Dimensions Dance Theater
April 13,14, 2018
Malonga Casquelourd Center, Oakland
45 Years of Excellence!
Latanya d. Tigner and her group, Dimensions Dance Theater, presented a moving program of works on Friday, April 13. The evening was a celebration of the 45 years of “producing, creating, performing and teaching dance that reflects the historical experiences, struggles and contemporary lives of African-Americans.” Alongside of Ms. Tigner, Deborah Vaughan, co-founder, provides continued artistic leadership.
Three works on the program offered a range of treatments of current social concerns. The first, “You Never Know,” choreographed by Ms. Tigner, was a series of episodes concerning homelessness. Apparently the dancers contributed to the stories, which were poignantly illustrated in movement and mime by dancers Macaiah Bell, Denice Simpson Braga, Laura Elaine Ellis, Marianna Hester, Bridgette Lott, Dorcas Mba and Valerie Sanders. This work and the one that followed, “Ain’t No Turning Back, “ a tribute to Harriet Tubman, 19th century abolitionist, are truly dance-dramas. Both works were beautifully and expressively produced.
A short film, produced by Oakland Cultural Arts, was shown before the finale. It was a splendid example of dance around various Oakland neighborhood sites.
The finale, “Dundundba” was joyous jazz/hip-hop event choreographed by Alseny Soumah. Live music accompanied the lively activity as flags waved and feet flew.
The audience stood and cheered. It was a terrific ending to an evening of celebration.
Joanna G. Harris