Sat February 2 - Sat February 2, 2019

Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre Inc.

Presented in association with Arts Commons

Martha Cohen Theatre
February 2, 2019 – 2:00pm and 7:00pm

The performance is approx. 90-minutes in duration, with no intermission.

Early Bird Adult: $40.00
Early Bird Student / Senior: $25.00
Early Bird Tickets are available until Jan 1, 2019

Adult Regular: $50.00
Student/Senior: $35.00

Reserved seating – book early for the best seat.

This venue IS accessible. Patrons requiring accessible seating are encouraged to call the box office to reserve the best available seat: 403-294-9494. Box office hours and location can be found here.

Visit the free cultural fair in the Martha Cohen Theatre Lobby anytime from 3:30pm to 6:30pm.

A portion of ticket sales for UNGANISHA will go to support the Ribbon Rouge Foundation to support their work to advocate for social justice through the Arts for zero HIV in our communities. Read on for more information about The Ribbon Rouge Foundation.

UNGANISHA is a dance theatre extravaganza bringing together nine popular dance genres with roots on the diverse continent of Africa. Through movement and storytelling an all-Calgary team of dancers, actors, and choreographers journey through Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Cuban, Capoeira, Hip Hop, Jazz, Samba, Salsa, Step, and Tap Dance to celebrate their genesis, their contemporary popularity, and their ability to connect us across cultures and continents. This is an interstellar love story woven together with the lyrical thread of dance.

He and She are soulmates, their hearts tethered through generations and reincarnations, space and time, love and loss. No matter where they begin, destiny guides them to one another; as high school sweethearts in history class, as a young expecting couple torn apart by slavery, as John Ware and his indelible wife, Mildred. UNGANISHA is Swahili for “connection,” and this collection of some of Calgary’s finest performers explores the greatest of all human connections: love. To learn more about UNGANISHA, visit the show website by clicking here.

Created in 2006, Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre Inc. has served as a platform for African Arts and Artists in both Edmonton and Calgary. By curating and participating in festivals, educational programming, and private and corporate events, Woezo Africa employs dance to nourish, educate, and heal. UNGANISHA was first performed on February 17, 2018 at Mount Royal University’s Wright Theatre, and moves to the larger Martha Cohen Theatre to accommodate the interest and audience it has gathered.

In 2017, Premier Rachel Notley on behalf of the Government of Alberta officially proclaimed February as Black History Month; “Black History Month gives us the chance to learn more about the black experience in Alberta, to hear stories of struggle, of hope and of triumph. It’s an opportunity to reflect on our history and to inspire Albertans of all backgrounds to work towards a better Alberta for all of us.” Woezo Africa believes in the power of Black History, and the importance of better understanding and appreciating the contributions that Africans and other marginalized peoples have made to our country.

The Ribbon Rouge Foundation (RRF) is an organization that advocates for social justice through the Arts for zero HIV. While supporting local emerging talents in the arts, fashion and music, RRF wields the intrinsic power of the arts to change perceptions, stir social conscience, educate the public and create positive change. RRF achieves this by convening grassroots initiatives, mentorship programs, campaigns and events that support talent in fine arts, music, and fashion for positive social change. Ribbon Rouge is now in its twelfth year and has served as a platform for over 260 artists while raising and donating almost $50 000 for HIV relief to HIV Edmonton, The Stephen Lewis Foundation and the Joint United Nations AIDS program.



Ideal for: Performances and recitals
Capacity: 386-412 
Accessibility: Theatre seating includes wheelchair accessible seats
Included: Fully customizable lighting and A/V options

Alberta Theatre Projects (ATP) has been the resident tenant in the courtyard-shaped, Georgian-style Martha Cohen Theatre since 1985. Tiered levels of seats form a three-quarter circle around the performing area eliminating the separation between the audience and performers. The farthest seat from the stage is a mere 39 feet away.

Situated in the heart of Arts Commons beside Jack Singer Concert Hall, Martha Cohen Theatre received state-of-the-art sound upgrade in 2014, as well as all new seats and a new lighting console in 2016, ensuring that it remains at the top of theatre industry standard. The Martha Cohen Theatre was named after the late Dr. Martha Cohen ($1M donated by her husband in honour of her birthday).

This venue has limited rental dates

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To inquire about renting this venue, please contact Production Manager Greg Monforton at gmonforton@atplive.com or 403.294.7476

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