This blog will post various dance events, cultural events, or other pertinent information that takes place in and outside the bay area. However, the focus is on my classes, workshops, performances, etc, the (CDDF) Congolese Dance and Drum Festival:BIAMVU BIA KONGO will happen September 26-28, 2014 instead of October, and Congo Week VII, October 19-25, 2014. Happy Dancing!
We've told you to save the dates and now it's time. Congolese Dance performance workshops, CO.SEN.GU + Liberian dance workshops, including collaborations with Mbayero, Naomi Diouf of Diamano Coura West African Dance Company, Theo of SambaFunk, and Alseny Soumah of Ballet Merveilles and Lahyidi, and other workshops will take place beginning this week through the end of August /w Distinguished Artist BIZA Sompa! See complete schedule below, most workshops will have a sliding scale. For any questions, please respond to this email. You can also find the schedule on the Cultural Arts of Gold FB page...
Biza Sompa 2014 Tour/Workshop Schedule: (subject to change)
OAKLAND: Sun 8/24, Combo /w Theo (SambaFunk), Malonga Center, 2nd fl, 4:00 - 6:00pm, $15
NEVADA CITY: Tues, 8/26, Cultural Center, Nevada City, DRUM Class, 4:00 - 5:00pm, $20, Dance Class 5:00 - 6:30pm, $15
OAKLAND: Thurs, 8/28, Performance Workshop #5, Malonga Center, 3rd fl, Studio C, 7:00 - 8:30pm, $18 drop-in ($15ea if at least 4 wkshps are paid in advance)
Labor Day Weekend-Santa Cruz Conference
*Please Note: The culminating presentation from the performance workshops will take place at the Congolese Dance and Drum Festival 2014: BIAMVU BIA KONGO on Friday evening, September 26, Malonga Center, Studio:TBA. The festival in general is 9/26 - 9/28. Students will be required to wear their own solid black tank tops/t-shirts and lappas (African wrap) of any color or pants if male. We're requesting that a minimum of 10 students commit to performing.
Special Thanks to all who helped make this possible: Leslie Carter, Director of African Queens Dance Company, Dimensions Dance Theater, Asia (Ukiah), Vivien Bassouamina (Santa Cruz), Cai Sorlien and crew (Nevada City), Alseny Soumah of Ballet Merveilles and Lahyidi, Theo of SambaFunk, Naomi Diouf, Artistic Director of Diamano Coura West African Dance Company, Mbayero, all musicians/drummers and anyone else that I may have forgotten :)
LaKiesha Golden, Director
Cultural Arts of GOLD and
P.O. BOX 18576
OAKLAND, CA 94619
Save the Dates: Sept. 26-28, 2014:Congolese Dance and Drum Festival:BIAMVU BIA KONGO, Oakland, CA
Please "Like" our Cultural Arts of GOLD - CAG Facebook Page
hope everyone had a great
holiday season and will have a happy, healthy, prosperous 2014! January
is always a good time for transitions and change. So, beginning this
month, the cost of class goes back to $12! The $15 rate will still apply
from time to time for some guests, but I'll keep you posted in advance.
Also, for the month of January, if you bring someone new to the class
(it's their 1st Sunday class), their cost is $10! Malonga Casquelourd
Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice Street, 2nd floor, Studio A, Downtown Oakland, 12:00p - 1:30p. Here's the January schedule:
1/19: Vivien Bassouamina
*Vivien also has a new class on Wednesdays, 8p-9:30p at Destiny Arts, 970 Grace in Oakland...
*Congolese Dance and Drum Festival:BIAMVU BIA CONGO - SEPTEMBER 2014, OAKLAND, CA
LaKiesha Golden, Director Cultural Arts of Gold (CAG)
We Thank You for dancing with us in the weekly Sunday
Congolese with our guests! So,
come back, bring a friend or two back plus whomever you brought last week, bring
exact change, and come on time if you can! We welcome new faces,
familiar faces, those re-entering dance, and everything in between that
has positive energy! Hope to see you on the dance floor! Co-sponsored
by Cultural Arts of GOLD and Special Thanks to Leslie Carter, Director
of African Queens! Please post/share on your friends' FB pages...Matondo
to Vivien and Loubayi for last 2 weekends! The following are upcoming:
Sunday, 11/24/13: Congolese Dance Workshop /w Vivien BASSOUAMINA
F.Y.I. The CO.SEN.GU. workshops with Biza, Ousseynou, and Alseny
hosted by Cultural Arts of Gold this time last year are being postponed
to next Spring, given we can find a date when the schedules of all these
wonderful artists can come together again...stay tuned...
