Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet and Deeply Rooted Dance Theater Shares Stage at BAM Fisher in September
To celebrate their New York roots and historical connections, Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet (JGCO), celebrating its 25th anniversary, and Deeply Rooted Dance Theater (DRDT) share the stage at BAM Fisher September 13 and 14 for "Legacy," the first in a series of annual programs that celebrate, reaffirm, and reimagine the artistic continuum that was established by JUBILATION! Dance Company during the 1980s and early '90s in Brooklyn, New York.
"Legacy" is a shared evening featuring dancers cultivated and nurtured through processes developed by DRDT and JGCO. JGCO Founder/Director Jamel Gaines was mentored by DRDT Co-Founder and Artistic Director Kevin Iega Jeff as a member of Jeff's JUBILATION! Dance Company, which he directed prior to moving to Chicago and co-founding DRDT.
"'Legacy' reflects a longtime desire to begin seeding an annual collaboration of dance companies, artists, and cultural organizations that were inspired through JUBILATION!'s mission," said Jeff. "Specifically I mean artists, companies, and organizations dedicated to sharing creative consciousness in diverse communities without social limitations."
"I am humbled to collaborate with one of my great mentors, Kevin Iega Jeff, and DRDT," Gaines said. "'Legacy' is about having a voice that speaks to all people in a thought-provoking way to share spirituality, art, healing, and cultural empowerment. The African-American experience gives us a voice to continue our work, our 'legacy,' through art. Learning our history through art builds greater relationships and self-discipline that serves as a welcome reminder of personal growth."
DRDT performs one of Jeff's earliest works, Flack (1984), a portrait of strife, despair, and ultimately triumph, set to the music of legendary songstress Roberta Flack; DRDT Co-Founder and Associate Artistic Director Gary Abbott's Parallel Lives (2017), a contemporary narrative inspired by poor, working women who have shared life-changing events, both beautiful and tragic, with original music by Evangelos Spanos based on Vivaldi's "La Folia"; and Jeff's intimate and lush duet Wild is the Wind (2009), with music by Nina Simone.
JCGO performs three works by Founder/Director Gaines: the world premiere of Tribal Truth, which celebrates the festivities, tradition, and poetry of keeping traditional African dance alive, fused with hip-hop, ballet, and modern dance styles to the music of Fela Kuti; Shhh... Ahhh... (2004), about daydreaming in the mist of cool, sexy, sultry, summer breeze, with music by India Arie; and Hanging Tree (2019), a solo dedicated to the MAAFA, a Swahili word referring to "the great suffering" during the transatlantic slave trade, that demonstrates breaking psychological chains and living in a country where history is distorted and changed.
Advance tickets are $40 and are available now at 718-636-4100 ext. 1
and, after August 20, at bam.org; tickets are $45 at the door.
A $150 premium ticket includes the Friday, September 13 performance and Opening Night Post-Performance Reception.
All programming is subject to change.
For information about DRDT, visit deeplyrooteddancetheater.org.
For information about JGCO, visit jgcodance.org.
Premiering in 1996, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater (DRDT) is rooted in traditions of modern, contemporary and African dance, as well as storytelling, in universal themes that spark a visceral experience and ignite an emotional response in diverse audiences worldwide. Collaborating with nationally renowned choreographers across the spectrum of modern, ballet and African dance, DRDT presents work that reflects eclectic voices in contemporary life.
JGCO is considered one of Brooklyn's premier contemporary dance companies, best known for its riveting, thought-provoking and relatable repertory. The dance aesthetic encompasses classical, contemporary, modern, African, and hip-hop dance styles. For nearly 25 years, JGCO has assembled an extensive performance repertoire, with works presented across the United States and select international cities. The company merges rigorous classical and modern technique with African-American soul and spirit.
Photo Credit: Jerry Metellus