Chase the Diaspora

The Oakland-based bastion of African-American contemporary dance, Dimensions Dance Company, led for four decades by founder, artistic director, and principal choreographer Deborah Vaughan, celebrates its 40th year as a leader in the Black Arts Movement with a blockbuster program at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Central on the program is the world premiere of Rhythms of Life: Down the Congo Line, created by four choreographers — Hervé Makaya of Congo, Isaura Oliveira of Brazil, Jose Rojas of Cuba, and Latanya Tigner of New Orleans — each representing one leg of the diaspora of Congolese dance. In addition to Rhythms of Life, the company takes a journey through time with favorite repertory dating back to Dimensions co-founder Elendar Barnes's My People (1973) to works as recent as 2011's Catalyst: One by One, featuring music by the late Khalil Shaheed.

Sat., Oct. 5, 8 p.m., 2013
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