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Drum Love  | Open: 02/02/19 Close: 02/02/19
ASASE YAA African American Dance Theater



The Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space

February 2, 2019 at 7:30pm


ASASE YAA African American Dance Theater presents DRUM LOVE on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 7:30pm at The Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, NYC 10025. Tickets are $35-50 can be purchased at, with special VIP packages available at


Drum Love is a classic love story, rites of passage, and coming of age tale complete with a tragic heroine, suitors, and concerned family. The work follows the time-honored format of African ballets expertly produced by the touring national companies of West African countries.


Conceived, choreographed, and directed by Artistic Director Yao Ababio, Drum Love tells the story of a young girl who falls for three artists of The Big City. She ignores warnings to avoid them and becomes involved with all three. Eventually she gets pregnant, is rejected, and realizes that she has created a situation that will bring shame to her family. In the end, she embraces the support of her family and friends. Incorporating dance, song, and live music, the completed work will engage audiences with the excitement and vigor of African dance while presenting an urban twist on traditional themes. The piece will be performed by seven dancers, five drummers, and a traditional Malian band. 


Drum Love features music from Asase Yaa's debut album (release date, 2014). The title song, "The Love" is currently being featured in noted choreographer Ronald K. Brown's critically-acclaimed new ballet, "The Call." It is one of the works included in the Alvin Ailey Dance Company 60th Anniversary production that was presented over the holidays at the City Center in Manhattan and is now touring in major markets throughout the country.



The Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater is an international touring ensemble developed by Brooklyn based Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation. This year marks the 18th year of the program and the third year that they have been the Guest Presenter at Symphony Space. They are also two-time Bessie Award-winners.


Wherever they perform, the Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater becomes the audience's favorite African dance and drum company, a reputation that we have worked diligently to maintain.

Our authentic and disciplined approach to the field has afforded them great opportunities in a relatively short period of time. They have had the honor of being a part of many hugely popular productions, including the VH1's Hip Hop Honors Awards, the premiere of HBO's Sing Your Song documentary about the life of Harry Belafonte (at the World Famous Apollo Theater), DanceAfrica New York (at the Brooklyn Academy of Music), Dance Africa Chicago, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, the Hazlett Theater in Pittsburgh, Symphony Space on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and the International African Arts Festival in Brooklyn. Around the world, the company has traveled and performed in Japan, Korea, Paris, Amsterdam, Iceland, Ghana, Guinea, Angola, and many other nations.


In the university and collegiate arena, the company has performed at New York University's Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Long Island University's Kumble Theater, and has also performed (or conducted workshops) at Arizona State University, Bucknell, Princeton, Scranton, Howard, among many others.


The Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater was founded in the summer of 2001 by Artistic Director Yao Ababio who created the esteemed company based on his love for African traditions and extensive performing arts experience. Under his leadership, the company has distinguished itself in the dance and drum world for its dynamic and high-energy performances as well as for its commitment to excellence and discipline.



For eleven years, the company has hosted an annual concert and showcase every July. Africa, A Journey in Dance was successfully produced for seven consecutive years at the York College Performing Arts Theater in Queens, NY. Afterwards, the dance company produced and presented "An Ananse Tale" in Brooklyn, also highly successful. In 2010, a new dance concert was developed, Djembe in the New Millennium. This new concert was tremendously popular because it built upon a great legacy of African dance and drum in New York City, the hub for this genre over the past four decades. In 2011, Djembe in the New Millennium was quoted as one of the best African shows of the decade by NY1. In all, Asase Yaa Entertainment Group, LLC. has produced 17 dance and drum concerts with more than 22 of the top African dance companies in America. Conceptually, Yao's mission was to establish a Brooklyn-based arts institution that was steeped in African philosophical values and authentic creative expressions, one that would play a critical role in bridging existing cultural gaps between the continent of Africa, the islands of the Caribbean and the United States. The first tangible manifestation of this dream was the Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater. From there, the core foundation was built.


Symphony Space was founded in the belief that the arts bring people together, transcend barriers, and celebrate both our similarities and differences. Through adventurous and impactful programming, commissions, and conversations, Symphony Space continues to invigorate these guiding principles, creating magical moments that harness the power of the arts to engage and inspire.




Hairspray  | Open: 10/06/12 Close: 10/06/12

Crown and Scepter Theater Company presents Hairspray! This high-energy dance musical tells the story of Baltimore teenager Tracy Turnblad - a pleasantly plump girl with big hair and an even bigger heart. With the help of her friends, she strikes a blow for equality in the fast-changing world of 1960's America. A hilarious show that will have you tapping your feet, because "You Can't Stop the Beat!"

About the Company: Crown and Scepter Theater Company

Crown and Scepter Theater Company was originally founded, in early 2010, by a group of ambitious Columbia University students, trying to break into the New York City theater community. Built on small savings from summer earnings, local business donations, and volunteer support from family members and fellow classmates, our business thrived on the eagerness of all its members. Since that time, we h

ave grown to encompass not only students but fantastic non-equity talent from all over New York City, and have gained a following as an exciting source of professional theater in New York. Through all of this, we have still remained true to our roots as an organization, always welcoming bright new faces from universities and the loving involvement of family members of the cast and staff. Our mission at Crown and Scepter is to produce fully staged productions of hit Broadway musicals at professional theater venues in New York City, and through these theatrical shows provide a platform for performers and back-stage talent to refine their craft and gain exposure in New York.
Body And Sol  | Open: 07/12/12 Close: 07/12/12
Body and Sol is the second annual performance of Sol West Dance Collaborative. This dynamic performance celebrates the passion of movement and showcases the raw talent and choreography of 7 beautiful artists. Ranging from musical theater to contemporary ballet, Sol West shares their love of movement in many different styles of dance.

