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WATERBURY — The Mattatuck Museum will be open to the public after a two year renovation. The museum has reopened with four new exhibitions, an artist installation in the Plaza, reinstallation of the permanent collection, and a re-interpretation of the Orton P. Camp, Jr. History Exhibit. The Mattatuck is open for timed admission, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, with additional hours through 7 p.m. on Thursday. Soro-Bindi with Iddi Saaka: African Dance Program for Families will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 6.

There is a fee.

Join dancer, storyteller, and drummer, Iddi Saaka for a night of exploring Ghanaian culture at the museum. 

Participants of all ages will enjoy Soro-Bindi, an interactive performance that incorporates traditional Ghanaian dances, songs, and stories. 

Families will learn dances such as the Kpanlogo dance and the Bawa harvest and try their hand at Ghanaian percussion instruments.

Iddi Saaka is a versatile and award-winning dancer, dance teacher, choreographer, and drummer from Ghana who specializes in West African dance and music forms and contemporary dance.

Mr. Saaka holds a diploma in dance from the University of Ghana and an MFA in dance from University of California, Los Angeles. 

He has choreographed and performed internationally at several venues including the World Festival of Sacred Music; the Skirball Center; Dance Arts Academy and the Music Center in Los Angeles, Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theater in Tel Aviv, Israel; and the National Theater of Ghana.

He has performed for the president of Israel; Moshe Katsav and the African ambassadors to Israel. Mr. Saaka is an assistant professor of dance at Wesleyan University and a 2019 recipient of Wesleyan’s prestigious Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching award.

The safety and health of visitors and staff is the highest priority at the Mattatuck Museum and to that end, visitor admission will be limited to 25 people every 15 minutes with visits limited to 90 minutes in length.

Admission tickets must be purchased online prior to a visit at mattmuseum.org/admission.

The museum requires advance registration for all in-person and virtual programming.

To register, visit mattmuseum.org/calendar or call 203-753-0381, ext. 130.



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