Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman

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Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman is a beautiful story of a courageous woman’s determination to free her people from slavery through the Underground Railroad. She was one of America’s first liberated women of color, who fought against all odds for the sake of freedom and equality. This production brings light to the incredible accomplishments of Harriet Tubman, the anti-slavery activist.

Desert Dance Theatre’s artistic directors, Marion Kirk Jones, Renee Davis, and Lisa R. Chow created Sister Moses, along with music director, John D. Anthony. The concept and much of the work was researched collaboratively with the help of Susan Smith, director of String Sounds (quartet). The script is embellished with traditional spirituals, slave songs and other music of that time around the Civil War Era.

Since the production’s premiere at the Herberger Theater Center in January of 1993, Sister Moses has been performed in various sold out venues throughout the Phoenix area including: Chandler Center for the Arts, Gammage Auditorium, Paradise Valley Community College, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, South Mountain Community College; and at several high schools. The company’s out of state performances include venues in Las Vegas, Nevada and Austin, Texas. Over 100,000 audience members of all ages have enjoyed the experience of Sister Moses.

This powerful dance drama features Desert Dance Theatre with Renee Davis as Harriet Tubman, dramatic narration by Renee Morgan Brooks, African drumming and music direction by Step Raptis, accompaniment by String Sounds and traditional spirituals sung by a choral ensemble featuring baritone soloist, Greg Dansby. The unique blend of this 45-minute multidisciplinary presentation highlights the most important episodes of Harriet Tubman’s life.

Sister Moses is a valuable educational tool in bringing this period of American History alive. It shares the knowledge and experience of the struggles and accomplishments of Harriet Tubman that will bring a source of inspiration to students and adults alike. The program follows Tubman’s life as a young slave on a Southern Plantation, her attempts to escape slavery, her work on the Underground Railroad, and her contributions to the Abolitionist movement. Slave songs from that period are featured for their significance as a means of passing information among the slaves. Hidden in the lyrics were vital escape details.

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* The Sister Moses Residency and Performances are supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, contact Desert Dance Theatre at 480-962-4584 or info@DesertDanceTheatre.org or visit our website: www.DesertDanceTheatre.org.

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Upcoming Performances

  • Show Low Auditorium, 500 W. Old Linden Road, Show Low, AZ 85901
    • Thursday, January 25, 2018
      • School Shows ~ 9:00am-10:00am, 10:45am-11:45am
      • Evening Show ~ 6:30pm-8:30pm

SM Letter 2017 Show Low     Sister Moses Description

SM Reservation Form 2017 Show Low

  • Paradise Valley Community College, Center for the Performing Arts, 18401 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ  85032
    • Friday, February 23, 2018
      • Time and Details TBA
  • Trevor G. Browne Auditorium, 7402 W Catalina Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85033
    • Thursday, March 22, 2018 ~ Evening Show ~ 6:30pm-8:30pm
    • Friday, March 23, 2018 ~ School Shows ~ 9:30am-10:30am, 11:15am-12:15pm

SM Letter 2017 Chavez-Browne    Sister Moses Description

SM Reservation Form 2017 Chavez:Browne

  • The evening shows will include an opening performance of repertory by Desert Dance Theatre plus school and community performances. After intermission, the second half of the evening performance will feature Sister Moses.

Sister Moses promises to be educational, artistic, inspiring and up-lifting.

 

FROM RAISING ARIZONA KIDS ~

“Students explore history through dance”

By Lynn Trimble | January 29, 2013

http://www.raisingarizonakids.com/2013/01/students-explore-history-through-dance/

 

METROFOCUS

Harriet Tubman: The Moses of Her People

http://www.pbs.org/video/metrofocus-harriet-tubman-moses-her-people/

 

 

 

PAST PERFORMANCES……

25th Anniversary of SISTER MOSES: The Story of Harriet Tubman

Sunday, January 15, 2017 ~ 7:00pm

 Chandler Center for the Arts

250 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, AZ

$25 General, $20 Seniors, $15 Students, $13 Groups of 10+, Friends & Members of DDT, ADC, APA, AzDEO

CCA Box Office: 480-782-2680

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE 

DONATE TO SISTER MOSES PROJECT FUND

PRESS RELEASE

SISTER MOSES PROMO VIDEO

In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, Desert Dance Theatre presents “The 25th Anniversary of Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman” on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 7:00pm at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, AZ. The first half of the program begins at 7:00pm, opening with Desert Dance Theatre repertory, including “Marco’s Swing,” choreographed by Lisa R. Chow with original music by Step Raptis; two dances as a tribute to Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” performed by Renee Davis and “Spreadin’ Rhythm Around” performed by the company; and a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “We’re On The Move” (excerpt from Desert Dance Theatre’s “FREE AT LAST”).

