Kick off you Black History Month celebrations at the Museum of the Cape Fear as we present Dancing Stories with April C. Turner. April C. Turner uses dances, stories and songs from traditional West African culture to affirm community building concepts such as working together, integrity, and perseverance. The meanings and uses of the songs and dances are demonstrated in a fun, high-energy, inspiring journey. The audience will have fun when the language Wolof, a West African language, is introduced to them. Together, Turner and the audience will explore the meanings of African dance symbols. Dancing Stories explores African folklore and demonstrates ways that African stories can bring a community together. At the end of the presentation, audience members are invited to participate in playing music together as a community. The program is a well-rounded cultural experience focusing on the strength of art to inspire, unite and educate. FREE!
APRIL C. TURNER is an accomplished writer, actress and theatre producer. With her company Life As Art Productions she tours with theatre productions and concerts, and conducts arts education performances and residencies to academic communities throughout the country using performances as a tool to build community, facilitate cultural education and inspire constructive conversation about social concerns. Ms. Turner works as a film and TV actress. Among her favorite credits are roles in made for television movies such as Eyeborgs (SyFy Channel) and the independent film adaption of Truman Capote’s Other Voices, Other Rooms. She has also had roles in many other productions such as Rectify, Outcast, Unanswered Prayers (Lifetime), Trinity Goodheart (gmc TV), Army Wives (Lifetime), Ditch Digger’s Daughters (Family Channel) and the television show, Revolution (NBC).