On the weekend of February 20, 21 and 22, in celebration of Black History Month, Joel Hall Dancers & Center will debut a brand new dance experience — “Many Rivers to Cross” — at their studio location in Edgewater at 5965 North Clark Street.
Shows begin at 7 pm each night, and a donation of $15 to benefit the Chicago-based non-profit, is requested at the door.
“Many Rivers to Cross” is a multi-dimensional artistic and educational journey through Black History from the 1700’s to 2014 — and will be explored through song, dance, drama, spoken word, and various other visual artistic expressions. Audience members will travel throughout the studio space on “the Underground Railroad” and experience the many trials and tribulations of our African American ancestors, through authentic slave narratives and first-hand accounts and recollections.
Joel Hall Dancers & Center have invited some of the area’s most talented friends in the theater community to help bring this journey to life, including Miss Alexis Rogers, Lyrical Paradigm, Durel Sankofa, Deeply Rooted’s Mature Hot Women and Pre- Professionals, Studio One, Terry Francoise, Jessie Dean Stanford, Daniel Phillips, April Ship, Breon Arzell, SketchNTyme, Christopher Manning and many more.
“We look forward to welcoming the public for what will hope will be an exciting and provocative adventure,” said Dereque Whiturs, who has conceived of, and is choreographing, this unique experience. “We will also invite the audience to stay after the performances and actively engage as interactive participants in a dialogue about the circumstances of where we are as a country then and now … exploring what’s changed and what’s remains the same.”