For the African piece, Lieberman said she stretched her choreographic vision. She turned to Brown, asking him to create a percussion piece based on her recollection of the poem about rain after drought.
Brown, who formerly performed with the Marshall Petty Groove Band, was inspired by an old Indian drumbeat he recalled from the 1960s that had stuck with him.
"I wanted to use some sort of variation on that," he said. He incorporated two types of djembe drums and a rainstick.
"I developed a drumbeat I thought wouldn't be so complicated that the girls couldn't follow it, yet I wanted it to be syncopated and something adults could dissect and enjoy," he said.
"It's not an easy drum beat, though, and I was so impressed with how the girls were able to put their dance together. They remembered their parts so well."
Lieberman was a part of the whole process and said her choreography could be called modern dance, although she said she has included a lot of "unique movements."
"I thought the music was so unique that it needed something really different," she said.
Brown will be a part of the performance, setting up his drums right on stage near the dancers.
"I don't play in public much any more," he said. "This doesn't happen that often."
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