Ignite Arts Dallas and South Dallas Cultural Center present Gomela/to return: Movement of Our Mother Tongue
SMU Meadows School of the Arts’ Ignite/Arts Dallas initiative and the South Dallas Cultural Center (SDCC) present the Dallas appearance of Junebug Productions’ nationally touring show Gomela/to return: Movement of Our Mother Tongue. Junebug, which is based in New Orleans, developed Gomela as an original, multi-disciplinary performance highlighting the stories and histories of New Orleans’ African American communities.
Gomela, a Bantu word, means “to go back to/to return.” Directed by Stephanie McKee and developed by dancers Kesha McKey, Kai Knight, Jeremy Guyton and poet Sunni Patterson, Gomela takes audience members on a journey through time and space. Illuminating the connection between Africa, Haiti and New Orleans, Gomela highlights the vibrant and percussive movements and stories that breathe life into ancient African dance and drumming and contemporary artistic expression, including spoken word, hip-hop and jazz. Each show will be followed by discussions with audience members who will be encouraged to share their own experiences, sparked by the performance.