Images Of The Motherland Interactive Theater

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Arts & Culture


7812 Michener Avenue Philadelphia PA 19150 USA


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.


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.


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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