Malonga Center, 1428 Alice Street, 2nd fl, Studio A, Oakland, CA 12:00pm - 1:30pm, $15
LaKiesha Golden, Director Cultural Arts of Gold (CAG)
You Again-MATONDO for supporting any of the special Congolese events,
particularly those co-sponsored by Cultural Arts of Gold this season
from September through last Sunday at the weekly Sunday 12p Congolese
dance class with international guest artist Willy Loketo!!!!
We invite you to continue to the Congolese high and momentum by dancing with us tomorrow! So, bring a friend
or two back plus whomever you brought last week, bring exact change,
and come on time if you can! We welcome new faces, familiar faces, those
re-entering dance, and everything in between that has positive energy!
Hope to see you on the dance floor!
Sunday, 11/10/13 Congolese Dance /w Mbayero and LaKiesha Malonga Center, 1428 Alice Street, 2nd fl, Studio A, Oakland, CA 12:00pm - 1:30pm, $15 Live Drumming!
Breaking the Silence CONGOWEEK via Friends of the Congo runs October 20-26, 2013. To honor this week, Cultural Arts of Gold is hosting a Film Screening of "The Greatest Silence:Rape in the Congo", this Thursday, October 24, 2013, 6:00pm-7:30pm, Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice Street, 2nd floor, Studio A, Oakland, CA. Please spread the word, bring a friend, and come on time if you can!
*Special Thanks to Leslie Carter, Director of African Queens Youth Dance Company
Also, the next two Sunday Congolese Dance classes at the Malonga Center will be taught by international guest artist Willy Loketo!
Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts 1428 Alice Street, 2nd floor, Studio A Sundays 10/27/13 and 11/3/13 Cost:$15, 12:00pm-1:30pm
co-sponsored by Fua Dia Congo Performing Arts Dance Company, Mbayero, and Cultural Arts of GOLD
Please visit the link below or Fua Dia Congo Performing Arts Company on Facebook for other KONGOisms events this week: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=kowiezbab&v=001zHmPEHN4waPJl566vvN4uif05tChAg43T71Rnmn6j7gAaJiVcUU8H84ugqiM_nZqmR3VXudimdFPtS3ifXwDFx43wSTtR6roJFnj7fksevTnJ2IWv_QTAx2IfQIkQJhum9K9ykQlXaj4uWIlA5URBFSib-gp0-L6raJABqdzWFcHHSiUDW9tWzVYzeYocKQbjeOTDSBxIgucDOAa38xlwb_REUHvwI-dR6RU3RESwG27FvqSwG_slHJXQIHRM5CSb2Ruba9_dBr4pqk1d7LD9UyPdC8oGjUiLRShp7IXYEk%3D
Greetings Dance Community, The big life event of my weekend aside from an upcoming birthday, the Congolese Dance and
Drum Festival 2013: BIAMVU BIA KONGO (meaning Bridges of the Congo) took place October 11-13, 2013 at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for
the Arts, Oakland, CA, and for this, I must say
MATONDO to the community near and far, the new faces, the youth, those
who just observed, those who asked questions about the festival, those
there in spirit, those who told anyone about it, passed on a flyer,
email, or other type of message, those who came to help/support the
drumming, the Vendors, the Malonga Center staff, the City of Oakland
Dimensions Dance Theater, my helpers:Gabriela, Tyese, Asatu, Denise Pate
Pearson, CB, Jumoke, Rhowana, (hope I didn't forget anyone,
didn't mean to), and most definitely to the BIAMVU BIA KONGO festival
artists who are all amazing and some of the best at their craft: the
elder of the festival and the person if I had to choose only one, who I
credit as my teacher--Biza Sompa, Makaya "Kayos", Loubayi, Balekita, Armel, Teber Milandou-Sita, Mampouya (EXTRA
Matondo to the drummers because they rocked it, Nobody does it like the
Congo when it comes to singing and drumming, gotta LOVE it!) Colette Eloi, Laure Fleurentin, Cassy Joseph & Haitian Drummer Crew, Javier Gordillo Barrera, Pedro Rosales, and Braulio Barrera. Can't do it
without you!!! Please inbox me with your email
address if I don't have it to get a survey, which will be going out this
week to get your thoughts/comments about the festival. Otherwise,
expect it to be sent on the SF and Santa Cruz yahoo groups and/or your
email listed on the sign-in sheets. Save the Dates for CDDF 2014:BIAMVU
BIA KONGO, tentatively September (3rd or 4th weekend)! Please let me
know if anything else annual happens at that time. MATONDO!!!!
as tired as I am, it's not over yet....BREAKING THE SILENCE CONGO WEEK
is October 20-26, 2013, look for various events around the Bay Area,
Cultural Arts of Gold may be hosting a candlelight vigil and lecture
and/or film showing next Thursday, 10/24, 6p-7:30p at the Malonga
Center, update to post soon....Attached are a couple of pics from BIAMVU
BIA KONGO with the PERUvian connection on Friday, 10/11/13......more
pics to come at a later date....maybe I'll get to rest at least a little
now...hmm. Please return all surveys to the address listed below or return them to this email address. Thanks.
