Cleo Parker Robinson:
The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College celebrates 50 years of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance. In honor of the 2021 Martin Luther King Day Celebrations, we are honored to share this recording of “The MOVE/ment,” a work inspired by a trip to Montgomery, Alabama by members of CPR Dance. It is a piece about the Civil Rights Movement that invites us all to ask what Civil Rights mean to us in the present day.
Join us on FAC Connect on February 9 for an online conversation about “The MOVE/ment” as well as the broader history and future of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance with members of the company.
The MOVE/ment (World Premiere 2019)
I. Turbulent Times
Music: “Tears for Johannesburg” by Max Roach
II. Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ’Round
Music: “Wade In the Water” & “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ’Round
III. Father to Son: A Changes is Gonna Come
Music: “A Change is Gonna Come” by Brian Owens and Thomas Owens
IV. Healing Waters
Music: “By the Waters of Babylon” by Bette Middler and Milt Abel
V. We Rise
Music: “We Rise” by Groove Junkies and Opolopo featuring Solara
VI. Dream the Dream
Music: “I Dream a Dream” by Aretha Franklin
About Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
Using the universal language of dance to honor the African Diaspora, explore the human condition, champion social justice, unite people of all ages and races, and ultimately celebrate the complexity of life through movement.
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance (CPRD) is a cultural ambassador, infusing vitality, innovation and education into every community they touch—around the corner and around the globe.
CPRD was founded in 1970 and became a 501(c)(3) Not-for-Profit organization in 1974, continuing to build upon its dance school and ensemble origins. For five decades, CPRD has developed into an internationally esteemed organization that operates beyond the traditional performing arts model.
There are four pillars of the organization, namely, the CPRD Ensemble, Academy, Theatre, and Education programs. Working in concert, CPRD programs have created an oasis where a varied population—by gender, race, age and ethnicity—gather to study and appreciate a modern, cross-cultural approach to creative community development.
Conversation with Cleo Parker Robinson
Join us for a conversation with Cleo Parker Robinson on Feb 9. Details TBD