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Voices of Strength: Program II

Part of Voices of Strength: Contemporary Dance and Theater by Women from Africa

Sombra—Maria Helena Pinto (Mozambique)

In a stirring and stark solo performed with a bucket obscuring her face, Maria Helena Pinto illuminates the lives of “invisible” women: pushing our society forward, yet existing only in shadows.

Madame Plaza—Bouchra Ouizguen (Morocco)

Bodies and song merge in a profoundly contemporary piece featuring three Aïta vocalists, whose traditional technique includes guttural wailing and incantation.


Voices of Strength is a project of The Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium, curated and presented in partnership with MAPP International Productions. Support provided by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

In honor of Dale Schatzlein (1948–2006) and his important work in dance and jazz in the Twin Cities, additional support is provided by Emily Maltz.