ONGOING: CONGOLESE DANCE SUNDAYS, 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Malonga Center, 1428 Alice Street, 2nd floor,
Sun., 10/20/13: Mbayero and LaKiesha, $15
See you on the dance floor!
LaKiesha Golden, Coordinator
Congolese Dance and Drum Festival c/o LaKiesha Golden P. O. BOX 18576 Oakland, CA
Closed...BIAMVU BIA KONGO IS HERE!!!!!!!
Reminder: This weekend in Oakland, CA, is the Congolese
Dance & Drum Festival 2013: BIAMVU
BIA KONGO to be held at the Malonga
Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice Street, 2nd and 3rd floors. Pre-registration
for the discounted rate on workshops is now closed. Still feel free to take
as many workshops as you like! There will be vendors on Saturday and Sunday,
please support them as well. All Festival Details can be found
at:WWW.YOUMUSTDANCE.BLOGSPOT.COM. Please Check out the other Congolese Teaching
Artists for the festival below. Also, please remember that there are a few
things for the non-dancer and the early-riser: SATURDAY, 10/12 - Haitian
Lecture @ 9:00AM, Congolese Drum Workshop @ 10:30AM, Kids Dance Workshop @
1:30p, SUNDAY, 10/13 - Congolese LANGUAGE (Lari) Workhsop @ 9:00AM! This is a
not to be missed event, as we will something for everyone!
CDDF 2013 ARTIST PLUG
HERVE 'KAYOS' MAKAYA
'KAYOS' is a traditional and contemporary artist-choreographer, dancer, and
drummer from Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo in Central Africa. He
arrived in the U.S. in 2007, brought to the states as an artist performing with
Compagnie Li-Sangha in the San Francisco International Arts Festival.
Prior to his arrival, he had toured parts of Europe while working with
professional dance companies from the Congo. He currently teaches dance
and/or drum workshops/classes in Ukiah, Santa Cruz, and other places in the Bay
Area. His energetic, technical style is desired by many.
ARNAUD LOUBAYI of Brazzaville,
Republic of the Congo, started his artistic career in 2000. He took part in
various courses and trainings in modern, contemporary dance with several
choreographers. He toured with many companies as solo artist. He joined the
group Ngoma Za Kongo in 2006 as a choreographer and toured many places in
Africa, Asia, and America. With his experience as a dancer and choreographer,
Arnaud Loubayi would like to introduce his perspective of the arts and
traditions of Congolese dance to America.
LaKiesha Golden began studying Congolese dance in 1994 with Biza Sompa,
Director of Bichini Bia Congo Dance Theater in Michigan, where she later became
a core member and assistant to the Director. She was also a core member for six
consecutive year (until 2006) of Fua Dia Congo, directed by the late Malonga
Casquelourd in Oakland, CA. Ms. Golden is the Manager and Coordinator for the
Congolese Dance and Drum Festival: BIAMVU
BIA KONGO , held consecutively 2006-2009, October 2013. She performs with
Haitian dance performing companies, Rara Tou Limen, directed by Portsha
Jefferson, and El Wah Movement, directed by Colette Eloi, both in Oakland, CA.
Ms. Golden is an Artist in Residence for Dimensions Dance Theater, teaching
dance in Oakland Public Schools since 2004. She also teaches workshops, private
classes, and organizes arts events in an effort to preserve the cultural arts.
1 Week Countdown to Pre-Registration Deadline and Artist Plug no2
CONGOLESE DANCE AND DRUM FESTIVAL 2013, entitled BIAMVUBIAKONGO (Bridges of the Congo), will be held Friday, October 11th - Sunday, October 13th at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice Street, 3rd floor in downtown in Oakland, CA. This is a friendly reminder that we are within the One Week Countdown to Pre-Reg Deadline 10/4/13. Send your
pre-registration form by OCT. 4, 2013 with 4 or more dance workshops
chosen and pay $13 per workshop. View Schedule and other details at:WWW.YOUMUSTDANCE.BLOGSPOT.COM.
