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Walking With My Ancestors depicts slave experiences

image of Illinois State University Associate Professor Ama Oforiwaa Aduonum

Ama Oforiwaa Aduonum during her work in Ghana, which inspired Walking With My Ancestors.

The world premiere of Walking With My Ancestors, a show by Illinois State University Associate Professor Ama Oforiwaa Aduonum, will run Nov. 6 to 16, at the New Route Theatre, 814 Jersey Avenue, Normal.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15, and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 9 and 16. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the door, by phone at (309) 827-7330 or by emailing

Walking With My Ancestors, a performance combining dance, song and words, depicts the experiences of enslaved Africans in the slave-holding cells before being shipped off to plantations in the Americas. The show grew out of Aduonum’s visits to slave dungeons in her native Ghana. Her research for the show was supported by Illinois State’s University Research Grant program; Center of Teaching, Learning and Technology; School of Music; and College of Fine Arts.

Walking With My Ancestors is choreographed by Aduonum and directed by School of Theatre and Dance Professor Kim Pereira.