We are honored and pleased to have special guest performances by two of the Valley’s Finest Treasures from the World of Jazz Music, Dennis Roland and Charles Lewis.

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Gracing the stage will be jazz vocalist, Dennis RowlandThis Detroit native and Phoenix, Arizona resident was the voice of the world-renowned Count Basie Orchestra between 1977 and 1984, where he shared the stage with Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Joe Williams and Tony Bennett. He is also featured on the Basie Band’s Grammy award-winning record “On the Road.” (http://www.dennisrowland.com)

 

 

Energetic, screenshot2014-09-06at10-52-29amcreative, and unforgettable…all words that describe Phoenix piano legend Charles Lewis. Named the first jazz-category inductee to the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame, Lewis began performing on the piano at church functions when he was just seven years old. In 1953, he moved from Philadelphia to Arizona to attend Arizona State University, and he started performing in 1954 at the 7th Avenue Elks Club jams. He played with several bands before forming the Charles Lewis Quintet. http://mimmusictheater.themim.org/charles-lewis-legacy-quintet-presented-mim-nash

 

After intermission, Desert Dance Theatre presents its featured performance of “Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman” for the show’s 25th season. This production is a beautiful story of a courageous woman’s determination to free her people from slavery through the Underground Railroad.  She was one of America’s first liberated women of color, who fought against all odds for the sake of freedom and equality. Our goal in producing this program is to bring light to the incredible accomplishments of the anti-slavery activist, Harriet Tubman.

This powerful music / dance / drama features Desert Dance Theatre with Renee Davis as Harriet Tubman, dramatic narration / voice of Harriet by Renee Morgan Brooks, African drumming and music direction by Step Raptis, accompaniment by the Sister Moses String Quartet and traditional spirituals sung by the Sister Moses Choral Ensemble, featuring baritone soloist, Greg Dansby. The unique blend of this 45-minute multidisciplinary presentation highlights the most important episodes of Harriet Tubman’s life, and shares the knowledge and experience of her struggles and accomplishments that will bring a source of inspiration to our audience.

The program follows Tubman’s life as a young slave on a Southern Plantation, her attempts to escape slavery, her work on the Underground Railroad, and her contributions to the Abolitionist movement. Slave songs from that period are featured for their significance as a means of passing information among the slaves. Hidden in the lyrics were vital escape details.

Sister Moses brings history to life through music, dance and drama. Sister Moses is entertaining, educational and truly inspirational!

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This performance is made possible by support from the City of Chandler’s Event Sponsorship Funding Program and other sponsors.

Desert Dance Theatre is a contemporary dance company known for its diverse modern dance repertory, interdisciplinary collaborations, and major thematic productions which address important historical as well as current issues.

Don’t miss this exciting performance of music, dance and drama! 

For more information contact Desert Dance Theatre at 480-962-4584 or go to www.DesertDanceTheatre.org.

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Download: Sister Moses Description Page

 

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FROM RAISING ARIZONA KIDS ~ 

“Students explore history through dance”

By Lynn Trimble | January 29, 2013

http://www.raisingarizonakids.com/2013/01/students-explore-history-through-dance/

 

SISTER MOSES VIDEO CLIPS:

Opening Solo & Cotton Picking (Excerpts)
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hvizBSzjsns

Harriet at the Auction
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zBUkcghMg4c

Harriet & Quakers
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JHaCTXsPvPk

Motherless Child
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7RgZ9tfvyx0

 

 

 

QUESTIONS? Contact Lisa@DesertDanceTheatre.org or call 480-962-4584.

Performance Date and Location

 

MATINEE PERFORMANCE:

March 1, 2016 (Tuesday 10:15am)

Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman
Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N Arizona Avenue, Chandler, Arizona

Matinees are available by reservations only through DDT. Cost: $5.00 Students, $5 Adults, Two free Chaperone/Teachers per group of 25 Students.

Desert Dance Theatre: 480-962-4584 or www.DesertDanceTheatre.org

 

Downloadable Reservation Forms:

Sister Moses Description

SM Letter 2016

SM Reservation Form 2016 PDF

 

 

“Students explore history through dance”

FROM RAISING ARIZONA KIDS

By Lynn Trimble | January 29, 2013

http://www.raisingarizonakids.com/2013/01/students-explore-history-through-dance/

QUESTIONS? Contact Lisa@DesertDanceTheatre.org or call 480-962-4584.