Check out the highlighted festival artists below representing the
Diaspora through the Congolese lens. Festival is going to be Hot, Hot,
Hot! This is a not to be missed event!
CDDF 2013 Artist Plug no2 (PERU and HAITI):
JAVIER GORDILLO BARRERA,
direct from Lima, Peru! Javier Barrera is a Master Dancer,
Choreographer and Percussionist(Cajon). He’s the
director of Escencia Negra Afro Peruvian Performing Company. Javier's classes are highly requested by all who have encountered his teaching style!
Haitian Master Dancer Laure Fleurentin can be considered as one of the
most versatile Haitian Folkloric dancers of our times. Ms. Fleurentin is
not only a graduate from L'ENARTS (Ecole National des Arts in Port au
Prince, Haiti), but she's also a trained Ballet and Jazz dancer because
training at the American Academy of Ballet & Arts in Delmas,
she studied Haitian Folkloric dance with Armande J. Piard and Viviane Gauthier,
the most respected professor of Haitian Folkloric dance traditions also called
in French "La Doyenne de la danse Folklorique Haitienne". With
Viviane Gauthier dance company, Laure professional career began as a dancer.
Florencia Pierre "Fofo", master dancer and teacher at Viviane Gauthier's
school invited Ms Fleurentin to be part of her dance company "Afoutayi
JAKA". Ms Fleurentin got invitations to dance with Peniel Guerrier dance
company "Tamboula", Ramses Pierre P., "ADA" (Ayiti Dance
ensemble) of Emmanuel Louis, Jean Apollon and many others. Ms Fleurentin is
also a trained vocalist in Haitian traditional chants, the ones that usually
accompany the many Folkloric dances. Today, Ms Fleurentin has decided to work
with long time friend Cassy Joseph to help expand Haitian Folkloric art and
culture in the United States and the Bay Area.
Cassy Joseph is an exceptional Haitian master drummer who started his
of Haitian rhythms at 12 years of age, at a Catholic church in South
East Haiti with Pere Edner Desvalcin. Mr. Joseph continued developing
his drumming skills in Petionville, Port au Prince with Eddy Jean,
mostly learning Haitian folkloric and Rada rhythms (Yanvalou, Pas Rigol
Mr Joseph had the privilege to work
with La Troupe Aradayo, Arawak d'Haiti, La Troupe Baleldjo d'Haiti directed by
master dancer Viviane Demerville, ADA directed by Emmanuel Louis, La Compagnie
ARTCHO Danse Repertoire directed by Jean-Guy Saintus, the Institute of Dance
Lynn Williams Rozier, the Jean-Rene Delsoin Dance center & and the dance
company CDJRD. With the later, Mr. Joseph traveled throughout the French
Caribbean, Canada, China, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Today, Mr. Joseph
has decided to associate himself with long time friend Laure Fleurentin to help
develop the appreciation of Haitian culture in the United States, and most
particularly the Bay Area.
Colette Eloi is a former student of Laney College having taken her
first formal Haitian Dance class there with Lynn Coles. Ms. Eloi has
dedicated her life to sharing with the world
the rich traditions and cultural history of her parent’s native Haiti.
She is the Artistic Director of El Wah Movement Dance Theater. She has performed professionally, nationally and internationally as a
dancer/singer/choreographer. She has performed with various groups
including Petit Le Croix, Reconnect, Chouconne Haitian Dance Troupe-NY,
Emese (Messagers of the African Diaspora), Dimensions Dance Theatre,
and Nuba. She is also a board member of the Northern California
Katherine Dunham Project. She received her formal foundational dance
training at UC Berkeley where she received a BA in Development Studies. She also calls the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Performing Arts,
formerly the Alice Art Center, her home. She has studied many styles
including; jazz, ballet, modern, Dunham Technique and many traditional
and folkloric styles. She has traveled to Haiti to study dance with
master teachers. To complement her understanding of the intricacies of
Haitian Dance, Colette studied Haitian drumming as well. Ms. Eloi is a
celebrated artist having earned awards for her artistic endeavors
including several exemplary choreography commissions, such as the West
Coast premiere of the Tim Rice and Elton John’s “Aida” for which
she received an award for choreography. She was also commissioned to
choreograph a piece in Tribute of Ms. Katherine Dunham with Ms. Ruth
Beckford. Having done dance research in Africa and several locales in
the African Diaspora, Ms. Eloi offers a thorough glimpse into the world
of Haitian Folkloric Dance, emphasizing the connections that exist
in African based cultural art forms. Ms. Eloi received her MFA from
the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco