* April 8, 2013 “One World”

MovingDialogs_FINALMonday, April 8, 2013: 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall,
78 E. Washington St.

Merging concert and community dance, this interactive celebratory event invites all into a moving dialog on the mixing of different movement styles, unexpected commonalities and the distinctive influence of ethnic and cultural forms.

Various communities will converge at the Chicago Cultural Center to honor the diverse dance groups that thrive in multiple communities throughout the city. Seven troupes representing a cross-section of Chicago neighborhoods will be invited to perform live at the Cultural Center inside an open forum/jam session hosted by renowned choreographer and artistic director of Urban Bush Women, Jawole Zollar. Within this Bantabaa – “dancing circle” – musicians, dancers and gathered community improvise, dialogue and explore what it means to be part of “One World” if only for one night.

Be a part of “One World” with featured 
Chicago dance artists and musicians including:   
Chicago Dance Crash
(with artistic director Jessica Deahr )
Red Clay Dance
(with artistic director Vershawn Sanders)
Ayodele Drum & Dance
(led by Tosha Alston & Mashaune Hardy)
Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre
(with artistic director Wilfredo Rivera
& violinist James Sanders)
Natya Dance Company
(with artistic director Hema Rajagopalan)
Drew Coleman Dance Company
(led by Drew Coleman with Carolyn Alvarado Castillo)
Experimental Vocalist & Performance Artist, Sojourner Wright
DJ Sadie Woods

“Moving Reflections” Blog Contributor: Dr. C. S’Thembile West

Check out Dr. C. S’thembile West’s initial reflections – “Engaging the World Through the Dancing Body” – and look for posts throughout this week on our Moving Reflections blog; featuring neighborhood groups who will be part of Moving Dialogs “One World” event!


Moving Dialogs: Diversity + Dance is funded in part by the Chicago Seminar on Dance and Performance, the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly. Special Thanks to The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, Producing Partner for the spring series of Moving Dialogs: Diversity + Dance. Venue Partners for the Spring series include: The Old Town School of Folk Music, the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.