This charity performance is also raising money for the organization New York Youth at Risk. Sol West dancers provide free dance classes to at-risk freshmen in Jamaica, Queens. Your support will allow us to continue sharing the love of dance with these teens!

To learn more about New York Youth at Risk.


Brittany Werthmann

was born and raised in Plano, TX where she studied with Chamberlain School of the Performing Arts.  Her early training also includes Broadway Theatre Project where she took part in workshopping several new musicals including Wonderland and Havana.  Brittany received her BFA in dance from Southern Methodist University.  She has had the opportunity to perform the original works of George Balanchine, Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, Donald McKayle, William Forsythe, and Robert Battle.  She has also had the opportunity to perform with San Francisco Conservatory of Dance under the direction of Summer Lee Rhatigan.  Brittany feels very blessed to be a part of Sol West Dance Collaborative.

Corinna Phillips

is originally from Houston, Texas, Corinna began dancing at the age of three. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Southern Methodist University, receiving her B.F.A. in Dance with an award for Outstanding Achievement. Whilst at SMU, Corinna was privileged to perform the works of Martha Graham, Maurice Béjart, Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor, Robert Battle, and Pascal Rioult. Additionally, she has studied at Toronto Dance Theatre, Martha Graham School, and Paul Taylor School. Since moving to New York, Corinna has had the opportunity to perform with Buglisi Dance Theatre, Ben Munisteri Dance Projects, Project Agent Orange, and Angelo Dance Project.

Elani Engelken

began training at Cleo Parker Robinson Dance at the age of 8. She studied dance at the Denver School of the Arts and majored in Dance at Loyola Marymount University. Ms. Engelken then performed with the Davis Contemporary Dance Company. She has been teaching for the past 10 years. She is currently in her second season with Sol West.

Heather Klobukowski

is a california native, and recently received her BFA in Dance from San Jose State University under the instruction of Fred Mathews, Gary Masters, Heather Cooper, and Janie Scott. There she danced with the University Dance Theater student company, working with guest artists such as Kara Davis, Holly Johnston and Scott Wells. She has also studied at Alonzo King Ballet Summer Program and The Ailey® School.   For the past three years, Heather has had the privilege to performed in San Jose’s annual Dancin’ Downtown Festival as well as at the American College Dance Festival. Heather is also working with Beyond Lines Contemporary Dance Company directed by Cara Goodwin.  Heather is excited to explore new horizons with SolWest this season.

Katelyn Lally

started her training at the draper center for dance at the age of 8. At 17, she got chosen to be a company member of the Rochester City ballet. She remained with the company, performing principal roles until July 2011. She recently moved to New York City, this is her first year as a member of Sol West.

Katie Castellucci

was raised in Houston, TX where she studied under the direction of Steven Boyd and Erika Gonzalez. She graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2011 with a B.F.A. in dance performance and a minor in Religious Studies. While attending SMU she performed works by Martha Graham, William Soleau, and Daniel Buraczeski. Katie joined Sol West in the fall of 2011.

About the Company: Sol West Dance Collaborative

Sol West is a team of dancers that recognize every dancer has unique strengths. We develop confident, creative, self-expressed dancers through a collaborative process. Dancers bring their strengths with the intention of getting everyone else in the company up to their level in that area. We are one another’s success!

SKIN- The Tina Thompson dance Theatre  | Open: 06/21/08 Close: 06/21/08
New York premieres of THRU, Black Satin, Wall 3, and ROBE
Saturday, June 21, 2008 @ 7pm
An evening of New Era movement, Dance, celebration of life and reflection!

Tina Thompson Dance Theatre's premiere evening concert. Astounding the dance community with its raw edge and inhuman approach. Performing works of intense, energetic and contemporary movement. TTDT explores the relationship between contemporary jazz and Modern dance forms to provide a conceptualized performance for the audience.

Tina Thompson's Featured works include the celebrated THRU, Black Satin (World premiere) and ROBE- her tribute to the contemporary women of today's heritage set to music by Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin. Special Honored guests include the award winning Sean Mc Leod with the KALEIDOSCOPE DANCE THEATER.
Plus guest appearances by internationally acclaimed Terrace Jones from FOSSE & the BEJART BALLET and more!...

Manhattan Madcaps of 1924  | Open: 07/06/06 Close: 07/23/06
Boy meets Girl. Boy loses Girl. Boy gets Girl and a Manhattan apartment, in this romantic romp through the Big Apple, as four couples seek happiness (and a place to live) in the Big City of 1924. Manhattan Madcaps of 1924 features songs from 17 Rodgers and Hart shows and film scores, including "City" (from Me for You, 1929); "Gotta Get Back to New York" (from Hallelujah I'm A Bum, 1933); "Where the Hudson River Flows" (from Dearest Enemy, 1925); "Way Out West (on West End Avenue)" (from Babes in Arms, 1937); "Any Old Place With You" (from Fly With Me, 1920); "At The Roxy Music Hall" (from I Married an Angel, 1938); "He Was Too Good To Me" (from Simple Simon, 1930); "Give it Back to the Indians" (from Too Many Girls, 1939); "Manhattan" (from Garrick Gaieties, 1925) and many others.

Annette Jolles directs; musical arrangement by Lanny Meyers, choreography: Regina Larkin