INSIDE SHOT – Summer 2009

   

 

Communicating in Step
The Performing Arts Department (PAD) and the African & African American Studies program, both in Arts & Sciences, hosted nine members of the Kenyan performance group Haba na Haba. Swahili for “step by step,” Haba na Haba includes some 1,000 performers who, through acrobatics, music, dance, and drama, raise awareness and educate their communities on topics such as HIV/AIDS, drug abuse, reproductive health, women’s issues, and violence. While at the University, the touring ensemble participated in a number of performances, including an improvisational session in the South 40 Swamp (above). Professor John Baugh (see "Calling Out Prejudice" this issue), a former director of the African & African American Studies program, said the collaborative efforts of Reynolds Whalen, A.B. ’08, who produced a full-length documentary on Haba na Haba as part of his honors thesis, and Mungai Mutonya, senior lecturer of African & African American studies and director of the Summer in Kenya Program, helped bring the group to St. Louis. (Images: Jerry Naunheim, Jr)