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West African Drumming and Dance Performance
July 13 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Performance takes place at Max Square in downtown La Grande as part of the July 13 La Grande Farmers Market entertainment.
Experience the joy and passion of West African culture through a vibrant performance filled with drumming, dance, and singing from Guinea, West Africa on July 13 at Max Square. The performance will take place at 10:30 am during the La Grande Farmers Market. It is free and open to all.
Join Art Center East in welcoming three performers from the West African Cultural Arts Institute based in Eugene. Oregon Culture Keeper, Alseny Yansane, will perform with his son, Papa Yansane, and partner, Andrea DiPalma Yansane in a dynamic showcase of Guinean performing arts. The group will narrate the cultural context of their art-form throughout the performance.
Audience members will enjoy the opportunity to jump in and try out djembe drums provided by Art Center East’s African Drumming Ensemble, as well as learn some traditional greetings and call-and-response songs during this interactive 45-minute performance. Afterwards, audience members can join in an energetic and family-oriented dance and drum jam. Participants will be guided in a “follow the leader” format to learn basic African dance steps and fun group formations to the sound of live drumming lead by Alseny and Papa Yansane.
Yansane is a traditional Guinean dancer and drummer, and a member of the Susu people. The neighborhood where he grew up hosted a national competition of Guinean drumming and dance that drew artists from all over the country and exposed Yansane to a wide range of styles. He performed in several ensembles before joining the prestigious Ballet Africains, with which he toured for several years. Alseny’s dance style is powerful, yet graceful. His movements have amazing fluidity and extension. He has brought crowds of spectators to their feet with his fancy acrobatics and lifting techniques. In 2007, he co-founded the West African Cultural Arts Institute with Andrea DiPalma Yansane when they relocated from Guinea to Eugene, Oregon.
This special performance comes to Art Center East through a partnership with the Oregon Folklife Network, an organization that recognizes Yansane as one of Oregon’s Culture Keepers. Funding for the workshop is provided in part by support from the Oregon Folklife Network (administered by the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History) as well as from the Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Historical Society, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Registration cancellations & transfers must be made through Art Center East at (541) 624-2800 48 hours or more before the class start time. We cannot issue refunds or transfers for cancellations received after the 48-hour cutoff. Exceptions will be considered for medical or family emergencies. ACE will honor a refund, minus a $10 administration fee when the cancellation is made 48 hours or more before class start date. When a class is canceled due to low enrollment, we will issue a refund for all registration fees. ACE will contact you in the event of a cancellation.