Souls of Our Feet: People of Color Dance Festival at LIU Brooklyn’s Kumble, June 19-20
Fatima Kafele,Deputy Director of Public Relations
Long Island University
Brooklyn, N.Y. - Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center (THPAC), in association with LIU Brooklyn’s Kumble Theater, presents the annual Souls of Our Feet: People of Color Dance Festival, June 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. A mainstay on the New York dance landscape, the festival continues to provide a platform for dancers of color. LIU Brooklyn has served as the festival’s home since 1992.
This year, festival participants were asked to perform works that celebrate Black visual and written word artists of the past and present with a particular focus on gay/same gender loving writers. The festival opens June 19, with three up-and-coming choreographers, Tommie Waheed-Evans, Nijawwon Matthews and Lakai Worrell. On June 20, celebrated choreographers Gierre Godley, Roger C. Jeffrey and Malcolm Low will present new works.
Kumble Theater is located on Flatbush Avenue between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Street. Tickets are $15/$12 (students and seniors). To purchase tickets, call the Kumble Theater box office at (718) 488-1624 or visit www.kumbletheater.org. For more information about the festival, visit www.thelmahill.com.
About Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center (THPAC)
The Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center (THPAC) was founded 37 years ago to support the creative ideas of choreographers and dance companies of color. The mission of the organization is to offer performance opportunities to artists so they can share their work with diverse communities; furnish rehearsal and "incubation" space for choreographers and dancers, and serve as a bridge between artists and the community.
Over the years, THPAC has supported and attracted emerging and established dance artists of color who seek out the organization’s experimental, yet historically
aware environment. THPAC has become a viable institution for communities that have traditionally celebrated and reflected on their social and cultural issues through the rituals of music, dance, literature, and performance.
THPAC’s founder Larry Phillips began working as a dance therapist in Brooklyn at a community center that sponsored children's education and support programs for single parents attending New York Technical College. The programs were the forerunner of THPAC. In 1977, he renamed the organization after his deceased but renowned and highly influential teacher, Thelma Hill. Ms. Hill is remembered as a positive force in the dance world of New York City and beyond. She also danced with the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and the historically significant New York Negro Ballet Company. She was a member of the dance faculty at the American Dance Festival and devoted herself to teaching dance most notably at the Clark Center. She died tragically in a fire in November 1977, but her passion in nurturing talent lives on in the organization that proudly bears her name.
LIU Brooklyn is distinguished by…
dynamic curricula reflecting the great urban community it serves. Distinctive programs encompass the arts and media, the natural sciences, business, social policy, urban education, the health professions and pharmacy, and include the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, the D.P.T. in Physical Therapy and the Pharm.D. in Pharmacy. A vibrant urban oasis in downtown Brooklyn, this diverse and thriving campus offers academic excellence, personalized attention, small class size and flexible course schedules. In 2006, a $45-million Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center was opened to serve the Campus and the surrounding community. In 2007, the Cyber Café was launched, providing a high-tech hot spot for students and faculty members to meet and eat.
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