Check out our new page with some additional photos from Yaakaar! More photos will be coming soon, so stay tuned for that.
Sunu Thiossane family, friends, and followers thank you so much for making Sunu Thiossane 2016 such an amazing year. We were so lucky to work with everyone involved in our projects and can’t thank everyone enough for all their hard work. We would also like to thank Baruch College and the Arts Administration program for allowing us to develop such a great pilot internship program. Every year with Sunu Thiossane has been a bit different, however this year, by far, has been the best and most unique. Please check out our video and look forward to more videos and photos from our 4th annual showcase!
All the best,
Jess and Djarra!
Tomorrow is the big day! We are so excited to showcase our students’ work so we wanted to share a preview of the components of the show.
There will be an art exhibition…
A dance/spoken word performance…
And the early premier of our film, “Larabilaran: Le Talibé Et Moi”…
Can’t wait to see everyone at Place du Souvenir tomorrow!
Today at Camp our students worked hard in their morning English classes and really brought it for rehearsal. If today was any indication of what’s to come on Friday, everyone better get ready!
Get your tickets for Yaakaar through at students at Sunu Thiossane or day of event. Can’t wait to see you there!
So we are just six days away from our main event (ahhhhhhhh)!!!!
There are so many moving parts, all of which are beyond exciting (see event details below). We just wanted to send this message out to everyone because we’ve all been working so hard and we really can’t wait. Also, a big shout out to all Sunu Thiossane staff and students for their hard work on our performances, visual art exhibition, and short film production!
Sunu Thiossane’s 4th Annual Summer Production, Yakaar (Hope): Artistic Actions, Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges is comprised of three different components:
-Visual art installation and exhibition
-Interdisciplinary live performance
-Early release of the short film, “Larabilaran: Le Talibé et Moi.”
This year’s production reflects Sunu Thiossane’s core belief that we can use the arts as a vehicle to address social issues and our focus this has been using the arts to address social and economic inequality and injustice.
The production will be held at Place du Souvenir from 6 – 9 pm on August 26th.
Tickets are now on sale now:
-1000 CFA for General Admission
-5000 CFA for VIP Admission. VIP tickets give access to our Award Ceremony, with hors d’oeuvres, to honor year’s honorees.
You can buy tickets at the event near the main gallery at Place du Souvenir. Tickets can also be pre-purchased through a child parrticipating in Sunu Thiossane’s summer camp or at SABS Primary.
Proceeds from Yakaar will go to Sunu Thiossane’s Arts Scholarship Fund, expanding our reach and access to students who can’t afford summer camp tuition.
Please invite your friends and family to ensure that we have a great turnout and to showcase our student’s incredible work! We look forward to seeing you there.
Mamedjarra, Jess, and the entire Sunu Thiossane Team
Rain or shine, Sunu Thiossane will dance on…check out our dedicated, talented students giving it their all despite a massive rainstorm on this afternoon’s Wacky Wednesday.
(video credit: Ms. Jen)
Please join us on the 26th and stay tuned for our facebook event page and invitation! We can’t wait to see you there to celebrate our students and all of our hard work this summer.
Also, be sure to check out our updated page on the 2016 Sunu Thiossane Film Production of “Larabilaran: Le Talibe Et Moi.”
Check out our newest Artist Feature: Fatou Kande Senghor!
A few weeks back we met with Fatoumata Bintou KANDE at her incubator space, Waru Studios. Her presence and energy was palpable around every corner and with every word she spoke. She kindly allowed us to interview her for our documentary project on arts & culture here in Dakar* and we wanted to do a brief feature on her. However, our feature barely scratches the surface on her work and influence both locally and globally. We are sure that this page will continue to develop but we wanted to put this information out there ASAP!
All members of the Sunu Thiossane team left this interview shaken, moved, and inspired to do relevant and creative work that shifts our thinking and creates space for informed, creative, and powerful voices to be heard. Fatou talked a great deal about how the arts and working within the arts is something that chose her, not an active decision she made. It was inevitable and we’d say we have to agree with her on that, if only our feature could do her justice.
Sunu Thiossane/Baruch College Interns
*more on this to come!
…more like PRODUCTIVE WEDNESDAY! With so much going on at Sunu Thiossane this summer, today we recapped and rehearsed for our upcoming (amazing) final showcase, which will be held in just 2 and a half weeks…so the countdown begins!
We wanted to keep everyone updated on what’s been going on at camp. You can expect amazing dance performances and an incredible art installation related to this year’s theme of inequality and the contradictions surrounding poverty and wealth in Senegal. Take a look at some of our students (and teaching artists’ work)!
Also, we can’t end this post without at shoutout to Mr. Shola who just arrived in Dakar yesterday! We are so happy that he is back with us for our Fourth year.