Kulu Mele at 50

Kulu Mele at 50

LET YOUR COMPANY BENEFIT FROM THE EXCITEMENT OF KULU MELE’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON

BECOME A SEASON SPONSOR TODAY!

In commemoration of Kulu Mele’s 50th anniversary, Kulu Mele is producing Ogun & the Peoplean all-new multi-media work of American dance theater, based in Afro-Cuban culture. Ogun & the People has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, and is co-commissioned by the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. PNC Arts Alive is the official presenting partner for Kulu Mele’s 50thanniversary season. Additional season support has been provided by the Orisa Community Development Corporation, Joe Quinones, Chair.

Ogun & the People is the biggest, most ambitious show Kulu Mele has ever endeavored to create. It is garnering the attention of the media, community leaders and audiences far and wide. Tickets are on sale now and they are selling fast. Let your company get in on all the excitement by becoming a season sponsor!

For a $1,000 cash sponsorship, your company will receive four (4) complimentary top-price tickets to the world premiere performance of Ogun & the People, at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 30, 2019 ($198 value), plus all benefits, one through seven, listed below:

  • Logo, name, URL and a brief message about your company on the landing page of Kulu Mele’s website for 12 months, from October, 2019 through September, 2020.

  • Logo, name, URL and a brief message about your company in Kulu Mele’s monthly e-newsletter (approximately 1,200 subscribers) each month, from October, 2019 through September, 2020.

  • A dedicated e-blast to all Kulu Mele subscribers to announce your sponsorship.

  • Pre-show verbal acknowledgement of your sponsorship over the Annenberg Center’s public address system.

  • The opportunity for your company to have a representative stationed at a marketing table in the venue lobby, up to 60 minutes prior to the show and up to 30 minutes after the show.

  • The opportunity for your company to distribute flyers and/or complimentary promotional materials to be placed on a marketing table in the venue lobby.

  • Long-term (multi-year) inclusion of your company’s logo, on a rotational basis with other sponsors/funders, on Kulu Mele’s website.

For a $2,000 cash sponsorship, your company will receive ten (10) complimentary top price tickets to Ogun & the People ($490 value); plus all benefits, one through seven, listed above, plus:

  • Up to four Facebook announcements at any time during the course of your sponsorship (October, 2019 through September, 2020) to announce/promote your company’s products, services, programs or public events.

  • Your company will be acknowledged as a season co-sponsor on all collateral materials (posters & flyers) promoting the November 30 premiere of Ogun & the People.

  • Your company will be acknowledged as a season co-sponsor in all print advertising promoting the November 30 premiere of Ogun & the People.

For a $3,000 cash sponsorship, your company will receive twenty (20) complimentary top-price tickets to Ogun & the People ($980 value), plus all benefits, one through 10, listed above, plus:

  • Your company will be listed as a co-commissioner of Ogun & the People wherever and whenever it is performed after November 30, 2019 and in perpetuity.

  • Your company will receive two scholarships to the 2019-2020 season of Omo Kulu Mele African dance and/or drumming classes for children ages five to 18. Your company can donate the scholarships to children from economically disadvantaged Philadelphia families who would not be able to participate without your company’s scholarship. The scholarships will include registration fees and tuition from September, 2019 to the children’s finale performance in June, 2020. Costume fees (TBD) not ($1,140 value.)

  • Your company’s scholarships will be separately announced as sponsored by your company on all of the platforms/media outlets listed in benefits one through ten above. (The names and likenesses of the scholarship recipients will not be published for reasons of privacy.)

For more information and lock in your sponsorship, contact Kulu Mele’s executive director, David Harrison, at (917) 238-0756 (cell) or kulumele@kulumele.org.

Kulu Mele in Cuba

On November 30, 2019, (save the date!) Kulu Mele will premiere Ogun & the People, an-all new Afro-Cuban/Yoruba narrative dance and drumming work that commemorate Kulu Mele’s 50th anniversary. To develop this work, Kulu Mele company members and additional artistic and cultural collaborators traveled to Santiago de Cuba for intensive study in studio with world-renowned Ballet Folklorico Cutumba and outside investigations of Cuba’s “oriente” (Eastern region). Kulu Mele travelers were immersed in dance, music, and spiritual, historical and cultural traditions that inform the source story: an Afro-Cuban “pataki” (sacred parable) about how the world falls apart and is rebalanced. This handful of photos shares glimpses of the transformative week. Stay posted on the project here, or email kulumele50@kulumele.org.

 

Ogun & the People has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Photos: Debora Kodish

 

Kulu Mele worked in studio for seven days, September 10-17, 2018 at Teatro Galaxia, the home of Ballet Folklórico Cutumba in Santiago de Cuba.

Kulu Mele artistic director Dorothy Wilkie and Kulu Mele company members discuss elements of the production in development with Cutumba’s artistic director, Idalberto Bandera Sidó and rehearsal director Maura Isaac Álvarez. Selina Morales translates. 9/11/18

Post-rehearsal discussion with Edward Smallwood (left), who dances Ogun. Cutumba artistic director, Idalberto Bandera Sidó, rehearsal director MauraIsaac Álvarez and Selina Morales (translating) are seated. Kulu Mele artistic director, Dorothy Wilkie and Aidan Un (videographer) stand. 9/14/18

Kulu Mele drummers Ira Bond, John Wilkie and Kenneth Fauntleroy rehearsing and learning with Cutumba drummers and singers, led by Diango Sánchez Cobas and Yunia Eni Cisneros Rodriguez. 9/15/18

Crystal Gatling and Cachet Ivey are fitted for costumes (for Oshun and Oya, respectively) for dress rehearsal by Cutumba’s wardrobe mistress. Dorothy WIlkie looks at costume construction. 9/15/18

Kulu Mele company members and Ogun & the People project team members climbed 300 steps up the mountain to El Cimarron, a monument crafted by Alberto Lescay in tribute to enslaved Africans who freed themselves. The historic site is also a shrine: testimony to the spirit of resistance, rebellion and freedom that lives on (including in the pataki in which Kulu Mele is immersed). L-R standing: Selina Morales, Cachet Ivey, Ife Nii-Owoo, Crystal Gatling, Payin Schley, Patricia “Peaches” Jones, Dorothy Wilkie, Tekeytha Amelia Fullwood. Seated on the statue/shrine: Ama Schley, Renelle Anansa Smith, Yusuf Young, Ira Bond. 9/15/18

Dorothy WIlkie and Ama Schley coming down the mountain at El Cimarron in El Cobre, Cuba: two generations carrying the torch for culture, walking side by side in a place of power and purpose. 9/15/18

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