Dance Tour | Compas de Nicaragua “Women in Action”
Sponsored by Dr. Faiia’s Cultural Anthropology Class, this performance will include several traditional dances with costumes and dresses, including feathered hats and weaved baskets that are balanced on the head.
Compas supports Women in Action (WIA), a women’s group organizing health, education, and income-generating programs in a poor settlement of Managua. Compas also supports the Brothers and Sisters in Union cooperative (BSU) who carry out sustainable living projects in La Paz, Carazo.
During this performance, the music is traditional, folklore music played on the marimba. The dancing is a mix of Spanish and indigenous styles. It is performed with long dresses that are held at the ends and lifted above the head. It is a beautiful, graceful kind of dance. There will also be an information table and an exhibition of gourd art from WIA’s art cooperative.
Segments of a video will also be played throughout the performance. The video will bring the audience into the world of Women in Action; street vendors who sell what they can on Managua’s streets in order to provide for their families; and describe how they have been able to work together to create projects that have drastically improved health, nutrition, and education in their community.
Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, RISE Members, Sisters
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