Donald McKayle Legacy Staging at the University of Utah
Fall Dance Concert 1
Sept. 29th - Oct. 1st & Oct. 6th - 8th
Marriott Center for Dance on the University of Utah
Irishia is set to stage Donald McKayle's classic work, Songs of the Disinherited, for the University of Utah's School of Dance. The work will premiere in Fall Concert 1 in October.
Songs of the Disinherited is one of Donald McKayle’s heritage masterworks. It examines and speaks deeply of varied aspects of the Black Diaspora in the New World. The work was choreographed in 1972 for the Inner City Repertory Dance Company of Los Angeles and since than has entered the repertories of the Lula Washington Dance Theatre, and the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble among others.
Portland Dance Film Fest
October 7th @ 7pm | Whitsell Auditorium
We begin this year’s festival with a line-up of 13 films from Canada, the UK, Italy, France, and the US. Many of these films share perspectives on what we are facing, questioning, processing, and healing in our personal and collective bodies. Picks 1 begins on Portland’s own 82nd Avenue and closes on a dusky cliffside with a poem. In between we are shown stories that explore whimsy, repression, human and land, unification, immigration, and coming of age. With almost half of these films as solos, we are reminded of the time of alone-ness we are both coming out of and continuing to be with. We share these stories with respect and a hope that they will remind our audience that to witness someone’s story is an act of together-ness. Picks 1 runs 92 minutes with a 15 minute intermission.