Celebrating the United Nations International Day of Tolerance, Rice University Arts of Tolerance presents Dance for Humanity.
Focusing on the importance of co-existence, and building on the many benefits cultural diversity brings, the Arts of Tolerance performing arts ‘For Humanity Series’ engages performers from around the world to exemplify the beauty and power that is produced when, as communities, we focus on those things that unify us.
The artists for this evening represent many cultures from as far as Asia to Africa to the American continent and beyond. Among them:
Dance of Asian America, Anjali Center for Performing Arts, Danza Azteca Aquetzalli, Intuitive African Dance and Drum Culture, Solero Flamenco, Intempo Dance, Shaolin Shi Xing Hao Kung Fu Academy, Urban Souls Dance Company, Reinaldo Costa. Dance for Humanity explores emotions - from sad to joyful - of the human condition, all reflected through the power of dance.
Dance for Humanity welcomes world renown Cuban choreographer and master teacher, Alexis Zanety, presenting a world premiere commemorating one of humanity’s most tragic chapters: the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. The year 2019 marks 400 years of Africans enslaved in what would become the United States. An estimated 11 million people were transported to the Americas during the length of the trade. Stripped from their homeland and forcefully brought to unknown territories, Africans relied on themselves, religion, music, dance, and to whatever source of strength they found to endure this inhumane journey. Zanety’s work explores the music, dances and movement of Yoruba culture and religion which have survived and are reflected in the culture of the Americas today.
Dance for Humanity is presented with support from Flamart, Foundation for Modern Music, Dance Houston, Strictly Street Salsa, and is sponsored in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance, corporate and individual sponsors.