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The Ebo Landing Project: DANCE WORKS

Ebo Landing, a modern narrative ballet, depicts the powerful, tragic story of an actual historical event in which an illegal shipment of human cargo walked into the sea rather than enter a life of slavery. Richmond composer Dr. William Eldridge will compose the musical score for string quartet and percussion. The choreographer for Ebo Landing is Willie Hinton, a former dancer with PHILADANCO in Philadelphia and a current faculty member of the School of the Richmond Ballet. Undaunted pride and courage during adversity, a faith in tribal traditions and the strength of community make this a compelling story.

Call to Worship is a soul-stirring modern dance work choreographed by Rodney Williams, CDT Co-Director and Director of Dance at Longwood University. Set to Robert L. Wilson's gospel-inspired composition for vocal quartet and chamber ensemble, the work follows the order of service in a typical Black Church, including the "Call to Worship", "Praise and Testifying" and "Benediction". By uplifting the audience and inviting a lively response, this piece will joyously celebrate the spirit, salvation and strength of the church for the African-American community.

Lonesome Night, a jazz ballet, is set in Harlem during the Harlem Renaissance and based on lyrics by Langston Hughes. The work will be choreographed by CDT alumnus Thomas Ragland of the Richmond Ballet. Composer/saxophonist Darius Jones has been commissioned to compose the score for jazz ensemble. A lonely young man is unable to escape from his desolate room and the walls of his own making until a young woman comes to his door seeking help.

The final piece, Unitopia, will be choreographed to an exciting hip-hop inflected electroacoustic work by well-known British composer Dr. Robert Mackay, who knows the hip-hop genre well as a member of the Welsh-rapping group Tystion. Friends of City Dance has commissioned Mackay to re-imagine the hip-hop sound through the filter of cutting-edge digital technology, and has engaged choreographers Will Sterling and Talita Jackson to re-examine hip-hop through the lens of modern dance in a work that will explore hip-hop's positive and progressive potential.