Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre: My Past / Our Present

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Event Description

Ten contemporary dancers and nine jazz musicians, live on stage, explore themes of identity, immigration, dislocation and assimilation. 

This performance will include four new works as well as selections of the company's repertoire. The new works will include: 

  • ​"American Catracho" -- a piece that explores what it is like for immigrants to settle into a new homeland
  • "Sin Fronteras" -- a piece that celebrates diversity, set to music by Grammy nominee Clarice Assad that melds music from Latin and Central America with American jazz.
  • "The Process Takes a Lifetime" -- Set to music by CYSO jazz director Pharez Whitted, this piece explores the impact of the people and environment around us on who we become.
  • "Root: mwanzo wa mwili ni roho" -- Choreographed by Joe Cerqua and 3Arts award-winning choreographer Monique Haley, this piece explores the modern African American experience through traditional African modes. 


Dance Styles
Modern / Contemporary



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