FREE - no tickets neccesary
Join the Department of Dance on Thursday, February 25th and Saturday, February 27th at 7 pm in the Barnett Theatre as we celebrate the efforts of the Brazil Tour Group who will share dances they have learned in preparation for their upcoming tour in March 2016. Susan Hadley, Chair of the OSU Department of Dance, leads a group of eleven OSU Dancers to Salvador, Brazil to perform, study and engage in cultural exchange activities. They will perform in schools, childcare centers, a police station and two professional performing arts venues. Prior to their departure they will also perform for local schools here in Columbus.
The repertory of eleven works curated by Susan Hadley ranges from faculty to student work. These dances emphasize a shared history with Brazil: the diaspora of West African dance and music through the forced migration to the Americas through the slave trade. This history created different art forms in the two countries, derived from many of the same cultural roots. Thus the dance repertory includes jazz, hip-hop, the Charleston and tap, as well as contemporary dance performed to American jazz, bluegrass, rock and folk music.
Hadley is an inaugural recipient of a Ratner Distinguished Teaching Award in the Arts and Humanities, which provided seed monies for this exciting initiative in international education.