Monday, December 4, 2017

The American History of Race – Slave Songs Excerpt & Discussion

Community Events & Programs, Master Classes & Workshops

Approximate Run-time: 6:30-8:00 PM


Free | Open to the public

To RSVP, call 651.282.3115 or reserve your spot online.

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Experience Threads Dance Project’s SAGE Award nominated work The Secrets of Slave Songs – an examination of slavery, its abolition and consequences in the United States. The piece explores the complicated, intertwined relationships between white Americans and African slaves as the origin of continued complex relationships between white and black Americans. Threads dancers will perform excerpts from the show; then you are invited to participate in a discussion including Q&A with Threads dancers and artistic director Karen L. Charles.



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The Lundstrum Performing Arts building is accessible. To request ASL-interpretation or other accommodations, please include requests in your reservation by November 22.


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Photo above: Threads Dance Project “Slave Songs” (Bill Cameron Photography). Choreography: Karen L. Charles. Dancers: LaTia Childers, Rae Charles Harge, Aneka Starlashay McMullen, Adia Morris, Elander Rosser.


The Karen L. Charles Threads Dance Project