Monday, November 11, 2019

Hyde Park School of Dance: Hip Hop, Ballet & Modern Dance in The Nutcracker Dec. 13–15

HYDE PARK SCHOOL OF DANCE COMBINES
HIP HOP, BALLET, AND MODERN DANCE

IN THE NUTCRACKER DEC. 13–15 AT MANDEL HALL



Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) brings together fans of ballet, modern, and hip hop with its annual presentation of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, with more than 175 dancers—primarily children ages 7 to 18. The cast includes weekly students and members of the school’s pre-professional Studio Company and features high school seniors who have grown up at the school, all supported by hundreds of volunteers. Performances are December 13–15 at Mandel Hall on the University of Chicago campus, 1131 E. 57th Street, Chicago. 
 
Staged by HPSD’s founding Artistic Director August Tye, longtime ballet mistress for Lyric Opera of Chicago, the 90-minute narrated production follows Clara, Fritz, and the mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer from the family holiday party and a midnight battle between the Nutcracker’s toy soldiers and the Mouse Queen’s squeaky troops through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets. 



Unlike other versions of this holiday classic, HPSD includes a breakdance battle to showcase the range of dance genres the school offers while sending a message of peace—instead of battling with swords, mice and soldiers tap into the power of hip hop to work out their differences through creative self-expression.
 
Prior to each performance, the Pre-Ballet Holiday Show showcases some of the school’s younger ballet students in performance. Dancers ages 4 to 7 from HPSD’s Pre-Ballet classes will warm up the stage in what is for many of them their first-ever performance. 
 
The production also features surprise cameos by local VIPs in the larger-than-life role of Mother Ginger. This year’s Mother Gingers include longtime HPSD parent and past board member Jana French and founding/honorary board member Marilyn Sheperd, whose daughters, Allyson and Gayle Ratliff, are on HPSD’s faculty. Previous guest performers have included Hyde Park Herald Editor Daschell Phillips, Montgomery Place board chair Mike McGarry, former Kenwood Academy High School Principal Dr. Gregory Jones, 5th Ward Alderman Leslie Hairston, former State Representative Kimberly DuBuclet, and Court Theatre Artistic Director Charles Newell.



On Friday, December 13, HPSD performs a sold-out abridged version for hundreds of school children, many seeing their first ballet, and senior center residents. The performance is made possible by Hyde Park School of Dance’s Community Engagement program, which also serves the public by offering quality dance instruction in schools, community centers, and park district programs citywide.

Adding a special element to the performance experience, HPSD’s Holiday Bazaar, taking place on site during select performances, offers audience members the opportunity to meet characters from The Nutcracker, finish up their holiday shopping with a wide variety of local vendors, and indulge in hot chocolate and other festive treats. The Holiday Bazaar takes place Saturday, December 14 from noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday, December 15 from noon to 5 p.m.
 
The Nutcracker takes place Friday, December 13 at 7 p.m.;
Saturday, December 14 at 1 and 6 p.m.; 
and Sunday, December 15 at 2 p.m.
at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th Street, in Chicago. 

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors (65+), $10 for children ages 6-18 
and for students with school ID, and free for children 5 and younger.
Special $40 reserved tickets are available for audience members of all ages. 
Tickets and more information are available at 773-493-8498 
or 
hydeparkdance.org/tickets
Hyde Park School of Dance
Founded in 1993 as the Hyde Park School of Ballet, Hyde Park School of Dance is a 501(c)3 non-profit providing opportunities for students of all ages and abilities to study, perform, and create classical and contemporary dance at the highest levels of discipline and artistry within a community dedicated to the welcoming inclusion of dancers of all races, religions, body types, genders, sexual orientations, and family income backgrounds. Led by Founding Artistic Director August Tye, Hyde Park School of Dance is committed to offering children the chance to experience the empowering rewards of self-discipline, hard work, and collaboration in a diverse and supportive environment, cultivating a love of dance and a strength of body, mind, and character that will benefit students throughout their lives.

