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Ellen K. Anderson: Ayo’s Journey

Ellen K. Anderson (UCSB Dramatic Art) Faculty

A young African girl is kidnapped from her village, carried off with other captives and put aboard a slave ship, bound for a strange new land. That’s the gripping story to be dramatized in “Ayo’s Journey”, the new theatre piece being created in Santa Barbara by Dramatic Women in a performative style based on West African music, dance and storytelling traditions. “Ayo’s Journey” is based on an original cycle of poems by Santa Barbara poet Sojourner Kincaid Rolle, telling the story of the young girl Ayo’s courageous endurance and celebrating her survival.

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