Our mission is to preserve and perpetuate the African aesthetic and its influence on world cultures, through the education and professional presentation of dance, music and folk
In the Bantu language, "muntu" means "the essence of humanity." It's what the Company seeks to express in their work and to touch in their audiences. Through its performances, Muntu strives to create an atmosphere of communal participation, encouraging and inspiring audiences and participants to join in the celebration!
The Chicago-based Muntu Dance Theatre performs authentic and progressive interpretations of contemporary and ancient African and African-American dance, music, and folklore. A colorful and dynamic Company, Muntu brings its audiences out of their seats and into the aisles with its unique synthesis of dance, rhythm and song.
The Company is highly regarded for its innovative repertory, preserving traditional African dance while creating new works that build on African, Caribbean and African-American cultural traditions. Muntu's core programs include professional performances both at home and abroad, comprehensive community arts programs, classes for the public and professional training for emerging new young artists.
1. To be the best community-based arts institution in the world at connecting people with a passion for cultural expressions rooted in an African aes