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October 16, 2013

Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre to debut 'Generations 2013' Oct. 30 at Purdue

Mary Schott

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Deeply Rooted Dance Theater will kick off "Generations 2013," a five-year multigenerational repertory project, Oct. 30 at Purdue University's Loeb Playhouse.

The performance is sponsored by the Purdue University Black Cultural Center. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Elliott Hall and Stewart Center box offices at 765-494-3933 or 800-914-SHOW.

"Deeply Rooted Dance Theater (DRDT) is Chicago's premier contemporary dance theater and is steeped in the African-American aesthetic," said BCC director Renee Thomas. "The company performs the works of renowned choreographers and tours nationally and internationally. 'Generations' features classic and new works by emerging, established and legendary choreographers.

"It will highlight the company's unique style and influence on contemporary dance, inspired by the African Diaspora. 'Generations' underscores the company's impact on dance in Chicago and abroad. These artists include emerging choreographers discovering their voices; established choreographers who have gained recognition and acclaim for their work with national and international dance companies; and legendary choreographers who have created a body of groundbreaking work."

The program features the world premiere of "Hadiya," by emerging choreographer Nicole Clarke-Springer and repertory by established choreographers, including the DRDT premiere of "Conversations," by Jeff; "Bach'd," by DRDT associate artistic director and co-founder Gary Abbott; and "Ferrotype," by Jeff and Abbott. Following the Purdue performance, they will perform the piece on Nov. 1 at the Harris Theatre in Chicago's Millennium Park.

In addition to the Oct. 30 show, DRDT members will present a master dance class that will be open to the public. The class will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Córdova Recreational Sports Center Feature Gym. 

Writer: Greg McClure, 765-496-9711, gmcclure@purdue.edu  

Source: Renee Thomas, 765-494-3091, rathomas@purdue.edu