World-renowned African dancer and drummer set to visit Oct. 20
Lake Erie College will welcome world-renowned dancer and drummer Habib Iddrisu to share his expertise with the community Oct. 20 from 1-5 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building.
Iddrisu will lead a master class in West African dance from 1:00-2:15 p.m., prior to a lecture demonstration titled, “Ancestral Wisdom,” from 2:30-3:30 p.m. The lecture will be followed by a reception and the day’s events will conclude with a panel discussion on the topic of “From the House of our Ancestors.” The panel discussion, comprised of Iddrisu, artist Richard Howell, Photographer Halim Ina and Africanist scholar Pam McKee, will run from 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Named Ghana’s Best Dancer in 1993, Iddrisu is world renowned for his African dancing and drumming. He was the choreographer of both groups to welcome President Bill Clinton’s visits to Ghana in 1996. In 2002, his version of South African gumboot dance was selected and presented at the National American College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
Iddrisu has shared his expertise throughout Africa, Europe and the United States as a choreographer, dancer and master drummer with Abibigromma, a national dance/theatre company of the University of Ghana-Legon, West Africa.
A child prodigy by age eight, Iddrisu is a Ph.D. candidate in Performance Studies at Northwestern University. He’s taught African music and dance classes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cleveland State University, James Madison University and the University of Toledo.
The event is free and open to the public with the support of The Friends of African and African American Art and The Anne Christman Kilcawley Speaker Series of Lake Erie College. For more information, contact Chris DiCello, associate professor of dance, at 440.375.7455 or firstname.lastname@example.org.