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DCDC’s “The Black Tour” brings a city’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), art galleries, civil rights museums, and prominent performing arts centers together to infuse art into the community's conversation on the Black experience. Anchored by the commissioned work of Tommie-Waheed Evans, this tour celebrates and honors key civil rights events that make the tapestry of American culture.

Performances


Sermon on the Mount

This collaborative work investigates elements of desire, longing, and loneliness through the lens of queer embodiment within Black spiritual spaces. Using inspiration from author Ashon T. Crawly's profoundly innovative book, "Blackpentecostal Breath: The Aesthetics of Possibility," the work explores the themes of bodily surrender, openness, and Black spirituality.

Sermon on the Mount is an emergence of choreographic, sonic, and visual practice. Kanye West's Sunday Service Choir rendition of a gospel classic, "Total Praise," allows space for a dialogue to take place between the music and dance.

With Sermon on the Mount, we ask, "How are spiritual desires constructed through the lenses and experiences of an isolated being?"

American Mo’

American Mo', choreographed by Crystal Michelle, is a celebration of triumph over adversity. Dancers express freedom, courage, and joy to Duke Ellington's "Three Black Kings," composed in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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In My Father’s House

Set to four contemporary gospel tunes by Kirk Franklin and the Family, In My Father’s House brings the modern-day church experience to the stage. The built-in encore, danced to the song “When I Think About Jesus,” is so highly energized that it brings the audience to their feet, and they leave the theater dancing and singing.

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Strong Like We

An energetic and vibrant look into the past, Strong Like We pays homage to the strength and courage of Mike Malone’s (1943-2006) movement legacy embedded within Kathy Smith’s artistry.

The Geography of the Cotton Fields

This work is a unique exploration of the geography that produced the right conditions for the cultivation of the cotton plant, which subsequently has had historical global implications. Featuring a musical backdrop by contemporary Brazilian composer Amon Tobin and on-stage narrative, the combination of dance and music is simultaneously intuitive and exacting.

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​Wawa Aba

​Wawa Aba (toughness, hardiness, perseverance), choreographed by Stafford C. Berry, Jr., explores what it takes for a culture to last. It celebrates determination and strength while pulling from African dance traditions.

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Interested in bringing "The Black Tour" to your city?

Contact Omar Ingram for more information.