Dance, at its best, is an astounding story in transit. And Sidiki Conde has an inspiring one—growing up in eastern Guinea, he contracted a virus and lost use of both of his legs, a disability that is culturally interpreted as bad luck to his family. He was sent away to the forest to stay with his grandfather and, for his coming-of-age ceremony, rechoreographed the traditional steps using only his hands. He’s since toured the world as a dancer and has worked as an advocate for disabled youths; his show, Drum & Dance of Guinea, interprets West African movement and also traditional rhythmic instruments: krin (slit drum), balong (bass gourd), djembe (hand drum), kora (21-stringed harp-lute), and more. It’s remarkable, and then some.
Fri., March 20, 8 p.m., 2009