IMAGES OF THE MOTHERLAND INTERACTIVE THEATER

Rating: 4.8 stars   50 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 7812 Michener Avenue Philadelphia PA 19150 USA

Mission: The Mission of IMIT is to educate and expand public awareness and appreciation of West and North African Traditions through authentic presentations of drama, art, music, dance , and storytelling.
Results: We have been fortunate to reach a total diversified audience of approximately 3000 with an aggregate total of 3 productions and 23 performances presented in 2012-2013. "The Life & Times of Omar ibn Sayyid" has over 50 performances presented since 2009. We have also dramatically improved our outreach efforts by receiving “2012 Arts & Culture Awards” , “2012 Top Rated Non Profit Awards” and “2012 Great Non Profits Top-Rated Awards” from Great Non Profits. Additionally our current rating with Guidestar is”Guidestar Exchange Bronze Participant”. We have received a considerable number of reviews from laymen and professionals attesting to the quality and impact of our productions. Your lives, and the lives of your children and grandchildren will be forever touched by these truly excellent presentations. This is what our audiences say about “The Life & Times of Omar ibn Sayyid”. “Timbuktu African Artifacts Exhibit”, “Living History Heritage Project”, “Emancipation Proclamation Jubilees Celebration”, and “Mambugur & Tales of the Dogon”. “I think that the program was captivating! We need more productions for our children, families, and the community! I love this production!” Kim P. Ward “The program is very informative with knowledge and information that can be passed on to the next generation, to help them rise above their circumstances!” Cleo Young “Excellent lectures! Excellent dramatic presentations! Actors were wonderful! Enjoyed the presentation on the life of “Sojourner Truth. Fantastic!” Joan Harris “It was a wonderful program and deserves to be performed all over!” Leah Clouden “This was a really great show! It was very informative and very realistic! It helped me to understand the horrors of slavery! Very historical!” Derek Washington "I have been teaching my students about the Civil Rights Movement during Social Studies. My students were very impressed with "The Life & Times of Omar ibn Sayyid". It helped them to understand more about what I am trying to teach them. When we returned to school, my Supervisor came in and the students couldn't stop talking about it. I was amazed at how much information they took with them and really appreciate it." Christine Stickney-Belmont Charter School-5th Grade Learning Support Teacher "We very much enjoyed and recommend "The Life & Times of Omar ibn Sayyid". Our Middle School students were moved by the dramatic portrayal of this little known historical figure. This presentation is very much in keeping with our mission as a Friends School, and nicely fit with this years theme of "integrity". Judy Smith-Newtown Friends School-Head of Upper School "The silence in the auditorium shouted words that only the sould could speak. The crowd was captured by an astounding performance about the sojourns of an enslaved man who refused to let the conditions at hand, defer the freedom of his heart." Mel Leaman-Associate Professor of Religion-Lincoln University
Target demographics: General Public/UnspecifiedEthnic/Racial Minorities -- GeneralBlacksFamilies
Geographic areas served: Based in Philadelphia, PA with touring throughout the United States.
Programs: Program 1. LHHP-"The Living History Heritage Project" 2 Week Philadelphia, PA Tour Venue: African American History Museum $20 Total Program 2. LHHP US Tour-Philadelphia-PA, Fayetteville, Wilmington, Charlotte-NC, Los Angeles-CA $50,000 Total Program 3. Docu-Film: "The Last Africans" $100,000 Total Program 4. 12 FREE Interactive Public Performances Series-"Mambugur (Grandfather) & Tales of the Dogon", and "Songhai-Music/Dance Medley". $6,000 Total "Songhai Music/Dance Medley" IMIT performs "Songhai-Music/Dance Medley", extracted from our "Songhai" An Anti-Gun/Anti- Violence Dramatic Production. This is a historical dramatic work that focuses on themes such as deploring the use of violence and guns to exploit others, how greed destroys peoples lives, and how ultimately tragic historical events will repeat themselves if we fail to learn the lessons of the past. ". "Songhai Music/Dance Medley" is approximately 1 hour. Mambugur (Grandfather) & Tales of the Dogon" This is a wonderful journey of tales, epics, songs, and dances that takes the young imagination of audiences back to the "land of the Dogon" in Mali West Africa. "Mambugur" (Grandfather) is accompanied by his village friends and fellow musicians, Malika , Jomo, and Mariam as they search for the"wiley" character, "Babu"! "Hey! Have you seen Babu? I've been searching for him everywhere?" "Mambugur" (Grandfather) actively engages the audience children in an interactive search, telling Ancient African creation stories, singing songs in "unwritten languages", playing music, and enlisting the aid of his wonderful African Marionette friends known as "Dogo", "Bozo","Yasama" and "Yadjugulu". You've never seen African Marionettes like these before! They're almost human! Everyone in the audience will need "plenty, plenty" if they don't find "Babu", because excitement becomes unbridled as the great Female Dogon Chakaba (Stilt Walker) is coming along with the four-legged "beast of the harvest, known as "Tyi-Wara"! "Mambugur & Tales of the Dogon" is performed before an authentic appearing Dogon village set/props, by 4 talented performers. The total running time for "Mambugur & Tales of the Dogon" is approximately 1 hour.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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This production is a flume ride through the imagination of one of the most creative minds today, the powerful delivery will curl your toes. Also, be ready to crave some sand beneath your feet. This is trully worthy of a screenplay someday and has the elements of a powerful cast that can deliver the impact that will keep you on the edge of your seat! The life and times of Omar Ibn Sayyid is possibly one of the greatest untold stories of today!

