‘Flow, an African American Arts Experience’ premieres next week

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Madeline Mitchell
| Cincinnati Enquirer

ArtsWave will kick off its newest performing arts series, “Flow, An African American Arts Experience,” with an internationally acclaimed dance troupe on Friday, Feb. 21, and Saturday, Feb. 22.

The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company will perform the first concert of the series at the Aronoff Center for the Arts.

The company is bringing “Retro/ACTIVE,” a program with four pieces, to Cincinnati audiences, the release states. Those pieces include:

  • “On the Wings of Angels”: A fitting tribute to the wartime efforts of the Tuskegee Airmen, choreographed by Warren Spears.
  • “Vespers”: A recreation of the spirit Ulysses Dove got from watching faithful women in church, dedicated to his grandmother.
  • “Indestructible”: A work describing the irrepressible resistance to injustice, choreographed by Abby Zbikowski.
  • “Num3r8tions”: A tribute to the Dayton Dance Company’s next 50 years, choreographed by Debbie Blunden-Diggs.

There will be a post-show dancer talk-back both nights.

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This is only the beginning of “Flow,” a new series announced by ArtsWave in November.

“ ‘Flow’ is a strategic undertaking for ArtsWave,” said president and CEO Alecia Kintner. “Our 10-year Blueprint for Collective Action in the arts sector has the goals of deepening the roots of Cincinnati residents, particularly African Americans, and bridging cultural divides. ‘Flow’ is one way that the arts are leading Cincinnati in becoming a more inclusive, future-oriented city.”

Other performances throughout 2020 will include Grammy-nominated vocalist Jazzmeia Horn, contemporary dancer Lil’ Bec with Jon Boogz and Grammy Award-winning Broadway performer Norm Lewis.

The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s “Retro/ACTIVE” will take place in the Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater on Feb. 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. You can purchase tickets online here.

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