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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Cleo Parker Robinson Dance ensemble presents world premier

2/13/2013  3:00:00 PM

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance ensemble presents world premier
February 15, 16 and 17 at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

SEATTLE — Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute is pleased to present the world-renowned Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble for the world-premiere of FUSION, choreographed by Haitian choreographer Jeanguy Saintus. The ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb.16. Additionally a school matinee is offered at noon, Friday, Feb. 15, and workshops for youth, teens and adults will be held on Sunday, Feb.17 (see times below). Cleo Parker Robinson Dance is a 40-year-old, Denver-based institution.

Saintus' piece expresses the rich fusion of Caribbean culture and the contemporary life of his country through Haitian traditional dance and classical, modern and contemporary technique. The performance includes the acts "Lust Life," celebrating Maya Angelou's poetry; "Nine Ninas," set to the music of Nina Simone, and a sensitive presentation of "Jim Crow Laws." Tickets are $25 through Brown Paper Tickets or $30 at the door.

The school matinee is at noon on Friday, Feb. 15. Tickets are $6 through Brown Paper Tickets.

Two workshops will be held, one for youth from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 17, and one for teens and adults from 12:45 to 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 17. Youth workshop tickets are $10 and teen and adult workshop tickets are $15. All workshop tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets.

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) celebrates, nurtures, presents and preserves African American and Diaspora performing arts, cultural wealth and iconic legacies. Named for the prolific African American artist Langston Hughes, LHPAI represents the pluralism of local, national and global Black people, in the media platforms of film, dance, theatre and music.

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs supports the health and vitality of our city by providing access to arts and culture, advancing the role of the arts in our community, and advocating for issues that affect the entire cultural community. The 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the city agency.

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