Social Movement Contemporary Dance
Presents


POWER TO THE PEOPLE

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Social Movement Contemporary Dance returns to the MATCH for their first live performance in over a year with Power to the People.

 

 

Through three world premieres, Power to the People embodies the freedom from external control or influence. "The Culture" takes ownership of the global Hip Hop phenomenon through expression of Hip Hop's five pillars -- breakdancing, MCing, DJing, graffitti, and knowledge. In "Autonomy" artistic director Elijah Alhadji Gibson celebrates the strength, power, and perseverance of all women, through a series of solos. To close the show, "We The People" conveys his observations of what happens when people’s daily lives are interrupted by the world's harsh realities and they begin to demand change.

The Culture

(2021)

Concept by Elijah Alhadji Gibson

Music: Quip by dj ni**a fox, by Kris Adams, One Love, by Andrea Minotti, UMI Says by Mos Def

Costumes by Devert Monet Hickman

Lighting Design by Edgar Guajardo, Elijah Alhadji Gibson

           

Jason Dang, Andrea Minotti, Joel Rivera, Michiko Sharpe

 

 

 

 

Autonomy

(2021)

Choreography by Elijah Alhadji Gibson

Music: Woods, Panorama, & Ultraviolet by Eleonore Oppenheim & Jessie Montgomery

Costumes by Elijah Alhadji Gibson

Lighting Design by Edgar Guajardo, Elijah Alhadji Gibson

           

Amberly Altamirano-Daniels, Rachael Hutto, Yu-Ling Yeh

 

 

 

 

15 Minute Intermission

 

 

We The People

(2021)

Choreography by Elijah Alhadji Gibson

Music: Theory of Machines by Ben Frost, What a Wonderful World by Jon Baptiste, Shrine Hale by Forest Swords, Aegis, by Leonce

Costumes by Elijah Alhadji Gibson

Lighting Design by Edgar Guajardo, Elijah Alhadji Gibson

           

Amberly Altamirano-Daniels, Rachael Hutto, Briah Napier,

Joel Rivera, Yu-Ling Yeh

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Gibson founded Social Movement Contemporary Dance in 2019 after an international career as a professional dancer and a career in Higher Education. Originally from San Diego, California, he began dance with the San Diego Civic Dance Arts and attended the San Diego School for the Performing Arts. Gibson continued his education and studied dance in college and received his Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, with a focus on dance history, somatic studies, and pedagogy. Gibson joined the world-renowned Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago where he toured nationally and internationally for eight years, performing the works of the late Gus Giordano, Margo Sappington, Christopher Huggins, Jon Lehrer, Mia Michaels, Liz Imperio, Randy Duncan, Tony Powell, Ron De Jesus, and Davis Robertson among many others. He’s also had the privilege of guest performing with Instruments of Movement, Cirqua Rivera Dance Theater, Thodos Dance Chicago, and Especialty Tap Chicago just to name a few. He has performed and taught throughout the United States as well as in Germany, France, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Latvia, Spain, Ecuador, Canada, and Mexico. Mr. Gibson has served on the faculties of RDA Midwest, Gus Giordano Jazz Intensive, American College Dance Festival Association, Jazz Dance World Congress, Dance Masters of Wisconsin, Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, Leon Dance Arts NY, Embrace Dance Convention, and Key West Modern Dance. Dance companies have performed his choreography nationally and internationally such as Nomi Lamad, Inaside Dance Chicago, Thodos Dance Chicago, Jayson Tisa Dance Company, City Dance Company of Houston, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago II, and Naway Dance Company, as well by university dance ensembles throughout the country. Mr. Gibson has been on faculty at Shenandoah Conservatory at Shenandoah University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sam Houston State University, and the University of Texas at Austin. Gibson has been fortunate to have dabbled in every aspect of the arts from dance, theater, and film.

THE ARTISTS

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Amberly Altamirano-Daniels

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Jason Dang

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Rachael Hutto

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Andrea Minotti

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Briah Napier

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Joel Rivera

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Yu-Ling Yeh

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Michiko Sharpe

PRODUCTION CREW

                                                         Technical Director                                                                 Edgar Guajardo

                                                         Lighting DesignEdgar                                                           Guajardo & Elijah Alhadji Gibson

                                                         Stage Manager                                                                      Britney McGarity

                                                         Visual Artwork                                                                      Cameron Sands

                                                         Photography                                                                          Blake Daniels & Chris Sanchez

STAFF

 

                                                          Costume Design                                                                    Devert Monet Hickman

                                                          Lighting Design                                                                     Bryan Ealey

                                                          Intern                                                                                     Joy Crissmon

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

JESSICA RAY HERZOGENRATH, PhD

BENJAMIN LUCZAK

PAM KENDALL

DANA NICOLAY

SPECIAL THANKS

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The Shumway Family        Pat Morgan                         Tricia Austin                        Autumn Eckman                Westside High School

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Jennifer Taylor

Joel Longenecker

Tessandra Chavez

Chanel Ford

Inertia Dance Company

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Dana Nicolay

Olivia Gray

Stephanie Hilton

Valerie Gonzalez

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SOCIAL MOVEMENT CONTEMPORARY DANCE FOCUSES ON PRESENTING WORK TO DIVERSE AUDIENCES THAT REFLECTS THE HISTORICAL RAMIFICATIONS OF SOCIAL INJUSTICES AGAINST ALL PEOPLES AND THEIR IMPACT ON CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL IDEAS AND VALUES.

 

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