National Ballet of Senegal

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National Ballet of Senegal

Harry M Miller Presents The National Ballet of Senegal Australia Tour 1974

The premier dance company in West Africa, Le Ballet National du Senegal, has won
international acclaim for its exuberant, colorful and precise performances representing the
nation’s 15 distinct ethnic groups. Founded by poet and national leader Leopold S. Senghor in
1960, the year of Senegal’s independence from France, the company features the nation’s finest
young dancers and musicians. In a 1995 story, the New York Times Union asked, “Looking for
the origin of the jitterbug, frug, charleston, shimmy and shake, and maybe even the spiritual roots
of dance? Look to Senegal.”
The performances of Le Ballet National du Senegal are characterized by high-energy
choreography that soars above the stage, performed by 16 dancers with unmatched physical gifts
and discipline. Music, the foundation of each performance, is provided by Le Ballet National du
Senegal’s 15-member ensemble of drums and traditional instruments, including the kora, the dan,and the balafon dalinke. Beyond the music and movement, the company is renowned for the
infectious joy that fills the stage for every performance. Presently directed by Ousmane Diakhate
and Bouly Sonko, Le Ballet National du Senegal is known for its exceptionally beautiful dancers
(both women and men), who not only present a dance; they share a culture and its traditions with
the audience. The result is emotionally moving, involved, and impressive.

Souvenir Brochure: This Edition Published 1974

Theatre: Australian Tour

Size: 210 x 300 mm Approx 26 pages Lots of Pictures of the Troupe

Condition: Used Good 8 – 10

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