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I have seen the performance of The Life and Times of Omar Ibn Sayyid on four different occasions. Each performance was unique and very special. I never felt like I had already seen the production. I was captivated each time. I have seen the performance of Muhammad Ali ibn Sayyid -292 United States Colored Troops only once and thoroughly enjoyed it also. I would see both of these performance again if given the opportunity.

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THE LIFE & TIMES OF OMAR IBN SAYYID IS AN EXCELLENT THEATRICAL DEPICTION - A MUST SEE FOR ALL!

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The programs associated with Images of the Motherland were extraordinarily dramatic and informative.
I learned a lot and as a professional with expertise in the field i was very impressed. KUDOS!

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the programs were perfect

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“Muhammad Ali ibn Sayyid-292 United States Colored Troops” & “The Life & Times of Omar ibn Sayyid”

Survival is itself a condition that runs throughout the human race; it is not something a particular race, ethnicity or culture, for example, can solely lay claim too. But what can be laid claim too are the experiences Muhammad Ali ibn Sayyid and Omar ibn Sayyid underwent. A veiled history exists and we need such performances to acknowledge people who are more than "other". And in doing so, the performances leave you with a sense of empowerment as the audience experiences who these men were before and during slavery.

Tanya Andrious

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Images of the Motherland Interactive Theater is exactly what the African American Community in particular, and the nation in general needs. Images of the Motherland Interactive Theater is educational, entertaining and significant. The productions are highly professional and produced with great care to detail. The productions reach persons of all ages, educational and racial backgrounds. Every community should be blessed to have such a wonderful theater experience to take advantage of.

Pastor, Nathaniel J. Gadsden
Imani African Christian Church
Harrisburg, PA

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The very first time I heard of Images of The Motherland I was intrigued. As an older African American and a child of the Sixties, African American history has been crucial in formalizing my world view. These performances are factual, informative and extremely interesting. I watched the younger people in the audience, to get a sense of the impact of Mr. Kenya's portrayal of Omar Ibn Sayyid would have on them. The children appeared fascinated by the dramatic acting of Mr. Kenya, and at the conclusion asked some very good questions. As a Social Worker in the Philadelphia area I understand how impressionable young minds are. In today's climate of rapid fire news (if it bleeds it leads mentality), sit-coms and sports dominated entertainment our children are left lacking true intellectual stimulation. I commend Mr. Kenya for his vision! Thank you.
Roland Sharpe

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The performances portraying the lives of Umar Ibn Sayyid and Muhammad Ibn Sayyid give an entirely new perspective on the struggles faced by people who strived to maintain their identities through ensalvement and hope to those who continue to struggle to this day. A great lesson is despite their circumstances, they fought to maintain their Islamic and African identities - a struggle many of us face everyday in our lives. These individuals who wrote their own autobiographies, through faith and education made a mark on society during their lifetime and continue to inspire us to this day. The performances are very emotional and captivating.

Aliou Sylla

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I didn't know what to expect. Outstanding both performances! Very well done. Held my attention throughout. I had to leave before Mr Kenya act finished but my son and his 7 year old daughter stayed. She said she really enjoyed the show. Look forward take my other grandchildren when the opportunity arises again. Keep up the good work.

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The performances given were riveting and left me in awe! This is a must see for everyone to learn a very important part of American history as well as black and other cultures that were involved in the slave trade. You walk away from this show with a sense of self awareness and a feeling that there is always something to learn and through the grace of G-D , man's willingness to not only survive, but to overcome the many obstacles we face everyday.
Wali Bilal

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As a high school teacher in sn urban school system, i found the performance very useful for my students. They needed to connect with their history in a meaningful way. The live re-enactments enable them to engage in the experiences and relate to the struggles of peoples of color. They were able to see themselves in the performance. I hope this interactive theater can become a part of the urban educational curriculum.

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