September 23, 2015—The newest member of the dance faculty is Assistant Professor Habib Iddrisu, a traditionally trained musician, dancer, and historian from northern Ghana. Iddrisu is bringing his talent to the creation of a new dance ensemble, called Dema, which Iddrisu calls “a total African performance experience.”
Continuing the good work of the now-retired Dance Africa, the Dema ensemble will combine the study and performance of traditional arts, including drumming, dance, singing, and storytelling from a variety of African cultures.
“My goal with Dema is to advance cross–cultural understanding by providing an opening for UO students to move outside their comfort zones,” says Iddrisu. “Students will expand their world views through performances, student interactions, and interactions with performers and teachers from African nations.”
Dema will have a flexible credit (1-3) system, and will be open to all students, faculty, and staff of the UO. No audition is necessary. Local community members are also welcome to register for the ensemble by contacting the department office.
Photo credit: Josh Corn and Kristina Stamatis