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Kulu Mele African Dance & Drum Ensemble
Post Date: Sep 9, 2019

Kulu Mele African Dance & Drum Ensemble is seeking a lighting designer for its most ambitious and complex production ever, an all-new work to commemorate the company’s 50thanniversary (1969-2019). “Ogun & the People” (O&tP) will be a work of American dance theater based in Afro-Cuban culture. Approximately 90 minutes and in one act, it will feature live dancing, drumming, vocals and storytelling, plus an introductory documentary film and an opening libation (offering to the ancestors). Its main theatrical component will feature six distinct scenes, each with its own visual representation. The lighting designer will work collaboratively with Kulu Mele’s artistic director, Dorothy Wilkie, and O&tP’s production and set designer/graphic artist, Ife Nii-Owoo, both of whom will welcome the lightening designer’s ideas and creative contributions. The lighting designer should have a proven track record of success designing lights for major productions. Q-Lab programming experience is a plus but not a must. The scope of work will include at least three dress/technical rehearsals (Oct. 6, Nov. 2, Nov. 26) and the show day (Nov. 30), plus possible planning meetings and phone calls. Salary negotiable. This is position is as a temporary, part-time, freelance, 1099 contract employee. No benefits. Kulu Mele is an equal opportunity employer. O&tP has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and is co-commissioned by the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, where it will premiere. 

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To apply, please send your resume or curriculum vitae, including a list of productions, references and visual samples (videos or photos) to Kulu Mele’s executive director, David Harrison, at Phone calls welcome. 917.238.0756.