Muntu + Deeply Rooted
Runtime: 120 mins
Two thrilling Chicago-based companies: Muntu Dance Theatre and Deeply
Rooted Dance Theater showcase authentic and progressive interpretations of
contemporary and ancient African and African-American dance, music, and storytelling.
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About the Companies
In the Bantu language, "Muntu" means "the essence of humanity." The Muntu Dance Theatre experience seeks to celebrate the resilience and joy of the human spirit with our audiences. Through their performances, Muntu strives to create an atmosphere of communal participation, encouraging and inspiring audiences and participants to join in the celebration!
Founded in 1972, the Chicago-based Muntu Dance Theatre performs authentic and progressive interpretations of ancient and contemporary African and African-American dance, music, and folklore. A colorful and dynamic company, Muntu brings its audiences out of their seats and into the aisles with its intricate combination of dance, rhythm, and song.
The Company is highly regarded for its fierce and invigorating repertoire, preserving traditional African dance while creating new works that build on African, Caribbean and African-American cultural traditions. We carefully research the cultural and historical significance of the dances and the societies from which they originate.
Muntu understand that there is merit in all cultures. We seek to appreciate the differences in order to amplify the similarities.
Deeply Rooted Dance Theater reimagines and diversifies the aesthetics of contemporary dance by uniting modern, classical, American, and African-American traditions in dance and storytelling. Through its uncompromising pursuit of excellence, Deeply Rooted demonstrates the transformative power of art and beauty through dance education, performance, and cultural enrichment.
Deeply Rooted is rooted in traditions of American and African-American dance, storytelling, and universal themes that spark a visceral experience and ignite an emotional response in diverse audiences worldwide. Deeply Rooted collaborates with nationally renowned choreographers, across the spectrum of modern, ballet, and African dance, to reflect contemporary voices.