Words, rhymes and beats pulse through FLOW’s dialogue, which creates an urban fairytale with a new-age tribe of American griots (African storytellers). The show addresses issues of the past, present and future with commentary about drugs, street crime and the collapse of society. “This show is about the power of stories,” said Kadogo. “Stories are the essence of life for humans, cities and major events and someone has to carry on the tale.” Featured below is Aku Kadogo in action with cast members Indigo Colbert, Justin Crutchfield, Donald Davenport, Rob Hammond, Derrell Jones, Bridgette Jordan, Jackson McLaskey, Ciarah Mosley, and Tashif Turner as Will Power.
After four years of working for the Department of Theatre, Kadogo is taking a leave of absence to continue her artistic journey as Guest Lecturer at Yong In University in Seoul, South Korea. While living abroad, she’ll have the opportunity to experiment with her theatrical directing talents and experience art in a different culture. Upon her return, Kadogo will be able to introduce the artistic styles of South Korea to her curriculum to help enrich and inspire her students at Wayne State. She sums up her personal philosophy on making art with this quotation from Benjamin Barber’s/Jihad vs. McWorld: “Where seeing and performing are linked, where there is no producing without learning and no scholarship without interaction; where creation entails community and community is incomplete without creation.”
FLOW runs from February 18 to February 27, 2011 at the Bonstelle Theatre, with special Twitter nights on Saturday, February 19 and Friday, February 25. Advance ticket sales are available at the Wayne State Theatre Box Office, located in Detroit at 4743 Cass Avenue (corner of Hancock), by phone at (313) 577-2960 or online at www.wsushows.com.