Photos by Marc Monaghan.
Top: Valerie Lowder as Clara
Middle: Delaney Peet doing the splits
Bottom: Rohana Weaver as the Mouse Queen

Kelly Hall-Tompkins’ Music Kitchen Makes Carnegie Hall Debut on May 21, 2020



World premiere of Forgotten Voices celebrates Music Kitchen’s 15th Season

15 noted composers set words of homeless men and women to create a unique song cycle


Presented in Association with Carnegie Hall

"The [Music Kitchen] concerts have an air of authenticity and directness that sometimes does not exist in concert halls." - The New York Times


Music Kitchen , an organization founded and led by concert violinist and entrepreneur Kelly Hall-Tompkins, will make its debut at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 7:30 p.m . The program, presented in association with Carnegie Hall, features the world premiere of Forgotten Voices, a song cycle created by 15 noted composers. The text consists of words written by the audience at homeless shelters coast to coast in reaction to the Music Kitchen concerts they experienced. Tickets are $35, available at CarnegieHall.org; details are below.

The composers contributing works to this unique song cycle represent a diversity of genders, cultures and backgrounds. The list includes Pulitzer Prize winners and internationally renowned figures alongside emerging artists and Ms. Hall-Tompkins herself: Courtney Bryan, Jon Grier, Gabriel Kahane, James Lee III, Tania León, Beata Moon, Paul Moravec, Angélica Negrón, Kevin Puts, Steve Sandberg, Jeff Scott, Carlos Simon, Errollyn Wallen, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.

In addition to the violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins, the featured performers include Allison Charney, soprano; Adrienne Danrich, mezzo soprano; Jesse Blumberg, baritone; Mark Risinger, bass; Ling Ling Huang, violin; Andrew Gonzalez, viola; Alexis Gerlach and Peter Seidenberg, cellos; with additional artists to be announced at a later date.

Kelly Hall-Tompkins founded Music Kitchen in 2005, seeing a need to bring the joy of live music to people in homeless shelters. Hall-Tompkins and her Music Kitchen colleagues – top-notch international concert performers – have given over 100 concerts at homeless shelters around the world. At each performance, members of the audience are invited to write down their comments and emotions, and these words, collected over 14 years now form the text of the 15 songs in Forgotten Voices .

“By setting the life experiences and hardships of homeless men and women to music by some of the world’s greatest composers, we bring voice to the voiceless in an unprecedented way, and share the triumphs, hopes and humanity that exists in us all,” says Ms. Hall-Tompkins. Through the Forgotten Voices project, we hope to inspire concert-goers to learn more about the forgotten people they may overlook in their own communities.”

Some of Kelly Hall-Tompkins' inspiration comes from a particularly tragic story that touched her deeply. Just a day before Music Kitchen’s concert at a shelter in Los Angeles, news arrived that a homeless woman well known to many in that community had passed away. Ms. Hall-Tompkins said, “When we decided to dedicate that day’s performance to this woman, the clients were deeply moved by the gesture. The director of the shelter told me that one of the biggest fears among the people they work with is living and dying in the shadows of an uncaring society.”   

The featured cycle is comprised of songs that have been premiered in shelters each month since the beginning of 2019. The world premiere of the complete work, entitled Forgotten Voices , will be performed by an ensemble of outstanding string players and vocalists. Forgotten Voices is commissioned by Music Kitchen with support from Carnegie Hall. The evening will include also include Q&A from the stage led by NBC senior correspondent Harry Smith. Full program information is listed below.

CALENDAR LISTING
Music Kitchen-Food For the Soul presents in association with Carnegie Hall:

World Premiere of Forgotten Voices
Thursday, May 21, 2020 | 7:30pm
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
Tickets: $35
 
Featured Artists
Allison Charney, soprano, Adrienne Danrich, soprano/mezzo soprano, Jesse Blumberg, baritone, Mark Risinger, bass
Kelly Hall-Tompkins and Ling Ling Huang, violins; Andrew Gonzalez, viola; Alexis Gerlach and Peter Seidenberg, cellos

Performing music by
Courtney Bryan, Jon Grier, Kelly Hall-Tompkins, Gabriel Kahane, James Lee III, Tania León, Beata Moon, Paul Moravec, Angélica Negrón, Kevin Puts, Steve Sandberg, Jeff Scott, Carlos Simon, Errollyn Wallen, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich

With texts by
audiences at Music Kitchen concerts at homeless shelters compiled over 14 years of concerts
  
Tickets are available at CarnegieHall.org , by phone at 212-247-7800, or in person at the Carnegie Hall Box Office

For more information, visit kellyhall-tompkins.com

Violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins
Founder, Executive/Artistic Director, Music Kitchen


Winner of a Naumburg International Violin Competition Honorarium Prize, an Honorary Doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music, and featured in the Smithsonian Museum for African-American History, Ms. Hall-Tompkins has been acclaimed by The New York Times as "the versatile violinist who makes the music come alive," featured as a New York Times New Yorker of the Year (2017) for her "tonal mastery" ( BBC Music Magazine ) and by Forbes as “an amazing philanthropist and business woman.” 

