The Elegba Folklore Society will perform “African Dance, Music and the Oral Tradition” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2 in Murchison Lane Auditorium at Sweet Briar College’s Babcock Fine Arts Center.
The Richmond-based group uses music, dance and storytelling in an interactive program to engage audiences in an African culture experience. Dancers, drummers, singers and masquerades focus primarily on West Africa to explore the cultural and historical roots of the dance and the music, and its relationship to the United States.
Elegba’s performance is one of several events at Sweet Briar being held this semester in conjunction with “Telling Objects: African Art from the Permanent Collection of the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts,” an art exhibit on display through April 5 in the Anne Gary Pannell Gallery.
The collection, on loan from the Longwood [University] Center for Visual Arts in Farmville, is open to the public at no charge. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Friday and 1 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
The exhibition and related programs are made possible in part by a grant from the Virginia Commission of the Arts and by the Sweet Briar College Lectures and Events Committee. “African Dance, Music and the Oral Tradition” is a Babcock Season event.
Admission to Elegba’s performance is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for students and free for children younger than 12 and members of the Sweet Briar community. Tickets go on sale March 30 and may be reserved by calling (434) 381-6120 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who wish to pay by credit card can do so online at www.lynchburgtickets.com. A complimentary reception will follow the performance.