 

 

 

 

EVENING PUBLIC PERFORMANCE:

January 29, 2015 (Thursday 7:00pm)

6:00pm Pre-show Event (Entertainment, vendors, food, etc.)
Pre-show Food by South Chandler Self-Help Foundation.
Menu: BBQ chicken, potato salad, green salad, baked beans, banana pudding, etc.
Recommended! Food Reservation: (480) 227-9706 (call or text).
Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman
Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N Arizona Avenue, Chandler, Arizona
$15 Adults, $12 Seniors, $10 Students, $8 Groups 10+/ADC/APA/AzDEO

PURCHASE TICKETS: CCA Box Office 480-782-2680

Desert Dance Theatre: 480-962-4584 or www.DesertDanceTheatre.org

Advertising/Vendor Opportunities:

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Sister Moses Celebrates 23 Years!


Desert Dance Theatre presents “Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman” for its 23rd Season on January 29, 2015 at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, AZ. The pre-show event opens at 6:00pm in the Foyer with vendors, entertainment and food. Food will be offered by South Chandler Self-Help Foundation to benefit their educational and community programs. The main stage presentation begins at 7:00pm, featuring special guest performance by Axe Capoeira Arizona (http://www.axecapoeira-az.com/) and other local performers. The main featured performance of Sister Moses will follow after intermission.

“Sister Moses” is a beautiful story of a courageous woman’s determination to free her people from slavery through the Underground Railroad. She was one of America’s first liberated woman of color, who fought against all odds for the sake of freedom and equality. This powerful dance drama features Desert Dance Theatre with Renee Davis as Harriet Tubman, dramatic narration by Renee Morgan Brooks, African drumming and music direction by Step Raptis, accompaniment by a string quartet and traditional spirituals sung by a choral ensemble featuring baritone soloist, Gregory Dansby. Community talent in the production will include dance students from local colleges, Chandler High School, Bologna Elementary and other Chandler schools will perform along with the professional cast. “Sister Moses” promises to entertain and enlighten its audiences.

Desert Dance Theatre is a contemporary dance company known for its diverse modern dance repertory, interdisciplinary collaborations, and major thematic productions which address important historical as well as current issues.

Don’t miss this exciting performance of music, dance and drama!

Questions? For concert information contact Desert Dance Theatre, 480-962-4584 or go to www.DesertDanceTheatre.org.

 

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Gateway to the Arts XVII

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Gateway to the Arts XVII

November 2, 2017 (3:30pm-4:30pm) Gateway to the Arts XVII   Gateway Community College, 108 N. 40th Street Phoenix, Arizona 85034 Integrated Education Building, Copper Room/IE 1302 Cost: Free Admission Details: Desert Dance Theatre, Step’s Junk Funk & Crossroads Performance Group performs a variety of dances from its current repertory with audience participation. Info: Donald Hall at hall@gatewaycc.edu...

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Herberger Festival of the Arts

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Herberger Festival of the Arts

November 4, 2017 (11:30am-5:00pm) 8th Annual Herberger Theater Festival of the Arts Herberger Theater Center ~ Center Stage, 222 E. Monroe Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004 Festival of the Arts Cost: FREE ADMISSION Celebrating the Arts in our Community! The seventh annual Festival of the Arts celebrates the arts with performances, dance, food, visual art, live music, children’s activities, film shorts, pet adoptions and more! Admission is FREE. Desert Dance Theatre, Step’s Junk Funk and Crossroads Performance Group perform at 12:00pm-12:20pm on Center...

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“Celebrating Universal Tagore”

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“Celebrating Universal Tagore”

