Tabanka

Jazz Ain´t Nothing but Soul, 10. - 11. September

Jazz Ain´t Nothing but Soul,
10. - 11. September

Even the gods envy our rhythmic bodies.

Jazz Ain´t Nothing but Soul is a rhythmically generous production with vibrant music, song and dance. It is centred around the dancers’ movements, which set the intonation and tempo, and act as the rhythmic protagonist throughout the production. The singing and the music are based on the moving body’s choices and physical animation.

Tabanka makes use here of a body language of dance with its roots in African and Caribbean movement traditions. In Caribbean dance traditions (such as the practices of Voodoo and Orisha), the physical body is considered to be something so incredible that even the gods want to borrow it. The steps in dances like Salsa, Reggae, Merengue, Rumba all originate in the gods’ rhythmic steps. From this humble starting point, Tabanka romps into the pleasure and pain of rhythmic movement.

The production will play at Rommen Scene in Stovner.

Contributors

  • Artistic director

    Thomas Talawa Prestø

  • Choreography

    Thomas Talawa Prestø

  • Assistant choreographers

    Joel Ramirez
    Wolman Michelle Luciano

  • Rehersal directors

    Joel Ramirez
    Wolman Michelle Luciano
    Lacky Mahamed

  • Producer

    Thomas Talawa Prestø

  • Composer and song writer

    Monica Ifejilika

  • Composer

    Sidiki Camara

  • Percussion and instruments

    Sidiki Camara
    Solo Diarra

  • Interpreting dancers

    Wolman Michelle Luciano
    Joel Ramirez
    Lacky Mahamed
    Shirley Langhelle
    Mekeba Malik
    Shae Best
    Dana Hamburgo
    Sarjo Sankareh

  • Photo

    Tale Hendnes/Dansens Hus