Olbrich Home Rooted and Growing

Children of the Rainforest

The Children of the Rainforest series celebrates cultural differences in rainforest regions around the world with authentic performances of music and dance. The series offers performances for children and families and includes free admission to Olbrich’s tropical Bolz Conservatory.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Ayodele Drum & Dance

Ayodele Drum & DanceSee the Chicago-based Ayodele Drum & Dance at Olbrich for the first time! This all-female group educates and entertains through engaging performances of the songs and dances of the African diaspora. Don't miss this high-energy synthesis of dance, rhythm, and song!

Ayodele Drum and Dance exists to foster community from a feminine perspective through the study and performance of diasporic African drum and dance. In 2007, seven African dancers came together to learn the art of the drum to enhance and improve their dancing. The sisters were led by Tosha ‘Ayo’ Alston and the seed of Ayodele Drum & Dance was planted.

Ayodele, a Yoruba word meaning “Joy in the home", is now a diverse sister-circle of performing artists committed to studying and performing drum and dance as a healing element. They’ve grown from that circle of seven to over twenty Queens who use African drum and dance to educate and motivate young women and children.

Performances at 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

Tickets available at the door starting an hour before each performance.

$5 Adults (ages 13 & up)

$3 Child (ages 12 & under)

FREE ages 2 & under

Admission includes entry to Olbrich's tropical Bolz Conservatory

Doors open to the performance space approximately 30 minutes prior to each performance.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Grupo Axé Capoeira

Grupo Axe CapoeiraExperience the first Olbrich performance of the Chicago Chapter of Grupo Axé Capoeira, an international Capoeira organization headquartered in Vancouver. Founded in Recife, Brazil in 1982, it has subsequently established academies throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, and South America. For those unfamiliar, capoeira (pronounced "cap-o-ay-ra") is a unique, interdisciplinary Brazilian art form combining dazzling acrobatics, dance, martial arts and passionate Afro-Brazilian music.

In addition to capoeira, the Axé Team's performances include colorful costumes, live music, and a host of other Afro-Brazilian cultural dances you won't see anywhere else!



GLEAM: Art in a New Light | August 29 - October 27

Member Movie Night | September 7

CRACKLE | September 28 & October 5

Guided Garden Strolls | Sundays, May 6 - Oct. 14

Olbrich Botanical Gardens is operated as a public-private partnership between the City of Madison Parks Division and the Olbrich Botanical Society.
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