Hamdan: Through the Gate of Tears, a modern ballet celebrating one man’s journey from Oman to East Africa debut on April 11 and 12 at Howard University’s Cramton Auditorium. The ballet was choreographed by Ray Mercer, and performed by Howard University dancers and guest artists.
Hamdan tells the story of a young mans decision to travel from Oman to East Africa, and his experiences with love, community, and shared culture.
The ballet was marked by lively choreography, costumes that reflected traditional Omani and East African clothing, and Afro Arabian music. Performances on both days were sold out.
Howard University hosted a reception before the first performance, where remarks were given by partners from Howard University, the National Museum of African Art, and SQCC.
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