The first half of the performance focuses on the new works. ‘Clockwork’ (Aiduronijo) is an abstract piece giving traditional African movement a contemporary twist with music by international jazz/classical composer, Tim Garland and live traditional music directed by Bode Lawal.
‘Love Story’ (Ijo’fe) focuses on how we neglect our true feelings in search of the impossible until the magic of love brings us to realisation. This short piece is rooted in African/Nigerian dance styles which merge with Bode’s own dance language.
The second half of the performance highlights some of Sakoba’s earlier works. ‘Mystical Songs’ is a celebratory, uplifting gospel piece about letting go of everyday restraints set to the inspiring music of Karl Jenkins’ hit Adiemus album Song of Sanctuary. ‘Kabaree’ provides a jazzy finale in which the company let their hair down while Bode explores West African jazz, the percussive footwork in many African traditions, and rhythmic interplay between dancers and musicians.
Bode Lawal is one of the leading spirits and creators of world dance and has now extended his earlier charismatic African dance works, which are rooted in Nigeria and the African Diaspora, into dramatic pieces which mix the power and purpose of African dance with the most visceral and meaningful of contemporary moves – THE GUARDIAN
Sakoba takes its inspiration from the people of Africa who take their heritage and culture with them around the world to create new traditions through their interactions with new situations. Sakoba’s Artistic Director, Bode Lawal, fuses influences from his native Nigeria, both from the dance tradition of his tribe and the wider framework of African national dance, with European and American contemporary influences.
Tickets £14 (£12 conc) / slips £12 (£10 conc) / £6 schools