Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble Makes Kelly Strayhorn Theater Debut

By Shane Jordan on Feb 07, 2016 07:24 PM EST

Touring the world for more than 40 years, Denver-based company Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble will be performing at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater (KST) Friday and Saturday, February 19 and 20. The group's Pittsburgh debut will include favorite works from the company's repertory, along with its most recent work, Bamboula: Musicians' Brew by Millicent Johnnie. Tickets for the event are Pay What Makes You Happy, allowing audiences to pay any price to attend.

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble is an internationally acclaimed cross-cultural, dance-arts and educational institution rooted in African American traditions.

According to a recent press release touting their show at the KST in Pittsburgh February 19 and 20, the group will be performing several pieces meant to highlight its cross-cultural approach to creative community development:

"Set to live music by Charles Vincent Burwell, Bamboula: Musicians' Brew, Johnnie's complex exploration traverses the world of African survivals -- and excavates connections between the colorful traditions of the Mardi Gras Zulu Krewe and South Africa's Minstrel Carnival.

"Dry Each Others Tears in the Stillness of the Night, (YR) depicts Cleo Parker Robinson's early life, as told by her father -- Denver's first recognized African-American actor. Danced to traditional African music and popular artists like Public Enemy and Jackie Wilson, Tear charts the experiences of an interracial social-activist family during a highly intolerant time in American history."

The Cleo Parker Dance Ensemble take the KST's stage at 8 p.m. with the doors set to open at 7.

To get your Pay What Makes You Happy priced tickets to the show be sure to head on over to the KST's official website or call at (412) 363-3000.

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