She appeared in spring 2019 as co-soloist in Carnegie Hall with violinist Glenn Dicterow and Leonard Slatkin conducting, in London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and for “Forgotten Voices” a United Nations Concert at Lincoln Center. She has appeared as soloist live on BBC Radio in London, and with the symphony orchestras of Dallas, Jacksonville, Tulsa, Oakland, Brevard Festival, Uruguay, as well as in recitals in cities including Paris, New York, Toronto, Washington, Chicago, Baltimore, as inaugural guest artist in residence of the Cincinnati Symphony, and at festivals in France, Germany and Italy. Ms. Hall-Tompkins was “Fiddler”/Violin Soloist of the Grammy and Tony Award nominated Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof. Her subsequent solo disc “The Fiddler Expanding Tradition” emerged as a ground-breaking first ever Fiddler solo CD. The disc and her live performances in Kiev are featured in “Fiddler: Miracle of Miracles,” the new documentary on the 50-year history of  Fiddler on the Roof . Collaborator with Mark O’Connor and member of the Ritz Chamber players, she has appeared at Tanglewood, Ravinia, Santa Fe and Lincoln Center.

As a trailblazing social justice entrepreneur, Ms. Hall-Tompkins is Founder of Music Kitchen– Food for the Soul, which has brought over 100 concerts to an estimated 18,000 homeless shelter clients nationwide from New York to Los Angeles and in Paris, France and has featured over 150 artists including Emanuel Ax, Glenn Dicterow, Albrecht Mayer, Jeff Ziegler, and Rene Marie. Kelly and Music Kitchen have been featured in The New York Times, on CBSNews.com and ABCNews.com, plus Strings Magazine, Chamber Music America Magazine, Spirituality and Health Magazine , Columbia University Radio and cable’s Hallmark Channel.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Midori Samson in Wisconsin Premiere of Godwin Sadoh's Ola Ilu for Bassoon solo


Godwin Sadoh

Midori Samson



Godwin Sadoh writes:

Hello Bill,
      
Midori Samson performed the Wisconsin Premiere of Godwin Sadoh's Ola Ilu for Bassoon solo, on Friday November 1, 2019, at the Michelsen Hall, Noel Fine Arts Center, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.

Godwin Sadoh

Harlem Chamber Players Annual Bach Concert Friday, November 22, 2019, 7 PM

"The Harlem Bach Project" continues with an evening of concerti by the master, J.S. Bach.

“The final aim and reason of all music is nothing other than the glorification of God and the refreshment of the spirit.”—J.S. Bach


Annual Bach Concert
Friday, November 22, 2019 at 7 PM

Broadway Presbyterian Church
601 West 114th Street
New York, NY 10025
114th Street and Broadway

This venue is wheelchair-accessible.
Click here for directions.
Click here to view and print a flyer.

TICKETS
$15 online | $20 at the door the day of the concert. Cash or checks only at the door.
Purchase online now for discounted pricing and to avoid lines at the door on the day of the concert.

PROGRAM
Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G major, BWV 1049 for 2 Flutes and Violin
"Ach, bleibe doch, mein liebstes Leben," BWV 11 for Mezzo-Soprano
"Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust," BWV 170 for Mezzo-Soprano
"Bete aber auch dabei," BWV 115 for Soprano
"Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben," (from St. Matthew Passion) BWV 244 for Soprano
"Vergnügen und Lust," BWV 190 for Soprano
"Den Tod niemand zwingen kunnt," BWV 4 for Soprano and Mezzo-Soprano
"Nimm dich mir," BWV 163 for Soprano and Mezzo-Soprano
Concerto for 3 Violins in D major, BWV 1064R

FEATURING
Brandie Sutton, Soprano
Lucia Bradford, Mezzo-Soprano
Ashley Horne, Violin
Claire Chan, Violin
Suzanne Gilman, Violin (Photo: Courtesy of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts)
Chala Yancy, Violin
With a chamber orchestra comprising members of The Harlem Chamber Players

HOSTED BY
Eric K. Washington
Independent historian whose upcoming book, Boss of the Grips: The Life of James H. Williams and the Red Caps of Grand Central Terminal, published by Liveright, an imprint of W.W. Norton, in October 2019.


