Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman

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.

 

 

PAST PERFORMANCES……

 

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

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