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December 13 | 7:00 PM - December 15 | 6:00 PM


Deeply Rooted Dance Theater (DRDT) offers classic revivals, company repertoire and a preview of a collaboration with gospel artist Donald Lawrence and the Tri-City Singers. Reaffirmed/Reimagined takes place December 13–15 at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts on the University of Chicago campus.

Reaffirmed/Reimagined features revivals of two classic DRDT works: DRDT Co-Founder and Creative Director of Deeply Rooted Productions Kevin Iega Jeff’s Dedication (1982), a story of an ancestral elder that passes the legacy of life onto children of the new world, and Essence – A Portrait of Four Women (1972), that tells the story of four women of color and how their lives intersect on an emotional journey of self-actualization and sisterhood, by Martial Roumain. Also on the program are three works from the company repertoire. DRDT Co-Founder Gary Abbott’s Parallel Lives (2018) is a contemporary narrative inspired by poor, working women who have shared life-changing events, both beautiful and tragic, with original music by Evangelos Spanos based on Vivaldi’s “La Folia.” Forces (2018), an exploration of the spiritual influences on daily consciousness, by Artistic Director Nicole Clarke-Springer, with music by Marcelo Zarvos. When Men (2016), which explores the idea of abandoning stigmas to strengthen from within, is choreographed by DRDT company member and Assitant Artistic/Rehearsal Director Joshua L. Ishmon, with music by Ananda Giri and Paolo Nutini and text by Charlie Chaplin.

On December 14 and 15, there is a preview of Gesem, East of the Nile, which brings together DRDT and acclaimed
gospel artist Donald Lawrence and his Tri-City Singers. This theatrical experience melds elements of choral, hip-hop, trap-jazz, and inspirational music with inspirational dance theater.

Special performances for youth and senior audiences Wednesday, December 11 at 10 a.m. and noon features excerpts from this season’s repertoire. Click here to purchase tickets for the Youth & Senior audience performances


General Admission Ticket: $45

Premium ticket: $150 includes Opening Night Post-Performance Reception

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In support of the project, premium tickets can be purchased for all performances. However, the Premium Ticket Reception is only on Friday, December 13, following the performance.

Performance Schedule: 

Friday, December 13 | 7:00 PM Deeply Rooted Repertoire & Harvest Group Celebration

Saturday, December 14 | 7:30 PM Deeply Rooted Repertoire & Gesem, East of the Nile Preview

Sunday, December 15 | 6 PM Deeply Rooted Repertoire & Gesem, East of the Nile Preview


December 13 | 7:00 PM
December 15 | 6:00 PM
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Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts (Performance Hall)
915 E 60th St
Chicago, IL United States
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