Special Workshops
A Journey through the musical life of Machito (born in Havana, Cuba and later migrated to the U.S. in the late 1930's), one of the most influential Latin jazz musicians who helped refine Afro-Cuban jazz and create both Cubop and Salsa music. This abstract look at Machito's life from his early childhood in Cuba to his collaboration with American Jazz greats like Dizzie Gillespie and Charlie Parker uses dance and spoken word to recognize Machito's contribution to the world of music.
Artistic Director
"Macho: an Afro latin Jazz Suite (work in progress)"
"Island Dreams / Rhythm of Sunshine" (2010/2014)
A look at Afro Caribbean life through rhythm and movement deeply rooted in the African traditions brought over during transatlantic slave trade. Choreographer Sekou McMiller shows the relationship between the U.S. South and the Caribbean and how they cultivated new music and dance style that transcend social, economical and political divides. Featuring music by Ray Barretto, Tito Puente, La Lupe, Roberto Roena and Ray Charles.
A heart pound, joyous, rhythmically infectious look at the golden age of latin dance and music. America's latin craze of the 40's, 50's and through the early 60's. A movement that became the heartbeat of the night life and forever change the landscape of the American music and dance culture.
"Palladium: the Golden Era" (work in progress)
"Yatra Ta" (2008)
Tribute to famed Brazilian Jazz Singer/Artist Tania Maria featuring music and dance of Afro Brazilian Jazz, Samba, Bossa Nova and Capoeira.
"Urban Love Suite" (2014)
In this provocative narrative on love and loss, the stage sizzles as a series of duets confronts the joys, complexities, and vulnerable states of human interaction. One of the highlights features a spellbinding company number that's tells the story of one affair through varies perspectives simultaneously, set to the love ballad "Que Te Pedi" by La Lupe.
"Game of Rhythm" (work in progress)
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