I have seen many traditional interpretations of the Christmas story but when invited, I jumped at the opportunity for a new experience - Langton Hough’s story of Jesus’s birth from another cultural perspective. Like in Day 83 (Cambodian Ballet), I continue to “try new things instead of sticking to safe paths,” a behavior of a person seeking to be “the best that they can be” or to be self- actualized according to Maslow. I explored Pittsburgh’s Shona Sharif African Dance and Drum Ensemble's performance of The Black Nativity.
In the second half, you feel like you’re at a Gospel service. This is a celebration and you will be clapping, singing and maybe even dancing in the aisle. Celebrate with a little Gospel this season (see Day 88 ) and try this version of the Nativity either in Pittsburgh or where you live. I wonder if my friend was excited to share her Christmas passion with me (Day 90 Share a Passion). I will keep it in my survival tool box for next year. (It's a yearly production).
(It will be performed Dec. 19, through 21 by the University of Pittsburgh's Shona Sharif African Dance and Drum Ensemble in the Seventh-Floor Auditorium of Pitt's Alumni Hall, 4227 Fifth Ave., Oakland. Performances are held at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday.)
And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger,because there was no room for them in the village inn.
African Drum and Dance http://www.africanastudies.pitt.edu/activities/african-drum-dance.php
Black Nativity https://www.facebook.com/nativitypgh
Behind the Scenes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22GBlE8N72o