November 4, 2017 (4:00pm-6:00pm) Akshaybhasha presents “Celebrating Universal Tagore”   Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 North 3rd Street, Phoenix 85004. Tickets: $15, VIP Tickets 2 for $100 donation. RSVP Now: https://tugoz.com/akshaybhasha/ Contact information: akshaybhasha@cox.net Ravindranath Tagore won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1913. “Celebrating Universal Tagore” is multicultural program highlighting the charm/magic/fact of being American, bringing artists from different communities together using the universal literature of Ravindranath Tagore! ‘Chitta jeth bhayashunyo’ …’ where the mind is without fear…’ is an inspirational poem written by Tagore in early 1900s seems to be relevant in 21st century as well, making his literature not only universal but timeless! Knowing Tagore as a poet, as a playwright, as a philosopher, as a storyteller means lightening your heart and enlightening your mind! Come to enjoy this unique presentation of art that proclaims beauty, joy and peace through dance-drama, a short play, a speech on Tagore’s literature, Ravindra Sangeet (music) and poetry through dance!  This program intends to put forth Tagore’s literature using an international canvas. The various performers bring their artistic heritage from different countries such as China, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Bangladesh and India. One of the program selections “Lotus” will feature a dance on film collaboration, created by Lisa R. Chow (Dancer/Choreographer), Step Raptis (Music Composer), Elizabeth Nelson (Film Director), and Yayu Khoe (Poetry Reader/Singer/Pianist). Special thanks to Chris Winters and The David & Gladys Wright House...

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Dia de los Muertos Celebration at Desert Botanical Gardens

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Dia de los Muertos Celebration at Desert Botanical Gardens

  November 4-5, 2017 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | La Procesión 5 – 6:30 p.m) Dia de los Muertos Celebration   Desert Botanical Gardens, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, Arizona 85008 Info: https://www.dbg.org/events/dia-de-los-muertos-celebration-0 Promo Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zULjga2iHrI&feature=youtu.be Cost: Entrance is included with paid Garden admission or Membership.   Desert Dance Theatre participates as Katrin, Katrina and Calacotes during La Procesión.   Celebrate Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, at the Garden during this two day family-oriented festival filled with music, dance, and storytelling that explore the beauty and symbols of this special holiday. This colorful tradition, celebrated throughout the American Southwest, Latin America, and Mexico, honors departed loved ones in a festive setting. In addition to enjoying live entertainment, families can browse the Mercado, make and add paper flowers to the Community Altar, and enjoy delicious food. Enjoy delicious food and browse the Mercado filled with art, jewelry, and other wares. At the end of each day, families are encouraged to participate in La...

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Discount Tire Free Family Weekend: Pairs @ Phoenix Art Museum

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Discount Tire Free Family Weekend: Pairs @ Phoenix Art Museum

Saturday-Sunday, November 11-12, 2017 (1:00pm & 2:00pm) Discount Tire Free Family Weekend: Pairs   Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85004-1685 Info: (602) 257-1880 or http://www.phxart.org FREE TO THE PUBLIC Join us on the second weekend of each month for a whirlwind of great art and hands-on activities. Through the generosity of Discount Tire Company, the Museum offers free general admission on the second weekend of each month, with exciting activities, scavenger hunts, live performances, story time, free tours, and more. Each Discount Tire Free Family Weekend features an opportunity to learn about and make art with a featured local Valley artist, from muralists to dancers and more. Free and open to the public on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon – 5 p.m. Lisa R. Chow and Step Raptis of Desert Dance Theatre performs Step’s Junk Funk and Crossroads Performance Group Repertory to show the theme of “PAIRS” using everyday objects as musical accompaniment with choreography. Audience participation is encouraged. Two 20-minute presentations starting at 1:00pm and...

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2017 ADE’s MEGA Conference “A World Of Opportunities”

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2017 ADE’s MEGA Conference “A World Of Opportunities”

November 15-16, 2017  2017 Arizona Department of Education’s MEGA Conference “A World Of Opportunities”   The Wigwam Resort & Conference Center, 300 East Wigwam Blvd. Litchfield Park, AZ 85340 Info: http://www.azed.gov/megaconf/   This conference will provide workshops and keynote presentations sharing important strategies and resources on implementing Title I programs and services with the transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), as well as provide networking opportunities for school leaders and opportunities to highlight and celebrate effective practices and the children we serve. Wednesday, November 15th is Partnership Expo Day. Our not-for-profit partners will also be on hand to share information on resources available for Title I schools. Additionally, throughout the 2 days of the conference, the ADE will proudly showcase Arizona student works in the Arts and STEAM. Arizona Dance Coalition, Desert Dance Theatre, Step’s Junk Funk and Crossroads Performance Group will be exhibitors in the EXPO Exhibit...

