Based on the Life of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti
Conceived by Bill T Jones, Jim Lewis and Stephen Hendel
Director & Choreographer: Bill T Jones
cast: very large...Sahr Ngaujah as Fela
sez says: I was all geared up to be lifted by this piece. I expected the music and dancing to be up-beat, exciting, full of life and powered by resistance to oppression. What I found was some of that but not nearly as much as I expected. The filming was off: the camera did not follow the dance well, it didn't allow the viewer to see the entire activity on stage. It did too many close-ups when what was needed was a view of the whole. Filming dance takes special skill and that skill available was not top notch.
On the other had the story is powerful --and an important one for a western audience. We are failed by our news media when it comes to reporting on Africa and African affairs. And you could not have found a more talented performer than Sahr Ngauhah for the part of Fela. We will actively watch for his work in the future.
mjc says: music and band was great was fun to watch--the second half was boring.
John Street Cafe (Grade A)
7 years ago