African Voices

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The Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus is a dynamic, state-of-the art performance venue serving one of the most diverse campuses and communities in the country. It is designed to nourish artistic exploration and development by students and other emerging artists while providing the entire community greater access to an exciting range of Broadway-quality, classical and cutting-edge professional performances.

Impeccably crafted for the dramatic and technical demands of dance, music and theatrical productions, this elegant, 320-seat theater provides finely tuned acoustics and top-tier lighting, projection and other electronic capabilities. With a stage featuring a “sprung” floor extending to the seating area, the theater fosters an intimacy between performers and their audiences.

This extraordinary theater was made possible through the generosity of Long Island University Trustee Steven J. Kumble. It is part of an ambitious Campus renovation that created an extensive performing arts complex also featuring a black box theater, dance studios and a glass-enclosed art gallery. Among other major supporters of the performing arts complex are the EAB/Citigroup Foundation, through Long Island University Board of Trustees Chair Edward Travaglianti, trustees Bruce C. Ratner and Donald H. Elliott, the City of New York and the Independence Community Foundation.

The Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts reflects Long Island University’s dedication to awaken, enlighten and expand the minds of its students. Expressed in its motto Urbi et Orbi, the mission of Long Island University since 1926 has been to open the doors of the city and the world to women and men of all ethnic, racial and socioeconomic backgrounds who wish to achieve the satisfaction of the educated life and to serve the public good. LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY

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Schedule of Upcoming Productions

No New Productions Scheduled

Production History

African Voices presents: 14th Annual Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series  | Open: 10/15/11 Close: 10/16/11
Oct. 15 ~ Saturday ~ 1PM
Oct. 16 ~ Sunday ~ 2PM


Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series will offer an exciting selection of films by women of color filmmakers from Africa to Brooklyn. “From Cleopatra Jones to Michelle Obama: Saluting Women of Color & Revisiting Feminism" is the theme for this year's festival. On Sunday, October 16, Reel Sisters will present its Trailblazer Award to Moikgantsi Kgama, president/founder of Image Nation, for her outstanding contribution to the independent film community.
Reel Sisters is a Brooklyn-based film festival founded by African Voices magazine and LIU, Brooklyn Campus. For information and festival schedule visit:

Tickets: Two-day festival pass $25; one-day festival pass $15 (students/seniors $10); Add $10 on to each price to attend the Awards Program/Reception.

Section tickets: $7; $5 students/seniors. Group discounts available.

12th Annual Reel Sisters Of The Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series - Honoring Our Roots And Fam  | Open: 09/26/09 Close: 09/27/09
The festival will address the important role films have played in reflecting the lives and heritages of people of African descent. From Alex Haley’s historic Roots to Maya Angelou’s Down in the Delta and John Singleton’s Boyz n the Hood, filmmakers have celebrated the strength of the family ties that have preserved this culture and identity throughout history.


All Out Salsa and Afro Beat Music Festival  | Open: 10/24/08 Close: 10/25/08
Tickets: $35, $25, $20- Students with ID

Friday: Willie Villegas Y Entre Amigos with special invited guest Fania All Stars Cuatro Legend- Yomo Toro; and Conjiunto Imagen

Willie Villegas Y Entre Amigos musically preserves the exciting Latin sound that was popular in the streets of New York City during the early 70's and features Fania All-Stars legend and king of the Poerto Rican Cuatro- Yomo Toro. Ernie Acevedo's Conjunto Imagen is celebrating 20 years as a group and brings to the stage their vast knowledge and experience in the salsa field.

Saturday: Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble; and Amayo's Fu-Arkist -Ra

Tickets $25, $20, $15- students with ID

Fusing a mixture of African, Afro-Cuban, Jazz, and Funk music Akoya is New York's finest example of a musical melting pot. Featuring members from Panama, Ghana, Benin, South Africa, Japan and U.S., this 13 piece ensemble embraces unity and positive vibrations.

Amayo's Fu-Arkist-Ra is a unique afrio-beat ensemble based on Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The music is a combination of traditional Chinese Lion rhythms and Nigerian Afro-beat. This unique blend of styles creates a vivid and ,magical landscape for stories, lessons, and dances of ancient Chinese and African Folk.

Ascendance  | Open: 09/13/08 Close: 09/13/08
Movement for the Urban Village presents:
Brooklyn based, Movement for the Urban Village Dance Company (MUV) under the direction of founder, Shalewa Mackall, synthesizes techniques and traditions of the social and spiritual dances of the African Diaspora and the immediacy of contemporary performance to create Ancient Modern Dance.The premiere of Ascendance features original music by Dunia Best-Sinnreich, as well as the first revival of the signature work MUV which started it all.
Balance Dance Theater 2008  | Open: 10/16/08 Close: 10/18/08
Balance Dance Theater will Triumphantly return to Kumble Theater to present three exciting performances of celebration as well as new work choreographed by its founder and director, Obediah Wright.
Camp Logan  | Open: 10/31/08 Close: 11/09/08
In the spring of 1917, during World Wat I, over 150 Black soldiers stationed at Camp Logan in Houston, Texas, marched from the military camp to the center of the city in protest of racial discrimination. This bold act led to the infamous "Houston Riots of 1917." Don't miss this spine-tingling historical drama that chronicles civic unrest at the dawn of the 20th Century! * Special October 31 performance- Military Dress Code : salute to the U.S. Armed Forces.
Lola Cooper's- In Love with Mom  | Open: 10/04/08 Close: 10/05/08
In Love with Mom is a dramatic and romantic urban comedy about motherhood written by Lola Cooper and directed by Curtis Smith Jr.
Neville Dance Theatre The Nutcracker  | Open: 12/18/08 Close: 12/20/08
Neville Dance Theatre in collaboration with Kumble Theater present:
The Nutcracker: World Dance Returns to This Modernized Tale

This holiday season, world dance returns to The Nutcracker, in a unique and modernized version of the cherished holiday tale! Neville Dance Theatre, in collaboration with Kumble Theater, brings the excitement and diversity of ethnic dance and current cultural trends to ballet's most beloved classic. Join us for a production filled with Argentine Tango, Irish Step dance, Capoiera, Flamenco, ballet, game boys, cell phones and much, much more in an enticing family production not to be missed!

Box office: (718) 488-1624

Kumble Theater of Performing Arts, Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus On Flatbush Ave. between Dekalb Ave. and Willoughby St.

Directions by subway:

B, M, Q, R. to Dekalb Ave
2, 3, 4, 5 to Nevins St.
A, C, G to Hoyt- Schermerhorn

Directions by bus:
B52, B26, B37, B45, B52, B54, B67, B103

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Starting From Paumanok  | Open: 10/02/08 Close: 10/02/08
Starting From Paumanok is an annual lecture or reading on American literature and culture. This Year's featured speaker is critically acclaimed author Walter Mosely. The event is underwritten by the Mellon Foundation and Long Island University's John P.McGrath fund.