Black History Show: From These Roots, Massive Resistance, Highways and Byways, and Other Works – February


A historical journey through dance highlighting the emergence of African-Americans, conceived by Virginia Artist in Residency Roster Artist, Dr. Sheila A. Ward.

From These Roots is about the emergence of African-Americans as told through dance, spoken text and visual images. Although dance is a major feature of the show, it is not about the history of Black Dance in America. The dancing is used to embody the peculiarities of the African-American experience. In addition to dance, From These Roots features the works of visual artists such as Faith Ringgold, Elizabeth Catlett and James VanDerZee while addressing social issues. The performance includes a post show discussion. This exciting educational and entertaining performance features choreography by Dr. Glendola Yhema Mills, Parris Mann, Sheila A. Ward and Wayne St. David.

From These Roots is inspired by Dr. Sheila Ward’s dance research and residency activities called “From Africa to Hip-Hop,” which she has presented to hundreds of school students. Dr. Ward conducted the research, selected and created the text and staged the show. Alison M. Ward, Artist Educator, selected visual images reflecting the various historical moods and themes. Shawn-Lamere Willilams, Artistic Director of Eleone Dance Theatre, is the director of dance for the show. This show is great for classes in music, dance, art, English, history and social studies.