Chicago’s Deeply Rooted Dance Theater (DRDT) will celebrate its successes and look forward to what lies ahead with “An Inspired Past. A Jubilant Future” December 15 and 16 at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts on the University of Chicago campus, 915 E. 60th Street, Chicago.
The program’s “Act 1: An Inspired Past” includes two works by co-founder and artistic director, Kevin Iega Jeff. Nia Keii—A Gift of Life (1982), choreographed to celebrate the birth of Jeff’s niece (Nia Keii), depicts nature’s elements in joyous movement, set to music by Joe Sample. Flack (1984), set to the music of legendary performer Roberta Flack, is a portrait of strife and despair but ultimately triumph.
“Act 2: A Jubilant Future” features a world premiere by co-founder and associate artistic director Gary Abbott. Parallel Lives is inspired by poor, working women who have shared life-changing events, both beautiful and tragic. The poignant work is set to original music by Evangelos Spanos based on Vivaldi’s La Folia. Abbott’s “Somewhere,” an excerpt from his Sweet Ree (1992), is a dance of hope, longing and dreams, set to music performed by Aretha Franklin. The program concludes with Jeff and Abbott’s 2004 work, Heaven, which spotlights joy and humanity, clarity and resolve, with music by Janice Pendarvis, Anthony Moten and Raymond Jones, updated by Sam Trump.
Deeply Rooted Dance Theater’s “An Inspired Past. A Jubilant Future” takes place Saturday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 16 at 2 p.m. at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
on the University of Chicago campus, 915 E. 60th Street, Chicago. For tickets or for more information, visit deeplyrooteddancetheater.org.
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Deeply Rooted Dance Theater will present "An Inspired Past. A Jubilant Future" December 15 and 16 at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts on the University of Chicago campus. (photo courtesy of Deeply Rooted Dance Theater).
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