Our Story: Uprise: A Body of Choreographic Works

Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theater presents UPRISE, a body of choreographic works addressing power, oppression and community. Inspired by Angela Davis’ Freedom is a Constant Struggle, we are bringing expression to the many ways race, class, culture and history influence power.

Oluyinka Akinjiola’s Quiet Strength is a tribute to civil right activism. From the silent strength to the vocal outcries of the Underground Railroad to Barack Obama, Oluyinka explores United States history from the black woman’s perspective.

Michael Galen’s A Light of Hope seeks to explore the journey from oppression to awareness, community, and ultimately resistance. The choreography draws movement from Bboying, Palo, KRUMP and Stepping for their roots in resistance, confrontation, trauma release and community strengthening.

Featuring special guest Mic Crenshaw.

This program is part of the Our Story: Portland Through an African American Lens digital collection and project.

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