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Reaffirmed/Reimagined featuring GESEM

December 13, 2019 | 7:30 PM - December 15, 2019 | 6:00 PM



Deeply Rooted Dance Theater (DRDT) offers classic revivals, company repertoire, and a preview of a collaboration with Grammy Award-winning gospel artist Donald Lawrence for its fall season, “Reaffirmed/Reimagined.” Performances take place December 13–15 at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts on the University of Chicago campus, 915 E. 60th Street, Chicago.

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.

Along with DRDT repertoire, the December 14 and 15 performances include Gesem, East of the Nile, a preview of a full-length work, premiering in spring 2020, that brings together DRDT and Grammy Award-winning producer/songwriter/gospel artist Donald Lawrence. This theatrical experience melds elements of choral, hip-hop, trap-jazz, and inspirational music with inspirational dance theater. The December preview features original music by Lawrence, a choral ensemble, and the DRDT dancers.

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

Save 10% with a group of 10 or more

Premium ticket | $150

The purchase of a $150 premium ticket, for any night, provides additional support to the company.

Premium ticket buyers may attend a post-performance reception on Friday, December 13.

Performance Schedule: 

Friday, December 13 | 7:30 PM Deeply Rooted Repertoire &

Premium Ticket Celebration

Saturday, December 14 | 7:30 PM Deeply Rooted Repertoire & Gesem Preview

Sunday, December 15 | 6 PM Deeply Rooted Repertoire & Gesem Preview


December 13, 2019 | 7:30 PM
December 15, 2019 | 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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