The Harlem School of the Arts and
The Harlem Chamber Players
present

From the Page to the Stage:
An Exploration into How Music Gets Made
Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 3 PM

Miller Theatre at Columbia University
2960 Broadway (at 116th Street)
New York, NY 10027

This venue is wheelchair-accessible.
Click here for directions.

TICKETS
Tickets are $10 for general admission. Cash or checks only at the door.
Purchase online now to avoid lines at the door on the day of the concert.

PROGRAM
Music by Poulenc, Miguel del Águila, and Chevalier de Saint-Georges
with Lectures and Demonstrations by the Artists
Curated by Hassan Anderson

FEATURING
Monica Ellis, Bassoon
Amadi Azikiwe, Viola
Thank you to all who have supported us in the past.
Donations of any amount are much appreciated.

You may also donate by check:
The Harlem Chamber Players, Inc.
191 Claremont Avenue #25
New York, NY 10027

John Malveaux: LA Opera's "The Magic Flute" opens Nov. 16 with Frederick Ballentine

Frederick Ballentine

Taylor Raven

So Young Park

John Malveaux of 
writes:

Los Angeles production of Mozart's MAGIC FLUTE opens Nov. 16 with remaining dates Nov. 21, Nov. 23, Dec. 1, Dec. 12, and Dec. 15, 2019.  Cast include soprano So Young Park (Queen of the night) pic 3, tenor Frederick Ballentine (Monostatos) pic 1, and soprano Taylor Raven (Third Lady) pic 2. 

Saturday, November 9, 2019

TheArtsDesk.com: Chineke! Orchestra in Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Violin Concerto

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912)

Coleridge-Taylor's Violin Concerto shines ready for this idealistic orchestra's tour

Ritz Chamber Players Announces 18th Concert Season “We The People”


Terrance Patterson writes:


Greetings Friends and Music Lovers

It is with great excitement that we announce the Ritz Chamber Players 2019-2020 Main-Stage Season of Chamber Music! All the main stage concerts are free, begin at 7:30 pm, and are hosted at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church (4001 Hendricks Ave.) in Jacksonville, Fla. Tickets for all main stage performances can be reserved via: RitzChamberPlayers.org. Preferred seating can be purchased for $25 per person. 

The Ritz Chamber Players 18th Season of concerts promises a wealth of breathtaking artistic and social experiences exploring works that speak to the past and its relevance in today’s society. The Ritz Chamber Players 2019-2020 season theme – We The People – will explore our current social situation that feels like the world is falling into itself and allow music to have us work for harmony in our differences! Music has always had the ability to help us choose love over conflict, kindness over struggle, peace over warfare, connection over disagreement and engagement over fighting. We The People will focus on performances that focus on: Religious divisions, home grown terrorists, Women’s Rights and our perpetual wars . . . When conversations begin with, WE – change happens. 

Join us and let’s start the conversation!
Musically, 

Terrance Patterson
Executive and Artistic Director


The season opens by exploring composers inspired by their deep religious faith. When we consider leading our thoughts and actions with this simple yet powerful commandment – Love Thy Neighbor – we find love really can conquer all. Love is a topic we can all worship!

Since 1865, the KKK has threatened the unity of our country, specifically targeting the voice of our Black citizens. This thought-provoking program will explore works by Black composers that speak to Black heritage as well as rising beyond racism and exclusion — both past and present.

Music’s history includes a long period of time during which works composed by women were not performed in public. We believe a woman’s place is wherever her talent takes her. In honor of Women’s History Month, we are proud to present the inspiring and moving contributions of extraordinary women, including women of color!

American troops are currently enduring the longest war in our nation’s history. Historically, intense times of conflict also cultivate a powerful artistic response. The Ritz Chamber Player’s season finale performance, ‘Make Love Not War’ explores works written to honor both the military service and lives of those impacted by war and conflict.

John Malveaux: UCLA Medal Presented to Wadada Leo Smith Nov. 8, 2019

Wadada Leo Smith

John Malveaux of 
writes:

Nov. 8, 2019 attended presentation of the UCLA Medal to Wadada Leo Smith and concert of his works at Evelyn & Mo Ostin Music Center, UCLA. The UCLA Medal is the highest honor offered at UCLA. Past recipients include  Tom Bradley, Lawrence Olivier, Carol Burnett, John Wooden, Toshiro Mifune, James Earl Jones, Bill Clinton, Francis Ford Coppola, Shimon Peres, Benazir Bhutto, Janet Reno, Quincy Jones, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jimmy Carter, and Frank Gehry.

