masks and drums of Africa


from Friday 7th to Sunday 16th June 2013

Over two weekends in June, discover some of the still-living traditions relating to African dances with masks and drums. In the context of the Festival de l’Imaginaire, the Maison des Cultures du Monde presents a dance of Makishi masks, a form existing in the traditions of different populations around the River Zambezi and a dance of the masks of the famous Dogon people from Mali. The musée du quai Branly's special guests will be the Master Drummers of Burundi.

The artists are custodians of traditions. They are integrated into and participate in social transition. Here, the artists are the guardians of rituals and ceremonies and are travellers between visible and invisible worlds, unique geographies and cosmogonies; crossing the distance between initiates and spectators.

Makishi © Maison des Cultures du Monde, photo MN. Rober - Click to enlarge, open in a new window
Makishi © Maison des Cultures du Monde, photograph MN. Rober

 useful information

  • 3 weekends of events
  • Claude Lévi-Strauss theater, musée du quai Branly
  • detailed programme online from November 2012
  • prices: 15 €/10 €
  • extra: tickets give access to the Museum's Main Collection space on the day of the performance