Afro-Latin@ Diaspora Summer Dance Intensive | various locations | Dance | Chicago Reader

Afro-Latin@ Diaspora Summer Dance Intensive Recommended The Short List (Theater) Image

When: July 15-18 2014

Dances that offer important history lessons are rare, and these four shows, commissioned by Columbia College as part of its new Afro-Latino dance program, are doubly unique for illuminating a largely untold history. Even today in Latin America, the rich and complex roots of Afro-Latino dance, shaped by the massive influence of colonization and the slave trade on indigenous and traditional Latin American folk dances, remain less than fully acknowledged. Chicago-based companies AfriCaribe and Latin Rhythms are keeping both fusion and traditional styles vital. AfriCaribe (Tue 7/15) draws on Caribbean and Puerto Rican social dances: a line of women in pastel headwraps and skirts sing while drummers improvise a relentless beat. Out in front, a soloist's fluttering skirts resemble a swimming stingray. Latin Rhythms' program (Fri 7/18) of salsa and cha-cha-cha includes a melodramatic routine for three couples in which each woman exhibits a thrilling agility of the hips, as if her pelvis were attached ball-and-socket style to the base of her spine. Continue reading >>

Price: $15

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