World-renowned dancer/drummer to present concert
The Lake Erie College Dance Department is pleased to announce an African dance and drumming concert featuring world-renowned Habib Iddrisu, the 2008 artist-in-residence at the College, and Lake Erie students.
The concert, including solo and group work developed by Iddrisu during his residency, will be held on Wednesday, April 16at 7 p.m. in the C.K. Rickel Theatre of the College’s Fine Arts Building.
In addition to teaching at the College, Iddrisu has been active in the northeast Ohio community. While in residency, he has offered master classes and lecture demonstrations of West African dance and drumming in schools throughout the area to audiences totaling more than 5,000 students.
Named Ghana’s Best Dancer in 1993, Iddrisu was the choreographer of both groups to welcome President Bill Clinton 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 has 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 Anne Kilcawley Christman 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.