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LaTasha Barnes’ The Jazz Continuum

January 19, 2024 | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm | The Power Center

University Musical Society (UMS)

LaTasha Barnes presents The Jazz Continuum, a new production centering the prolific artistry of Jazz music and dance as a cornerstone of Black American culture and community. Supported by a live music ensemble, including a DJ/Turntablist, the all-star powerhouse cast of Explorers brings mind-bending musicality, spectacular athleticism, and boundless joy to each offering. This interdisciplinary and intergenerational experience investigates the energetic relationships and throughlines from Jazz and Lindy Hop to vibrant contemporary styles such as House, Hip-Hop, and more that developed from them. Each offering is also curated to amplify the cultural contributions of the local geographic area to the continuum. The Jazz Continuum celebrates music and dances from across the diaspora, conjuring the spirits of Black dance elders and transporting audiences from Harlem and Cuba to New Orleans and Brazil in its ever-evolving celebration of being, dance, and music.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 2024 @ 7:30 - 9:00 PM // POWER CENTER

SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, 2024 @ 7:30 - 9:00 PM // POWER CENTER

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