(Aminata Cairo is a professor at Bluegrass Community and Technical College--she is an amazing dancer--she participated in a dance at the 1st Annual Lexington Peace Fair that brought me to tears--powerful)
so be it
Sabi Diri, s.b.i. and Friends
Friday and Saturday September 29th and 30th
ArtsPlace 161 N. Mill Street at 7:30pm
Cost: $10 adults, $5 children (ages 4 – 12)
Sabi Diri Experience Workshop: (Song/Dance/Drama)
Sunday October 1
Mecca Live Studio Gallery 451 Chair Avenue
from 2:30 – 5:00 pm Cost: $25
This program is presented with the support of LexArts
Sabi Diri, s.b.i. Dance Company
The newly formed Sabi Diri, s.b.i. dance company is the rebirth of Sabi Diri, which originated in 2001. Drawing from their multi-ethnic heritage and cultural pride, Sabi Diri, s.b.i. aims to be an example of celebrating the human spirit and of “creating spaces without apologies”. Under the artistic Direction of Aminata Cairo and Jason Thompson, and the musical direction of Tripp Bratton, the company produces performance pieces rooted in traditional and contemporary African, Afro-Surinamese, and other ethnic dance forms, but are multi-dimensional and inclusive of song, poetry, visual arts, and live music.
Aminata Cairo, Ph.D. (former Sandra Cairo Baruti) is the founder of Sabi Diri, s.b.i. Born and raised in Amsterdam, Netherlands, she stands on her rich heritage and ancestral culture from Suriname.
Using her background in dance, community arts, physical education, clinical psychology, and medical anthropology, Aminata has designed a multi-faceted program based in the arts and cultural traditions. The dance company is one department of the Sabi Diri, s.b.i. organization.
She has worked internationally, locally, regionally, and state wide in Kentucky and Maryland as a dance artist, teacher, choreographer, and consultant. She has been a dance company member with Syncopated Inc. (Lexington, KY) and the Sankofa Dance Theater (Baltimore, MD).
She received training in the healing arts from Nata’ska Hasan Hummingbird, and arts as a tool for civic change from the Urban Bush Women Summer Institute. Her most intensive training she received during her two year stay in Suriname, where she studied traditional Afro-Surinamese dance forms, and Afro-Surinamese mental well being structures.