Wadada Leo Smith is credited with a compositional symbolic language, ANKHRASMATION, for creative musicians. The concert following award presentation included excerpts from Four Symphonies (Wadada Leo Smith, trumpet, Nina Eidsheim, voice, Vicki Ray, piano; String Quartet No. 11, movement No. 5, Angela Davis, and String Quartet No. 11, movement No. 5, UCLA Music Library (RedKoral Quartet).
 
See pic Wadada Leo Smith speaking after receiving UCLA Medal. Listen to YouTube posting of "Martin Luther King Jr" from Wadada Leo Smith album "Ten Freedom Summers"  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFvCjG1wAxc

Friday, November 8, 2019

Rick Robinson: 'Phantom Detroit' Premieres Next Week!


Rick Robinson writes:

November 8, 2019

Dear Friends,        
 

It's me again, with exciting news! CutTime has two VERY HOT concerts in the Detroit-area next week and more public gigs coming down the pike.

CutTime Simfonica returns to Henry Ford's Dearborn mansion Nov. 13 (W) 7:30pmFair Lane Manor to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Fair Lane Music Guild series with a special program in the Pool Room. My FATHER sang in an open mic in this building back in the 70s. I was running around this building when I was 10!

Keep in mind this is another huge, fun variety program featuring MOT Concertmaster Eliot Heaton and Musique Noire's Leslie DeShazor. We open with Chabrier's Espana Rhapsody and Glinka's Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture and add my father's musical gift to the world, First Grief (2011), which I heard in the moment he was pronounced. This work might have him live forever. Bring a hanky. It's so liberating to mix blues, gospel and jazz with classical music like this; to show it is a living and powerful art form.

We'll also perform two of my latest works, Model-T Magic, inspired by a vision of Henry Ford cranking up his first engines, plus a gospel slice of Phantom Detroit before the big premiere on the other big concert.

Friday November 15 7p, we premiere Phantom Detroit, a new, multimedia work for the ARTX DETROIT series, sponsored by The Kresge Foundation. In collaborations with my partners since 2017, The Urban Requiem Project (URP), we've added context to my soulful blends of urban pop music (gospel, video game, jazz and funk with the dramatic classical structures). URP's poets Virgil (Al) Taylor, Claretha (Peace) Bell and Andre Johnson (aka Kevlar Afrika) will bring piercing authenticity to the subject of Detroit's rapid changes, reading amplified over the music.

The program opens with Mozart's 25th Symphony setting the foundation of the evening. It continues with two of our previous collaborations between Kevlar, Peace Bell and my very Detroit-flavored compositions. We'll include our top hit, Duke Ellington's Martin Luther King, and then play my 2009 hit Highland Park, MI: City of Trees not a mile from my childhood home in HP. Joining us in Phantom is the D-Mac Jazz Trio of Duncan McMillan on piano, Damon Warmack on electric bass and Skeeto Valdez on drums. You won't want to miss this incredible mashup, esp. as we project street scenes of a changing city during the premiere.

This program is FREE at St. Matthew's and St. Joseph's on Woodward at Holbrook November 15 (Fr) 7pm-9. Come early for church parking and best seating. There's plenty of street parking off Woodward. This church sounds dry for a church, but we will use amplification for the voices and for those in the back. Donations toward this project are still needed. Contact me for details. And of course, please brag about this and tell everyone it's FREE. There's a reception downstairs afterward too.
 

In more good news CutTime won a mini-grant from CultureSource to fund three Classical Revolution Detroit (CRD) events in the next few months in Detroit restaurants, clubs and bars. Stayed tuned for dates. January 24 (Fr) 8p-11 at PJ's Lager House is already on the calendar.

If you like good fundraisers, consider catching Simfonica play the Holley Institute's annual St. Nicholas Dinner Party at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club on Dec. 4 (W) 6p-8:30. We play during the silent auction cocktail hour and another set during the dinner. I'll have a link on our website calendar soon for ticket info (around $100!).

Well, that's all the good news. Bring up CutTime whenever you hear someone's looking for lively Christmas Party music for office, home and corporate events. Help us inspire your many communities!
Thanks.

- Rick Robinson (Mr. CutTime)

with Kevlar Afrika at GP Memorial Church

Red Clay Dance Company: Words to Live By: Glocal


Words to Live By: Glocal



The leadership of Red Clay Dance Company explores themes and topics inspired by various words that resonate among its artists, students, administrators, and supporters. We will offer some examples in a series of stories this fall and ask for your responses to them as well.

