BabsonARTS to Present SPIRIT OF UGANDA, 3/9

BabsonARTS to Present SPIRIT OF UGANDA, 3/9

Throughout Africa, dance and music are the "breath of life, a philosophy that propels the performers of Spirit of Uganda, a drumming, music and dance spectacle celebrating more than 50 distinct ethnic groups that contribute to Uganda's rich culture. This diverse troupe will perform Sunday March 9 as part of BabsonARTS's debut live performance mini-series.

"The deeper we breathe, the longer we live, and the more diverse and culturally rich we become," says Peter Kasule, The Spirit of Uganda troupe's artistic director and master of ceremonies. These young performers embody the spirit of today's Ugandan youth and the promise of their futures."

Performances will take place on Sunday March 9, 2014 at 2:00pm (Free and for Babson students only) and 7:00pm (Public) at Carling-Sorenson Theater at Babson Park. Tickets for the 7:00pm performance are $20; Babson faculty and staff $10; students $5 and available at For more information visit BabsonARTS programming is made possible by the generosity of Richard W. '68 and Sandra L. Sorenson.

The Spirit of Uganda troupe is comprised of 21 performers ranging from ages 2-13, many representing Uganda's 2.4 million orphans, whose lives have been impacted by AIDS, civil war and the infamous Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army. The company is a project of the nonprofit Empower African Children, working to meet orphans' needs, first byfeeding and housing them, then by sending them to school and exposing them to the traditional art forms of their homeland. As impassioned ambassadors of their culture, artists of the highest caliber, and advocates for their homeland, these children are joyous, thriving examples of what is possible when potential is recognized and realized.

Spirit of Uganda has been seen at NYU's Skirball Center and NYC's Joyce Theater, UC Davis and Santa Barbara, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Annenberg Center, the universities of NC, IL, MI, & MA, at the Vancouver Cultural Olympiad and the UN General Assembly. Special appearances also include Macy's Passport AIDS benefits in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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