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April 23, 2014

Jahari Dance Troupe to perform 'Inherited History' in Spring Dance Revue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Jahari Dance Troupe from Purdue University's Black Cultural Center will perform "Inherited History" at its annual Spring Revue at 7 p.m. Saturday (April 26) in Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse.

Tickets, $5 for students and $7 for the general public, are available through the Hall of Music ticket office, 765-494-3933.

During the fall semester, students at the BCC studied the Gullah, a group of black Americans from South Carolina and the Georgia Sea Islands that has retained its African culture because of geographic isolation. Inspired by what they learned, the dancers created "Inherited History."

"This performance will explore the connection between the traditional and the modern," said William Caise, BCC assistant director. "Gullah, renowned for its cultural retentions, served as a rich cultural and historical source that laid bare the many African influences that are present in our daily lives as well as our art. Using dance, Jahari explores that history and culture, seeking to find how those elements impact and inform today's dance."

The Jahari Dance Troupe was established in 1971 and is one of four performing arts ensembles housed within the Black Cultural Center. The group, named for the Swahili word meaning jewels, is a student company trained in a variety of techniques that range from traditional styles to contemporary trends in black dance. Jahari's repertoire includes African, ballet, Caribbean, folk, jazz, modern dance and music video dance styles. 

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

Source: William Caise, 765-494-4630, wpcaise@purdue.edu