Diata Diata International Folkloric Theatre, ‘The Badila Family’ is primarily a ballet Africain modeled in preservation of traditional African heritage.
The company was founded in Paris, France by Elombe Andre Badila, co founder of the first national ballet of the Congo, and wife Pamela Badila who met Andre after touring the Ivory coast. Today, Pamela is joined by several of her 10 children as they continue to perform educational concerts and cultural festivals throughout the north east.
Diata Diata is an organization of seasoned performers who enjoy bringing a message of humble acknowledgement for all nature’s gifts. Programs are available to serve youth audiences and the general public with a focus on appreciation of the values derived from a healthy community dynamic. This is achieved through a variety of programs featuring music, song, dance, and folk life stories as established by our ancestors.
Artistic director and founder Elombe Andre Badila, has been and continues to be the guiding force of the company as they continue his legacy in visual art exhibitions, community theatre, concerts, and so much more.