ndozi text for pre-performance viewing. $1500 is our goal, but we can always use more to support future presentations of the work.
Ndozi, the first movement of a larger work, Vessels, marks Latanya's first effort to collaborate with a musician; the fact that this effort is with a musician of Kiazi's caliber makes it that much more fantabulous. Meaning “dream” in Lari, one of the indigenous languages of the Congo, the Ndozi movement plays out a dream that introduces a young woman to herself through complex, ancient rhythms, opening the way for her to realize her spiritual identity and become acquainted with those who speak to her from the other side.
Kiazi Malonga will create ancient soundscapes based on knowledge he has about the rhythm Nzobi, which is at the heart of the work. As his musical career has been firmly based in traditional Congolese rhythms, dance, stories, and lore, this too marks a first for Kiazi, enabling him to flex his extensive knowledge and abilities in a new and exciting format that respectfully deconstructs and transforms traditional rhythms and dance.
In addition to the local musicians blessing the piece with their gifts, Roscoe Reddix-- dancer, storyteller, and chanteur-- of New Orleans will grace the piece with his ancestrally touched vocals.
We have been invited to perform Ndozi in Black Choreographers Festival in February 2012. We plan to perform it in Dimensions Dance Theater’s home season in April 2012, Congo-Brazzaville, and other festivals and venues as opportunities arise.
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