Sacred Earth, an upcoming presentation by Albany State University, is a part of the T. Marshall Jones Lyceum and Fine Arts Performance Series. The program is inspired by folk paintings of the Warli people of western India and kolam floor drawings created by women in southeastern India.
ALBANY -- Expressive dance movements, colorful costumes, dynamic folk paintings and floor drawings celebrate the harmony between humans and the earth when Albany State University presents Sacred Earth, performed by Ragamala Dance.
Sacred Earth is inspired by folk paintings of the Warli people of western India and kolam floor drawings created by women in southeastern India.
The event, sponsored by the 2011-2012 T. Marshall Jones Lyceum and Fine Arts Performance Series, takes place at 7:30 p.m., April 5 at the Albany Municipal Auditorium.
According to Leroy Bynum Jr., dean of the ASU College of Arts and Humanities, a master class will be held at ASU in its ACAD Auditorium at 11 a.m. the day of the performance. A facilitator will describe classical dance of south India and demonstrate the art forms used in the show. Bynum said that in preparation for the class and evening performance, study guides distributed to Dougherty and Lee County teachers and students offer information about Indian culture, language and geography.
"ASU has remained steadfast in its goal to become the cultural citadel for Southwest Georgia," Bynum said. "In so doing, Southwest Georgia has come to expect and anticipate the exceptional artistic programs that ASU offers at little or no cost."
Bynum said that Ragamala Dance is known worldwide for its presentation of innovative works that blend classical and contemporary dance movement, music and visual artistry. A recent national tour brought the troupe to coast-to-coast venues including the Kennedy Center, the new Victory Theater in New York and the Music Center in Los Angeles.
"The T. Marshall Jones Lyceum and Fine Arts Performance Series is named for Dr. Jones to honor his significant and vast contributions to the fine and performing arts at Albany State University and throughout Southwest Georgia," Bynum said. "To preserve and honor (Jones') legacy, ASU established an endowment in 2011 and is seeking founding members at commitment levels ranging from $1,000 to $50,000."
Ticket prices for the upcoming program are $15, $10 and $5 and are available at the Albany Civic Center box office or at Ticketmaster.com. For more information concerning the endowment and tickets for the Sacred Earth performance, contact ASU Fine Arts at (229) 430-4849.