Friday and Saturday, Nov 21 – 22, 7:30pm
Chicago-based Deeply Rooted Dance Theater returns to the Mark Morris Dance Center with Generations II.
Generations II is the second installation of the five-part Generations Initiative. Launched in 2013, the multigenerational repertory project features classic and new works by choreographers representing the scope of the continuum of dance that forms Deeply Rooted's legacy.
The program features two works choreographed, in collaboration, by Kevin Iega Jeff and Gary Abbott.
"Ferrotype" is a 45-minute ballet set to a musical soundtrack including; Gula Island Traditional Spirituals, Thomas A. Dorsey, Georgia Tom, Anton Dvorak, Nikki Giovanni, Clarence Williams' Blue Five, and Mavis Staples. "Ferrotype," inspired by portraits of African-American families from the turn of the 20th century, is named after a photographic technique of the same period.
The second collaboration, "Heaven," is set to an original score by Janice Pendarvis and Anthony Moten examines the idea that heaven is a state of mind.
New York premieres include: Gary Abbott's "Here's to Life," a contemporary look at relationships set to the music of Shirley Horn, the prayerful "Cristo Redento," set the the music of Donald Byrd choreographed by MenCa, and "When Lambs Become Lions," a female empowerment dance, choreographed by Nicole Clark Springer. Kevin Iega's lush duet "Wild Is The Wind" set to music by Nina Simone, rounds out the program.
$30 General Admission
$75 Benefactor Ticket
Discounts available for groups of 10 or more.