Y’all know a belle was talking about the Alabama Dance Festival a while ago? Well, we got to see two performances at the Wright Center at Samford University.
Brazz performed on Friday and EVIDENCE was on Saturday. Brazz fused Afro-Brazilian dance and intertwined it with hip hop at the end.
Augusto Soledade, the choreographer, explained that Brazilians are often very marginalized, which correlates to Hip Hop. “Cordel” was performed, which illustrated the marginalization through video and dance. Interestingly, the group fused dance, spoken word and hip hop dance for a nice finale.
Tamika and I enjoyed Brazz, but they got off to a slow start. We preferred the second half of the show to the first half.
On Saturday, we saw EVIDENCE. This dance group performed African dance alongside music by Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, and African artists. We really enjoyed the music and the choreography was creative.
The dances were filled with energy and quite emotional at times. Dancers shook their bodies as if overcome by something. One dance even infused the story of Harriet Jacobs, a slave girl. It was both powerful and brilliant, although at times I found it hard to follow. I commend the group for their ingenuity and passion, which was evident in their performance. Trust a belle when she says the audience was pleased.
We urge you ArtBLT’ers to go out and get your shimmy shimmy shake shake on! Hope to see you at the next dance event.