Guest Artist Sekou Sylla
Master African drummer and dancer Sekou Sylla works with CMU dance and music students.


Fall Dance Concert features guest West African work with live drumming

CMU's 2017-18 Theatre and Dance Season will continue with the annual Fall Dance Concert on November 17 at 7:30pm and November 18 at 2pm and 7:30pm in the Moss Performing Arts Center Robinson Theatre. 

The concert will feature a West African guest work by Marilyn Sylla, master African dancer and Sekou Sylla, master African dancer and drummer. The piece casts 30 dancers and musicians to dance and drum live and will be the final number in the concert.  

The Fall Dance Concert rounds out with work by faculty choreographers Meredith Lyons, who also directs the concert, Amanda Benzin and Gabriele Cahill along with selected student choreography by Ashlee Arline, Cameron Cunningham and Ayla Schuetz. 

Marilyn M. Sylla is a Five College lecturer teaching at Smith, Mount Holyoke and Amherst colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In addition to her work in the United States, she has performed and taught in Puerto Rico, Brazil, Haiti and West Africa, including Guinea, Senegal, the Gambia and the Casamance. She has performed and taught at Jacob's Pillow, Omega Institute in New York, the Kripalu Center, Rockefeller Center, California Technical Institute, and the Waldorf Astoria in New York City for the Latin American Music Awards. She has also performed with folksinger Pete Seeger.

Sylla and her husband, Sekou Sylla, former principal dancer/acrobat with Les Ballets Africains, the National Dance Company of the Republic of Guinea in West Africa, direct the Bamidele Dancers & Drummers. The troupe presents workshops, concerts, residencies, and arts and education lecture demonstrations. In 1990, the group performed in Boston for Nelson Mandela. Sekou Sylla is a master dancer and musician from Guinea, West Africa. He teaches African drumming at Mt. Holyoke College and is a Five College musician. He is fluent in English, French and his tribal languages Sou Sou and Malinke.

Tickets for the Fall Dance Concert are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7 for students and are available at or by calling 800.410.MAVS.

Rush pricing will apply for CMU students, faculty and staff on Friday, November 17. Anyone with a current MAVcard may pickup a $5 ticket at the University Center Information Desk the day of the concert.



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