Joyous jazz music filled Warner Main Space October 2 and 3 as Dance Diaspora performed its seasonal show Horace Silver: Song For My Father & Other Matters Pertaining To The Heart. Artist in Residence Adenike Sharpley ’00, who served as the show’s artistic director and choreographer, says the show’s themes included fatherhood and healing from wounds.
“Horace Silver is known for having a joyful mood in his music. I have juxtaposed the joyful mood of the music with visual representations of harsh realities of society for people of color,” she says.
The show featured dancers Sophie Mvurya ’16, Donnay Edmund ’16, Lindsey Nwabueze ’16, Khalid Taylor ’16, Cassandra Brown ’17, Niya Smith-Wilson ’17, and Sikora Sikorski ’17. Sharpley was also among the dancers.
Kevin Louis ’99 served as the show’s musical director. Louis also played trumpet for the show. Other alumni musicians included Josh Moton ’13, cello; Shea Pierre ’14, piano; and Malachi Thomas ’14, tenor saxophone. Student musicians included Lawrence Galloway ’16, trombone; Daniel Spearman ’17, trumpet and piano; Gailyn Gabriel ’18, bass; Michael Ode ’18, drums; and Michael Spearman ’19, trombone.
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