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A storyteller indeed, Souleymane “Solo” Badolo will premiere “Benon” Feb. 13-15 at Danspace Project. In “Benon,” roughly translated as “harvest” and inspired by the Burkinabé tradition of dancing to celebrate the harvest, the production “explores the essential nature of food, sharing and giving thanks.”

For this work, Badolo is very concerned with our attention to the good and the bad of plastic products. “Plastic affects everything. It affects life, nature, the climate and our ability to harvest, but at the same time, it is important to us because we use it to make clothes or to cover things, for example. I want to bring attention to our actions,” he said.

“Benon” is a new duet for Badolo and Charmaine Warren. For more information, visit

Also this month

  • Feb. 6-8: Danspace Project presents “Food for Thought: Black Male Revisited—Experimental Representations Through the Ephemeral Form,” three days of performance, dance, music and discussion curated by Jaamil Olawale Kosoko. For more information, visit
  • Feb. 8: Kyle Marshall performs as part of Brooklyn Arts Exchange’s (BAX) Upstart Festival, which gives young artists a platform to perform and have roundtable discussions. For more information, visit
  • Feb. 13: 651 ARTS’ “Live & Outspoken” series brings dancer-choreographer Sarita Allen together with one of modern dance’s legendary icons, Dianne McIntyre, for a conversation. For more information, visit
  • Feb. 21-23: Nora Chipaumire’s acclaimed “rite riot,” which she describes as “my scandalous little take on [Igor Stravinsky’s] ‘The Rite of Spring,’” opens at the 92nd Street Y. For more information, visit
  • Feb. 21-22: See director-choreographer Maija Garcia’s fantasy story “The Legend of Yauna” at BAM’s Fisher space. For more information, visit
  • Feb. 26-March 1: The Brazil Festival opens at the Joyce Theater featuring Mimulus Companhia de Danca, Companhia Urbana de Danca, Focus Companhia de Danca and Dance Brazil. For more information, visit

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