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22nd Annual Hometown Holiday Boutique in Buckeye, AZ

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22nd Annual Hometown Holiday Boutique in Buckeye, AZ

December 2, 2017 (9:00am-4:00pm)  22nd Annual Hometown Holiday Boutique    Sundance Crossings, 21699 W. Yuma, Buckeye AZ 85326 Info: 623-349-6350 or recreation@buckeyeaz.gov   Come join the City of Buckeye Community Services Department for a one?stop shop local experience and a bit of family fun at the Annual Hometown Holiday Boutique from 9am?4pm. Over 75 vendors will be showcasing their unique prized creations of art. Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Face Painting, Pictures with Santa, Handmade Crafts, Local Artisans, Food Vendors, Entertainment and More… Holiday Entertainment for Everyone! Step Raptis will be the Guest Emcee! 9am-10am  Desert West Dance Academy 10am Santa Arrival 10:15-1045am Odyssey Institute Company Jr 11am – 12pm Step’s Junk Funk 12:15pm – 1:15 pm AZ Dynasty Cheer & Dance 1:30pm-2pm Odyssey Institute Concert Choir 2pm-3pm  Miguel Rodriquez Guitarist with Step Raptis Percussionist 3pm-4pm  Danzarte Ballet Folkloria and...

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Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman ~ Show Low

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Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman ~ Show Low

PROMO VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/195076754 Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman Show Low Auditorium 500 W. Old Linden Road, Show Low, AZ 85901 Thursday, January 25, 2018 School Shows ~ 9:00am-10:00am, 10:45am-11:45am Evening Show ~ 6:30pm-8:30pm SM Letter 2017 Show Low     Sister Moses Description SM Reservation Form 2017 Show Low Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman is a beautiful story of a courageous woman’s determination to free her people from slavery through the Underground Railroad. She was one of America’s first liberated women of color, who fought against all odds for the sake of freedom and equality. This production brings light to the incredible accomplishments of Harriet Tubman, the anti-slavery activist. Desert Dance Theatre’s artistic directors, Marion Kirk Jones, Renee Davis, and Lisa R. Chow created Sister Moses, along with music director, John D. Anthony. The concept and much of the work was researched collaboratively with the help of Susan Smith, director of String Sounds (quartet). The script is embellished with traditional spirituals, slave songs and other music of that time around the Civil War Era. Since the production’s premiere at the Herberger Theater Center in January of 1993, Sister Moses has been performed in various sold out venues throughout the Phoenix area including: Chandler Center for the Arts, Gammage Auditorium, Paradise Valley Community College, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, South Mountain Community College; and at several high schools. The company’s out of state performances include venues in Las Vegas, Nevada and Austin, Texas. Over 100,000 audience members of all ages have enjoyed the experience of Sister Moses. This powerful dance drama features Desert Dance Theatre with Renee Davis as Harriet Tubman, dramatic narration by Renee Morgan Brooks, African drumming and music direction by Step Raptis, accompaniment by String Sounds and traditional spirituals sung by a choral ensemble featuring baritone soloist, Greg Dansby. The unique blend of this 45-minute multidisciplinary presentation highlights the most important episodes of Harriet Tubman’s life. Sister Moses is a valuable educational tool in bringing this period of American History alive. It shares the knowledge and experience of the struggles and accomplishments of Harriet Tubman that will bring a source of inspiration to students and adults alike. The program follows Tubman’s life as a young slave on a Southern Plantation, her attempts to escape slavery, her work on the Underground Railroad, and her contributions to the Abolitionist movement. Slave songs from that period are featured for their significance as a means of passing information among the slaves. Hidden in the lyrics were vital escape details.* The Sister Moses Residency and Performances are made possible by sponsorship from the Show Low Unified School District, supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts, and from donors and various sponsors. For more information, contact Desert Dance Theatre at 480-962-4584 or info@DesertDanceTheatre.org or visit our website: www.DesertDanceTheatre.org. Sister Moses promises to be educational, artistic, inspiring and up-lifting.  ____________________________________________________________________  FROM RAISING ARIZONA KIDS ~ “Students explore history through dance” By Lynn Trimble | January 29, 2013 http://www.raisingarizonakids.com/2013/01/students-explore-history-through-dance/ ____________________________________________________________________ METROFOCUS Harriet Tubman: The Moses of Her People http://www.pbs.org/video/metrofocus-harriet-tubman-moses-her-people/ ____________________________________________________________________   SISTER MOSES VIDEO CLIPS: Opening Solo & Cotton Picking (Excerpts) http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hvizBSzjsns Harriet at the Auction http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zBUkcghMg4c Harriet & Quakers http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JHaCTXsPvPk Motherless Child http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7RgZ9tfvyx0    ...

