Féraba blends African movements and rhythms with the percussive sounds and tones of tap dance. These performances offer fantastic opportunities to experience the uniqueness of a truly multicultural ensemble. The company encourages global tolerance and understanding. Shows can be tailored to any age group. Presents seasonal offerings.
Audiences learn about instruments such as:
KIDS SHOWS / FAMILY SHOWS / SCHOOL ASSEMBLIES
THE MAGIC WOMAN. . .
This show, geared toward younger audiences, entrances and captivates with an imaginative and interactive story emphasizing the uniqueness of several different cultures. In addition, it explores the universality of rhythm/music/dance as a language shared by all. The Magic Woman, with her special charms, brings together people from different cultures including Austria, Africa (Guinea, Ivory Coast), Japan and the USA and shows how we can create harmony among alL. A highly interactive performance.
HOLIDAY SEASON AROUND THE WORLD. .
This Global Holiday Celebration, commemorates the traditions of underrepresented cultures. Travel around the world with the Féraba Fairy and see how different cultures celebrate their holiday season.
REPERTORY SHOW. .
Let Féraba create a unique experience for your institution, or event. This high-energy show is sure to please audiences of all ages. Each show is custom tailored to the presenter’s individual needs with works drawn from Féraba ’s extensive repertoire of fusion as well as traditional material. We are flexible and can work with your budget. A minimum of three performers is required.
ROOTS OF TAP . .
ROOTS of Tap traces its unique history, which dates back almost 400 years. The story encompasses early African slave dances (c. 17th century) as they fused with the rhythms and dances – jig, hornpipe, and clogging- from Irish and English immigrants who settled in America in the 1800’s-1900’s. Dances featured on the program include the Ring Shout, Bill Bojangles Robinson’s Dance, Eddie Brown’s BS chorus, steps from the Copasetics-James Buster Brown and Charles Honi Coles; West African dances as well as Irene’s own creation of African Rhythm Tap with its connection to its African roots.
CONCERT STYLE PERFORMANCES
DAKHA KIE - The Journey
Join this group as it takes you on a journey of rhythm and dance. Féraba delivers a soul-inspiring combination of traditional instruments, vocals, and dance guaranteed to captivate, astonish, and move the audience. Performers from four continents fuse tap, hip hop, body percussion and traditional West African songs and dance into an electrifying art form that truly reflects the melting pot that is America.
This unique program, Sound Bridges, is an energetic show comprised of compositions from the group’s Musical Director Andy Algire. Inspired by the exploration of several different styles and genres of music, this repertoire represents an integration of the interlocking percussive and melodic textures inherent in West African and Cuban music combined with instrumentation, arrangement devices, and improvisational techniques more typical of American jazz. The work is rooted in the discoveries of inter-style communication, as it encompasses the development and progression of traditional forms and the creation of new musical palettes, aiding in the expression of the ongoing dialogue between West African and jazz music.
GUINEE NA’N TA NA – I AM A WOMAN
Explores the strengths and struggles of women through dance, spoken word and live music. This is a journey that takes you through different societies and cultures and addresses female excision, the beauty of creating life, the woman's struggle to maintain power and dignity in the face of adversity.
As part of the company’s ongoing commitment to community outreach, Féraba offers master classes, workshops and artistic residencies at schools, colleges, dance studios, community centers, and festivals. Féraba members are all experienced teachers and have taught in Africa, Europe and throughout the USA.
Each program is custom designed to meet the needs of your organization.
Currently Irene Koloseus teaches ongoing tap dance classes for beginners (youth classes) at Spoke the Hub, Brooklyn. (Thursdays)
Ibrahima Camara teaches African percussion (Adult open level on Fridays)
CSV - Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center
Lower East Side - Manhattan
107 Suffolstreet, studio 101, New York, NY 10002
and at the Harvest Collegiate HS in Manhattan.