What's Going On: Life, Love and Social Justice
Presented by Contemporary Dance Theater
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Contemporary Dance Theater presents The Dance Place's dance tribute to Marvin Gaye entitled ‘What’s Going On: Life, Love and Social Justice’. This work features the choreography of Vincent Thomas, Sylvia Soumah and Ralph Glenmore. Originally produced by Dance Place in Washington DC, the work brings together connections between Dance Place’s Carla Perlo, who went to UC, Sylvia Soumah, who grew up in Cincinnati, Jefferson James and Contemporary Dance Theater. This residency offers CDT a delightful opportunity to share this work and the work of these amazing artists.
‘What’s Going On?’ is an interesting and organic collaboration of three choreographers and a combination of three different styles of dance, modern, jazz and West African dance. The music of Marvin Gaye evokes the 60’s and 70’s, the social unrest and war fatigue, as well as the social dances and melancholy introspection of that time, but there is some solace in the end of the work with images of people coming together.
‘What’s Going On?’ is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Dance Place in partnership with RestonCenterStage and NPN. The presentation and touring of this work is supported by the NPN, of which Contemporary Dance Theater is a partner.