Wednesday, December 11, 2013

DANCE, GOSPEL & KWANZAA @ THE CREATIVE ALLIANCE THIS WEEKEND

 

 

 

 

Trajectory Dance Project

WHEN: Thurs., Dec. 12, 8 PM
TICKETS: 
$20, $15 mbrs. & stus.
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Artistic director Alice Howes presents a night of diverse, inventive contemporary dance with an eight-member ensemble, which includes both professional dancers from the Baltimore community and advanced dance majors from Coppin State University. Howes' choreography focuses on the human condition, ideas of community and isolation, social justice, and the struggle to maintain relationships despite adversity. Howes' work also strives to express the often-neglected joyous quality inherent in movement. 

Although completely contemporary, the work harkens back to the early days of modern dance when profound human expressiveness was paramount. This concert features Emptiness is All, a quartet developed from spoken poetry and its translation into American Sign Language. The ensemble also will perform Ação de Graças, "a joyful movement piece that celebrates community." Trajectory Dance Project performing members are Melinda Blomquist, Valerie Branch, Kiara Davis, Alice Howes, Frances James, Sarah Joy Stallsmith, Mari Travis, and Alicia Williams.

The Sensational Royal Lights with The New Gospelites

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 13, 8 PM  
TICKETS:
$16, $11 mbrs.
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Founded over fifty years ago in Cordtown, MD, The Sensational Royal Lights - led by the Elliott brothers—have harnessed their prodigious vocal talents for spiritual purposes. Their blues-tinged gospel tunes showcase joyous four-part harmonies. 

A big hit at the recent Maryland Folklife Festival, The New Gospelites of Chestertown, MD, embody the Chesapeake Tidewater's significant heritage of quartet-style a capella singing. An authentic evening of Piedmont influenced, Maryland-born gospel in celebration of the holiday season.

Kwanzaa with Maria Broom and Sankofa Dance Theater

WHEN: Sat, Dec 14, 4:30 PM & 6:30 PM
WHERE: Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
TICKETS: $12, $7 mbrs & youth under 12 yrs.
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Celebrate African-American traditions with story teller Maria Broom and Jali D, the drum talker, followed by authentic African dance by Sankofa Dance Theater! Celebrate Latino holiday traditions with Piñata decorating workshops earlier in the day.