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Originally published Friday, September 28, 2012 at 5:32 AM

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'Voices of Strength' performances a showcase for African women

On Sept. 28-29, 2012, the program "Voices of Strength: Contemporary Dance and Theater by Women from Africa" visits The Moore Theatre.

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"Voices of Strength: Contemporary Dance and Theater by Women from Africa," this weekend's mini-festival of contemporary dance and theater by African women, weaves personal with political themes while showing at the same time the diversity of performance style found across the massive continent. Each night is different, from point of view and points on the map: On Friday, the performers are Haitian-born, Mali-based Kettly Noel and South African Nelisiwe Xaba in a duet, and Maria Helena Pinto, of Mozambique. On Saturday, the bill is Bouchra Ouizguen of Morocco, in a piece with traditional vocalists, and Nadia Beaugré of Côte d'Ivoire. Voices of Strength organizers say they were inspired to perform in the U.S. after noting the "strength, eloquence and originality" of works by African women at a Tunisian dance festival — all qualities they're sharing here. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle; $30 (206-682-1414 or

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