This month, we continue with GLOCAL:
  • Reflecting or characterized by both local and global considerations
  • Of or relating to the interconnection of global and local issues

What does glocal mean to Red Clay Dance Company?
Vershawn Sanders-Ward, Founder and Artistic Director
We started using this word during our strategic planning process about eight years ago. My understanding is that it is more of a business term, but we adopted it because we felt that it reflects how we wanted our work to sit in the world. “Glocal” is obviously a combination of the words global and local and infers both the human body and society at large, a dichotomy I address consistently in my work. One definition of the word “local” in the dictionary is "pertaining to or characterized by place or position in space; spatial,” so this can mean the body as a local entity. Through movement, one can express global issues, experiences, thoughts, and feelings. 
Dance is a powerful form of communication. Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and her company, Urban Bush Women, and Ronald K. Brown are among my influences. Glocal could be applied to their work as well—the shaping of the local, or individual, to express the global, or universal. I want my work to inspire awareness of issues in all marginalized communities, to promote dialogue and discussion, and ultimately to become a call to action.”


Red Clay Dance Company
incorporates a glocal focus
in a number of ways. Our
 community engagement
and education work is
hyperlocal in that we
serve South Side
communities, school,
youth centers, churches,
parks, etc. We hire local
artists who aspire to see
their work on a global
level/platform (both
performing and teaching).
We aim to be a global
model for seamless
integration of teaching
and performing—both
on an equal playing
field and one informing
and influencing the other
within the company.
We connect local partners
and individuals to our
global partners, such as
Keiga Dance Company in
Uganda. We impact the
lives and future of
local youth who have the
potential to spread the
values and skills we
have activated in them
on national and global
 platforms/spaces. We
are aiming for more
exchanges like the one
we have with Keiga, but
also including teaching
and other creative
opportunities for our
artists.

We are standing in the
space of truly creating
a local community of
creatives with aspirations
for global impact!


Marceia Scruggs, company 
member
When I hear the term 

“glocal,” I imagine 
ginormous hands that 
stretch far beyond the 
Northern Lights. A wee 
droplet of blue dye into 
a half full glass—it prints, 
it splashes, it begins 
to reach. It breathes 
 expansion, both near 
and far. Glocal, I believe, 
is where potential and 
action are unlocked on 
both a wide range 
and more local 
community spectrum. 
In this world, necessary 
and relative topics of 
change are met, 
sparking inquiry, 
curiosity, and 
transformation.                                                                                                                         

Whether through 

dialogue, performance, 
teaching, or 
collaborating, Red Clay 
Dance Company 
actively creates 
relative, resounding, 
and reflective 
 conversation that can 
be witnessed by a 
spectrum of people. 
From topics of the 
importance of 
community, to 
economic inequities, 
to ancestry, the 
company constantly 
generates vital 
dialogue and impact. 
Recently, I was 
fortunate to witness 
its Youth Ensemble, 
led by Chaniece 
Holmes, in a 
conversation on the 
needs of their 
community and how 
in particular this 
impacted them. At 
this moment, I was 
awakened yet 
again as to why this 
work is important. 
Red Clay Dance 
Company is actively 
birthing change 
agents near and far.

Catrina Franklin, vice chair, board 
of directors
In respect to Red Clay Dance 
Company, glocal means to 
impact the local environment 
with global influences and 
the opportunity for this 
company to expand globally. 
Red Clay Dance was created 
out of Vershawn’s global 
experience, but the company 
is on the move to be a global 
company giving back to the 
local community.


We’d like to know what GLOCAL means to you! Please email info@redclaydance.com 
and share your thoughts with us.

Photos top to bottom:
Red Clay Dance Company and Keiga Dance Company performing EKILI MUNDA | What Lies Within (L–R: Marceia Scruggs, Robert Ssempijja, Chaniece Holmes). Photo by Raymond Jerome.
Vershawn Sanders-Ward teaching class at the Kampala National Theatre in Kampala, Uganda
Getting ready for the premiere of EKILI MUNDA | What Lies Within at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, November 2018.
Company member Chaniece Holmes performs in Art of Resilience 2.0 at the DuSable Museum Roundhouse.
Keiga Dance Company Artistic Director Jonas Byaruhanga leads a masterclass at Red Clay Dance Company's home space, Fuller Park.