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Black Choreographers Festival 

When: Fri., Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m. and Sat., March 1, 7 p.m. 2014
Price: $10-$25
Celebrating ten years of arts, culture, dance, and discourse, the Black Choreographers Festival returns to Laney College Theater (900 Fallon St., Oakland) this weekend with bold-name choreographers who have Bay Area roots and national influence. The two nights’ programs vary slightly, but both include Dying While Black and Brown, created by San Francisco’s extraordinary choreographer-aerialist Joanna Haigood, and Portsha Jefferson’s Haitian-inspired Nasyon Dechennen! (Haitian Creole for “nation unleashed”), performed by Rara Tou Limen Haitian Dance Company. Friday opens with a pre-show screening of Upaj: Improvise, a documentary about Kathak master Pandit Chitresh Das and past BCF participant Jason Samuels Smith, and presents world premieres by Kendra Kimbrough Barnes and Gregory Dawson. Following a soul-food reception and a musical performance by Kev Choice, Saturday’s show adds an excerpt from Oakland native Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s red, black & GREEN: a blues and closes with a ceremony honoring the festival’s first decade of achievement.
— Claudia Bauer


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