Suubi Youth Shake up Waterloo!
Neruda Productions is pleased to present the Suubi Youth Dance and Drum Troupe from Kyengera, Eastern Uganda. These young musicians and dancers are the stars of the drama club at the Cambridge Secondary School which provides refuge, counseling, and an education free of cost to 400 children impacted by war, poverty and AIDS.
Suubi Youth are coming to Waterloo thanks to the efforts of Valerie Hill of the Waterloo Region Record and Dream for Uganda. Valerie and Neruda’s Artistic Director, Isabel Cisterna have been busy for months organizing this once in a lifetime event.
“The enthusiasm and joy of these young people who have faced such great adversity has a lot to teach us about the healing power of dance and music.”
~ Isabel Cisterna.
In her Record blog from Uganda, Valerie explains, “Ugandan dance is largely about shaking the hips with blinding speed as the drums beat loudly in the background, a thunder that seems to grab your soul and pull you into someplace primeval, someplace raw and sensual.”
Suubi Youth will be touring Southern Ontario on a cultural exchange sponsored by Give International and Dream for Uganda from May 18 to June 1, visiting schools, performing and raising funds to purchase a biofuel stove for their school in Kyengera, just outside the Ugandan capital, Kampala. The biofuel system will provide enough clean burning gas to power stoves and eventually lights, making the school more self-sufficient and able to give up the dirty charcoal brazier that requires cutting down trees to fuel.
Help Neruda Productions support these talented young performers fulfill their dream. Performances by Suubi Youth in Waterloo are by donation, or ‘pay what you can’ (PWYC, suggested $10).
Where: Rotunda Gallery, Kitchener City Hall
When: May 30, 2013
For more information visit: www.nerudaproductions.com