Deeply Rooted Dance Theater to Present GENERATIONS, 11/1
Deeply Rooted Dance Theater (DRDT), which creates world-class dance inspired by the African Diaspora in a community dedicated to nurturing artists, supporting human relationships and sharing common values through engaging in dance, kicks off Generations, a five-year multigenerational repertory project premiering November 1 at 8 p.m. at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park in Chicago.
Serving as Honorary Chair of the Generations Host Committee is Tony Award-winning and Emmy Award-nominated actress Phylicia Rashad. Said DRDT Artistic Director/Co-Founder Kevin Iega Jeff: "In 1979, I joined the original cast of Broadway's The Wiz, where I had the sheer pleasure of working in the chorus with Phylicia Rashad. She was an inspired example of talent, humility, professionalism, fun and grace, and in addition, she loves and appreciates the beauty and power of good dancing. Because of these qualities, we invited her to serve as Honorary Chair of our first Generations season and were thrilled when she accepted."
Generations underscores the company's impact on dance in Chicago and abroad and highlights the work of artists who have been part of the company's continuum. These artists include emerging choreographers mentored by experienced artistic leaders in the process of discovering their voices; established choreographers who have gained recognition and national and international acclaim; and legendary choreographers who have created a body of groundbreaking work and, as master teachers and choreographers, have trained and inspired others as well.