Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble Presents Dance Africa Denver

  Order Tickets Here Continuing a six-year tradition, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance presents DanceAfrica Denver 2016 for eight performances only, in collaboration with legendary Artistic Director Dr. Charles “Baba Chuck” Davis in the historic Shorter AME in Five Points, the home of the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble.   The Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble […]

 

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Continuing a six-year tradition, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance presents DanceAfrica Denver 2016 for eight performances only, in collaboration with legendary Artistic Director Dr. Charles “Baba Chuck” Davis in the historic Shorter AME in Five Points, the home of the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble.
 
The Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble will perform “Wisdom of the Baobab Tree” both weekends.  Choreographed and premiered in 1994 by Cleo Parker Robinson in collaboration with composer Jay Hoggard, “Wisdom of the Baobab Tree” draws on Ghanaian drum and African marimba rhythms, speaking of love, hate, and freedom in response to the human condition.  
 

The first weekend of DanceAfrica Denver will welcome special guests Illstyle and Peace, a multi-cultural Philadelphia-based dance company under the direction of Brandon “Peace” Albright. Founded in 2002, the company creates works rooted in contemporary, West African, and old-school hip-hop styles, blended with an eclectic mix of dance and performance disciplines including tap, ballet, DJing, and beatboxing. 

The second weekend welcomes Ifé – Ilé Afro Cuban Dance Company, founded and directed by Neri Torres. Ifé – Ilé is Miami’s most renowned Afro-Cuban dance troupe, dedicated, since its creation in 1996, to the preservation, promotion and advancement of Afro-Cuban culture through dance.

*The DanceAfrica festival and performance series was founded by Baba Chuck Davis in 1977 in Brooklyn, NY. The renowned festival is now presented in major cities throughout the U.S. including New York, Chicago, Washington, DC and Dallas, and features dance companies from around the world.