Storytelling performance duo featuring Emily Lansana and Zahra Glenda Baker.
Over twenty years ago, storyteller, Emily Lansana and vocalist, Zahra Glenda Baker came together to form Performance Duo: In the Spirit. Based in Chicago, they have developed an extensive repertoire of stories that carry their audiences on enthralling journeys. Each performance celebrates the power of the word to connect, uplift and transform. Their interactive spirit-filled stories and songs engage audiences in a memorable, soulful way.
Highlights of their performance history include: The National Association of Black Storytellers Festival and Conference, The National Storytelling Festival, The Illinois Storytelling Festival, Dance Africa Chicago and a number of museums, community and educational institutions across the country.
In the Spirit celebrates the triumphs of the Black experience using pieces that highlight significant moments in our history. Their extensive repertoire includes: African and African American Folktales, Stories from History, Inspirational Stories, Original Tales and Personal Stories.
Emily and Zahra have performed and led workshops throughout this country and are available in a variety of venues: schools, museums, hospitals, community centers & festivals. Performance & Workshop highlights include: National Association of Black Storytellers Festival-PA, MN, NC, VA, National Storytelling Festival, Minneapolis Black Storytellers Festival, Detroit Storytelling Festival, The Ritz Theatre and LaVilla Museum, FL, Chicago Navy Pier, Chicago Historical Society, The Art Institute, Chicago Children's Museum, The Field Museum, DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago State University, Northwestern University, DePaul University, Chicago Public schools, parks & libraries.
They also work in collaboration with storyteller/musician, Shanta and other Chicago jazz musicians to form the ensemble "Classic Black".