Greenfield Treasures Series Workshops
Greenfield Treasures Series workshops are free 60-minute participatory workshops designed to provide a deeper look into a variety of music and dance styles. Workshops are held at the Mann Center’s Crescendo tent overlooking the Philadelphia skyline. Students are guided through a hands-on experience through multicultural performances by renowned local artists. Greenfield Treasures Series workshops are held from July – August with dates and details listed below. Registration is required for admission. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and tickets will not be distributed. The Greenfield Treasures Series is partially endowed by a grant from The Albert M. Greenfield Foundation.
Three Aksha Dance Company
Wednesday, July 10
Unlike folk dances, Indian classical dances are all about technicalities and strict rules through poses and eye and hand shapes, which paint a picture for the audience. India has a very rich culture of dance and music, including traditional, classical, folk, and tribal dances styles. These incredible traditional dances of India originated during the ancient times and are considered the mother art of classical dances. The classical dances of India includes Bharatanatyam, the oldest form of classical dance in the country and one of the most popular classical dances in India. Join us as Three Aksha tells stories through dance and visual delight along with Indian percussion instruments. Take a journey to India and learn about the beauty of the art form.
Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble
Friday, July 12
African dance occupies a central place in cultures throughout the African continent, embodying energy and a graceful beauty flowing with rhythm. In Africa, dance is a means of marking life experiences, encouraging abundant crops, honoring kings and queens, celebrating weddings, marking rites of passage, and other ceremonial occasions. Dance is also done purely for enjoyment. Ritual dance, including many dances utilizing masks, is a way of achieving communication with the gods. Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble brings pure joy and energy to audiences taking students on a journey through West African styles.
Tiny Tots Foundation Series
Tuesday, July 30
Tiny Tots workshops provide a nurturing environment where children can discover their creativity and self-expression through the arts. They are participatory workshops with performances in music, creative dramatics, puppetry, storytelling, dance, and movement for ages 3 to 5 years. Tiny Tots sessions require adequate teacher/chaperone attendance. Events are held from July to August on the Mann Center campus. Registration is required for admission. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and tickets will not be distributed.
Wednesday, July 31
Capoeira is a Brazilian art form which combines fight, dance, rhythm, and movement. Capoeira is a dialogue between players - a conversation through movement which can take on many shades of meaning. The mission of Project Capoeira is to promote intercultural understanding and a sense of community through arts education and social outreach. The organization works to preserve, develop, and share Capoeira, a Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial arts, games, music, and dance. Project Capoeira takes a lead role in promoting Brazilian culture in the Philadelphia area. Come and enjoy the sounds of traditional Brazilian instruments, drums, and dynamic movement!
The Philadelphia Suns Lion Dance Troupe
Monday, August 5
In Chinese culture, the lion symbolizes power, wisdom, and superiority. People perform lion dances at Chinese festivals or big occasions to bring good fortune and chase away evil spirits. The lion dance is one of the most important traditions at Chinese New Year. It is performed to bring prosperity and good luck for the upcoming year. The lion dance is also a way to create a festive atmosphere and bring happiness. Performed in a lion costume and accompanied by the music of beating drums, clashing cymbals, and resounding gongs, lion dances imitate a lion's various movements or demonstrate martial arts agility, depending on the style. Join us to experience the bright colored lions and learn about this important aspect of Asian culture.
Wednesday, August 7
Trinidelphia has been pleasing audiences with their distinct combination of Caribbean and American styles for over a decade, after meeting in Philadelphia in 2005. Fusing Trinidadian Soca and Calypso with Latin jazz, reggae, salsa, and American Top 40, they have developed a sound all their own. Their unique and rhythmic arrangements of jazz and popular songs cast the steelpan in fresh, new light, pushing the stylistic and artistic boundaries of an often typecast instrument. Fronted by steel drummer/trumpeter Chris Aschman and lead vocalist/percussionist Shawn Hennessey, they are complemented by the dynamic rhythm section of Ian Rafalak on bass and Joe Truglio on drum set. Come join us and learn about the sounds and rhythms of the Caribbean.
Los Bomberos de la Calle
Thursday, August 8
Bomba is one of the traditional musical styles of Puerto Rico. It is the mixture of the three different cultures of the Island: the Spanish, African, and Taino cultures. While Bomba can be used as the generic name for a number of rhythms, its real meaning is about the encounter and creative relationship between dancers, percussionists, and singers. Bomba is a communal activity that still thrives in its traditional centers of Loíza, Santurce, Mayagüez, Ponce, New York City, and now Philadelphia! Come let the beat fill you up and learn about Puerto Rico’s cherished dance and music tradition.