ELEVATE CHICAGO DANCE - ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Elevate 2018 Artists
Deeply Rooted Dance Theater
Sidney R. Yates Gallery
South African choreographer Fana Tshabalala invokes resilience and healing in the face of unresolved apartheid politics. Followed by a discussion with artistic director Kevin Iega Jeff.
Joshua L. Ishmon, Dominique Atwood and Pierre Clark
Choreography: Fana Tshabalala
Music: Nicolas Aphane
About the Piece
In July 2017 South African choreographer Fana Tshabalala completed a three-week residency with Deeply Rooted Dance Theater to create an American-focused adaptation of his work INDUMBA, created to illuminate the perpetual impact of apartheid politics in his native South Africa. “Indumba” means African healing hut, and is a work of stirring resilience and reconciliation.
About the Artist
Kevin Iega Jeff, Co-Founder & Executive/Artistic Director
Gary Abbott, Co-Founder & Associate Artistic/Production Director
Nicole Clarke-Springer, Dance Education Director
Joshua L. Ishmon, DRDT Rehearsal/ Emerging Choreographers Showcase Director
Sarah Lackner & Dustin Derry, Production Management, Stonewolf Studios, Inc.
About Deeply Rooted Dance Theater
The mission of Deeply Rooted Dance Theater (DRDT) is to re-imagine and diversify the aesthetics of contemporary dance by bringing together modern, classical, American and African-American traditions in dance and storytelling. Through its uncompromising pursuit of excellence, DRDT seeks to demonstrate how art and beauty play a transformative role in Chicago, the nation and the world.
Through engaging in dance, DRDT is a creative community dedicated to nurturing artists, supporting human relationships, and sharing common values.
We believe art is fundamental in forming community.
We pursue excellence—nurturing individual brilliance and authentic voices.
We recognize the relationship between the aesthetic and the political: the impact of art on society, therefore we hold ourselves accountable for our vision and strive to be ethical both in our art and our lives.
We realize that sound financial management enables growth; we aim to provide the conditions that support our dancers and staff in achieving this.
We commit ourselves to constructive and compassionate communication when in the midst of conflict.
We find joy in working together, creating beauty, and being.