Ohio's Victoria Theatre Association Welcomes ROYAL DRUMMERS AND DANCERS OF BURUNDI, 11/1


Victoria Theatre Association will present the ROYAL DRUMMERS AND DANCERS OF BURUNDI Thursday, November 1 at 7:00 pm at the historic Victoria Theatre, as part of VTA's 2012-2013 African-American Arts Festival. Tickets start at $16 and go on sale August 11 at the Ticket Center Stage Box Office.

Although the ROYAL DRUMMERS AND DANCERS OF BURUNDI gained Western acclaim in 1975 after being featured on Joni Mitchell's Grammy-nominated album, The Hissing of Summer Lawns, they have been performing in Africa for many centuries. Originating as ceremonial performers for Burundian kings, this troupe plays to celebrate their culture and honor the sacred powers of the drums, which represent the powers of fertility and regeneration. The ROYAL DRUMMERS AND DANCERS OF BURUNDI have toured around the world since 1960. In fact, their performances inspirEd Thomas Brooman to organize the very first WOMAD festival in 1982. In addition to touring worldwide and sparking the World Music boom, the ROYAL DRUMMERS AND DANCERS OF BURUNDI have recorded three albums with the Real World Label.

Tickets for the ROYAL DRUMMERS AND DANCERS OF BURUNDI start at $16 and go on sale August 11 in person at 8 am at the Ticket Center Stage Box Office located in the Wintergarden of the Schuster Center and at 10 am online at www.ticketcenterstage.com. Phone sales being August 13 at 10 a.m. by calling (937)228-3630 or toll free (888) 228-3630.<

For more information about Victoria Theatre Association's 2012-2013 season, visit www.victoriatheatre.com.

Victoria Theatre Association is one of Dayton's premier arts organizations, presenting the Premier Health Partners Broadway Series, the PNC Family Series, the Michelob Ultra Cool Films series, Star Attractions, the Projects Unlimited Variety Series, African-American Arts Festival, and The Frank M. Tait Foundation Discovery Series, which features curriculum-enhanced live theatre productions for school children. Victoria Theatre Association is proud of its alliance with the Dayton Opera. In addition to the performances it presents, Victoria Theatre Association also manages the historic Victoria Theatre, the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, and the Metropolitan Arts Center, which houses The Loft Theatre. Victoria Theatre Association receives funding from a variety of diverse public, corporate, individual and private sources, including the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District and the Ohio Arts Council. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program or organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.