Friday, January 20, 2017

Black History Month at the Kimmel




The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts celebrates the heritage, accomplishments and culture of African-Americans in February by shining a spotlight on some of these creative accomplishments. Black History comes to life on the Kimmel Center Campus in February. The world renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater kicks things off with performances on February 3-4, featuring Hope Boykin’s r-Evolution, Dream, inspired by speeches and sermons of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as well as the three-part work Untitled America about the impact of the prison system on African American families. In addition, audiences will experience Ailey’s master work, Revelations, dance movements to traditional African American spirituals now seen in 70 countries. On February 8, 2017 there is a STUDENT EVENT which must be booked by an educator. In a matinee performance, Philadanco features a tribute to jazz icons Prince and Earth, Wind and Fire, with choreography by Tally Beatty. A  Q & A session will follow the program.  To register, please email or call 215-790-5896.  Brazil’s premiere folkloric dance company Balé Folcórico da Bahía is bringing Carnival to Philadelphia on February 17th. This 38-member troupe of dancers, singers and musicians perform “Bahían” dances of African origin including samba, slave dances,and capoeira- a form of martial arts designed to look like dance that was once performed by enslaved Africans. There will also be two free community Carnival events. On Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 12:00 p.m. there will be free capoeira dance lessons in Hamilton Garden led by Philadelphia based dance company Project Capoeira, a Philadelphia non-profit.  On Friday, February 17, 2017, 6:00 p.m. the entire community is invited to “Carnival at the Kimmel Center,” a free dance party that will parade down Broad Street to The Merriam Theater in time for the 7:30 p.m. performance of Balé Folclórico da Bahía. 

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