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Sister Moses Residency & Performances ~ West Phoenix

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Sister Moses Residency & Performances ~ West Phoenix

PROMO VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/195076754 Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman Trevor G. Browne Auditorium 7402 W Catalina Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85033 Thursday, March 22, 2018 ~ Evening Show ~ 6:30pm-8:30pm Friday, March 23, 2018 ~ School Shows ~ 9:30am-10:30am, 11:15am-12:15pm SM Letter 2017 Chavez-Browne    Sister Moses Description SM Reservation Form 2017 Chavez:Browne Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman is a beautiful story of a courageous woman’s determination to free her people from slavery through the Underground Railroad. She was one of America’s first liberated women of color, who fought against all odds for the sake of freedom and equality. This production brings light to the incredible accomplishments of Harriet Tubman, the anti-slavery activist. Desert Dance Theatre’s artistic directors, Marion Kirk Jones, Renee Davis, and Lisa R. Chow created Sister Moses, along with music director, John D. Anthony. The concept and much of the work was researched collaboratively with the help of Susan Smith, director of String Sounds (quartet). The script is embellished with traditional spirituals, slave songs and other music of that time around the Civil War Era. Since the production’s premiere at the Herberger Theater Center in January of 1993, Sister Moses has been performed in various sold out venues throughout the Phoenix area including: Chandler Center for the Arts, Gammage Auditorium, Paradise Valley Community College, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, South Mountain Community College; and at several high schools. The company’s out of state performances include venues in Las Vegas, Nevada and Austin, Texas. Over 100,000 audience members of all ages have enjoyed the experience of Sister Moses. This powerful dance drama features Desert Dance Theatre with Renee Davis as Harriet Tubman, dramatic narration by Renee Morgan Brooks, African drumming and music direction by Step Raptis, accompaniment by String Sounds and traditional spirituals sung by a choral ensemble featuring baritone soloist, Greg Dansby. The unique blend of this 45-minute multidisciplinary presentation highlights the most important episodes of Harriet Tubman’s life. Sister Moses is a valuable educational tool in bringing this period of American History alive. It shares the knowledge and experience of the struggles and accomplishments of Harriet Tubman that will bring a source of inspiration to students and adults alike. The program follows Tubman’s life as a young slave on a Southern Plantation, her attempts to escape slavery, her work on the Underground Railroad, and her contributions to the Abolitionist movement. Slave songs from that period are featured for their significance as a means of passing information among the slaves. Hidden in the lyrics were vital escape details.* The Sister Moses Residency and Performances are made possible by sponsorship from the Phoenix Union High School District, supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts, and from donors and various sponsors. For more information, contact Desert Dance Theatre at 480-962-4584 or info@DesertDanceTheatre.org or visit our website: www.DesertDanceTheatre.org. Sister Moses promises to be educational, artistic, inspiring and up-lifting.  ____________________________________________________________________  FROM RAISING ARIZONA KIDS ~ “Students explore history through dance” By Lynn Trimble | January 29, 2013 http://www.raisingarizonakids.com/2013/01/students-explore-history-through-dance/ ____________________________________________________________________ METROFOCUS Harriet Tubman: The Moses of Her People http://www.pbs.org/video/metrofocus-harriet-tubman-moses-her-people/ ____________________________________________________________________ SISTER MOSES VIDEO CLIPS: Opening Solo & Cotton Picking (Excerpts) http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hvizBSzjsns Harriet at the Auction http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zBUkcghMg4c Harriet & Quakers http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JHaCTXsPvPk Motherless Child http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7RgZ9tfvyx0   QUESTIONS?...

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6th Annual Dia de los Muertos Phx Festival

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6th Annual Dia de los Muertos Phx Festival

October 29, 2017 (12:00pm-6:00pm) 6th Annual Dia de los Muertos Phx Festival Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85012 Info: http://diadelosmuertosphx.com Cost: Free The Dia de los Muertos Phx Festival is an interactive, multi-generational, and participatory cultural immersion event blending traditional Mexican experiences with a twist of Southwestern flavor. The festival aims to instill a sense of history, pride and knowledge about our multicultural roots to the community at large through culturally relevant programming and activities. Presented by Cultural Coalition, the festival takes disappearing folk traditions and reinterprets them, creating new and innovative ways to address important social issues, while encouraging collaborations between local institutions and community artists. The festival features traditional music and dance by local performers, children’s activities, folk arts and crafts, ethnic food, community altar, and a candle light procession. 3:00pm-4:00pm Desert Dance Theatre performs as Katrin & Katrina, and 5:00pm as Los Calacotes for the...

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