Black History Culture : Muntu Dance Theatre

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    1972-07-09

    Muntu Dance Theatre’s was founded on this date in 1972 in Chicago.

    In the Bantu language, "muntu" means "the essence of humanity." Muntu Dance Theatre performs authentic and progressive interpretations of modern and ancient African and African-American dance, music, and folklore. It has existed on the spirit and abundant energies of its directors, dancers, musicians, and it has a reputation for making consistent artistic statements of cultural and historical significance. A colorful and invigorating professional company, Muntu often brings its audiences into the aisles with its unique mixture of dance, rhythm, and song.

    The company has received enthusiastic and critical acclaim throughout the United States and abroad. Muntu researches the cultural and historic significance of the dances and the societies from which they originate. They are, in effect, a company of teachers of their art form and its accurate transmittal to audiences. Muntu strives continuously to increase the level of knowledge and enjoyment of African culture through a professional performing art form.

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    http://www.muntu.com/

    Founded in 1972, The Chicago-based Muntu Dance Theatre performs authentic and progressive interpretations of contemporary and ancient African and African-American dance, music, and folklore. A colorful and dynamic Company, Muntu brings its audiences out of their seats and into the aisles with its unique synthesis of dance, rhythm and song. 

The Company is highly regarded for its innovative repertory, preserving traditional African dance while creating new works that build on African, Caribbean and African-American cultural traditions. We carefully research the cultural and historical significance of the dances and the societies from which they originate. As a result, Muntu is more than just a performing company. We are also a company of teachers: an essential element to the perpetuation of our art form and its accurate transmittal to our audiences. Muntu's core programs include professional performances both at home and abroad, comprehensive community arts programs, classes for the public and professional training for emerging new young artists.
    We understand that there is merit in all cultures. We seek to appreciate the differences in order to amplify the similarities
    Our Mission

    The mission of Muntu Dance Theatre is to preserve and perpetuate the African aesthetic and its influence on world cultures, through the education and professional presentation of dance, music and folklore. Our goal is to share these important works with the broadest possible audience.
    Muntu's core programs include professional performances both at home and abroad, comprehensive community arts programs, classes for the public and professional training for emerging new young artists.
    Our Core Values

    Authenticity

    Our dance and art will always be an authentic and genuine representation of the cultural forms we present.
    Integrity

    Our organizational and people management will be sound and responsible to ensure institutional credibility and viability and to maximize individual contribution. Our relationships with audiences, communities, supporters and business partners will be forthright and of the highest integrity.
    Service

    Our productions, performances, programs, and services will be developed for the collective good of Muntu and the diverse communities we serve.
    Quality

    We will engage in continuous improvement and development to ensure that we provide the highest quality product for our communities and audiences.
     
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    Muntu partners with schools, park districts, and other community centers to provide quality training in dance, music and visual arts. Our programs are available for ages five to fifty.
    Programs Include

    • Hands-on Residencies
    • Workshops
    • Professional Development for Teachers and Artists
    • Ensemble Performances
    Philosophy

    In 1993, Muntu officially launched Arts for Community Empowerment (ACE) as its arts education program. ACE was created based on its belief that all children should have opportunities to participate actively in the arts, both in their schools and in their local and greater communities.

    http://www.muntu.com/#arts-education
     
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