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February 18th, 2011 By Rick Pender | Arts & Culture | Posted In: Theater

Stage Door: Fela’s Afrobeat at Carnegie

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There’s a ton of theater this weekend, much of it certainly worth seeing. But if you want to be in the vanguard of theater fans who have seen fascinating work from around the world, you can do that at the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center on Friday (7 p.m.) or Sunday (3 p.m.) when the Covington facility and Cincinnati World Cinema jointly present FELA! directly from the National Theatre in London.

The show is a provocative hybrid of dance, theater and music. It explores the rebellious world of Nigerian musician, artist and political activist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, the legendary creator of Afrobeat music. The production, which originated on Broadway and features Kuti’s rhythmic songs — a remarkable blend of Jazz, Funk and African rhythms and harmonies. The production uses choreographer Bill T. Jones visionary staging.

The show continues to run in New York City, but unless you’ve been there to see it, the only way to catch it in the United States is via this HD presentation of a live performance. The Carnegie is one of 300 or so movie theaters around the world offering National Theatre Live programs, the only venue in the Cincinnati area and one of very few in the Midwest.

The series is presented with support from the Acclaim Awards. Tickets can be ordered online (www.cincyworldcinema.org) in advance for $16; they are $20 at the door.

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