For grades: Pre-K-12
Fees for live visit: Single perf: $750; 2 perf./same day: $700 each; Residencies negotiable.
Dynamic, inspirational, heart-expanding performance! Should never be missed! --- Dianne Stumm, Cashiers, NC
The Rhythm of the Drum. With song and story, booming drums, and rattling gourds, with talking drums and wasamba, The Healing Force shares their most popular performance. Everyone is invited to join in, and as the celebration begins, the audience sings and sways to a West African welcome song. Colorful garb, stage props, and a large collection of instruments add a festive flavor to this lively performance. Performances are 45-60 minutes and are appropriate for all ages.
Faces of Africa. Faces of Africa combines exhibition and hands-on experiences which are designed to lift social studies right off the pages of textbooks and provide students with an enriching learning experience. Residencies can last one day or one week, and are customized to meet the needs of the participants. Some activities include: jewelry-making, mask-making, instrument-making, dance, drum circle, and music. Faces of Africa is appropriate for school, after-school programs, or summer programs.
The Healing Force was founded in 1975 by husband and wife, Joseph and Gail Anderson. In the 80's they were joined by their daughter Sonji and son Karim, making their work a family affair!
In 1990, The Healing Force began full-time professional work promoting African culture through singing, storytelling, exhibition, and instrumental music. Underlying every performance, residency, or workshop, have been affirmations of values, celebrations of culture and creativity, and enlightenment for young and old. The Healing Force has presented programs in schools, colleges and universities, churches, libraries, festivals(they were featured storytellers at the famed National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee in 2001), conferences, camps, centers, and retreats.
Since 1990, the group has received numerous grant awards from the Arts Council of Winston-Salem for Arts-in-Education programs, and from the NC Arts Council for organization development. Over the years, the group has appeared in the NC Touring Artist Directory, the Arts in Education Directory of Wake County (NC), the Artists in Schools Directory of Fayetteville/Cumberland County(NC), and the South Carolina Arts Commission Roster of Approved Artists.