is an exciting and eclectic program of dance planned for the summer of 2011. It will showcase the outstanding talent and versatility of current City Dance Theatre dancers and recent CDT alumni who are now attending college or dancing professionally. The project comprises a series of performances and community workshops, including an American premiere at the Carpenter Theater at CenterStage in Richmond, Virginia followed by a British premiere at the Richmond Theater in our Sister City of Richmond upon Thames, England.
Four newly commissioned works of original music and choreography will be presented, ranging from a narrative modern ballet to an abstract work inspired by hip-hop. Through the power of music, dance and theatrical design, the diverse set of works will create a compelling artistic examination of the experience of Africans and African-Americans in America, from the era of slavery to modern times.
All but one of the commissioned composers and choreographers live or were educated in Richmond, and the other is a well-known British composer who has presented his works in Richmond on several occasions.
The Ebo Landing Project seeks to engage its audiences in a deeper appreciation of the African-American experience and the narrative power of dance. And by bringing attention to Richmond's remarkable and successful pre-professional dance program, Friends of City Dance hopes to promote City Dance Theatre and Richmond's City Dance program as an inspiration and model for municipal dance programs across the nation.
You can support this significant cultural and civic project by making a
tax-deductible contribution to Friends of City Dance.