Broadway veteran and Detroit native Aku Kadogo has left the country. But not before she completed directing the Michigan ensemble premiere of Will Power’s original one-man show, FLOW, which opened on Friday, February 18, 2011. Kadogo was joined on the red carpet on opening night with local celebrity guests and an afterglow reception to celebrate the premiere.
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 closed on Sunday, Febraury 27.
Here’s a sample of photos of guests who attended the opening.