Clayton Center and Carpetbag Theatre present Urbana de Danca

April 12, 2014 - April 13, 2014
Event By: Clayton Center for the Arts Address: 502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway Maryville, TN 37804 Email: info@claytonartscenter.com Phone: (865) 981-8590

Founded in Brazil in 2004 by dancer Tiago Sousa and choreographer and Artistic Director Sonia Destri Lie, Companhia Urbana de Dança is an ensemble of street performers working to foster the human experience through dance. Destri's experiences traveling through Europe for work in theater, films exposed her to hip-hop and b-boy techniques. Highly influenced by Brazilian street forms, she began to integrate these techniques into her already established contemporary movement sensibility. Pulling from the favelas of Rio where many of her company members grew up, Companhia Urbana de Dança aims to transcend cultural boundaries, while showcasing eclectic skill sets. ~ This company, some of whose dancers come from the infamous favelas of Rio de Janeiro, is a powerful argument for the necessity of arts education, accessibility, and of course, funding. ~Janine Parker, Boston Globe, July 2013 ~ With nothing to lose, the dancers take hip hop movement, mix it with the beat of Brazilian salsa and capoiera, and thread it through the discipline imposed by choreographer Sonia Destri Lie, to demonstrate the power they’ve each assumed through dance. ~ Martha Sherman- Danceviewtimes Writer, July 2013 This tour of Companhia Urbana de Danca is made possible through Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation. The grant award was made to The Carpetbag Theatre of Knoxville Tennessee. The Carpetbag Theatre, Inc. (CBT), founded in 1969 and chartered in 1970, is a professional, multigenerational ensemble company dedicated to the production of new works. Our mission is to give artistic voice to the issues and dreams of people who have been silenced by racism, classism, sexism, ageism, homophobia and other forms of oppression. CBT serves communities by returning their stories to them with honesty, dignity, and concern for the aesthetic of that particular community, helping culturally specific communities to re-define how they organize. Performances April 12 @ 8:00 pm April 13 @ 4:00 pm

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