OrigiNation presents: Our Story! A Celebration of the African-American Experience through Spoken Word, Dance & Music

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Our Story is a compilation of poetry, dance, music and scenes from historical and current events significant to African and African-American history. This performance will feature some of New England's most talented actors, singers, spoken word artists and dancers.

Directed by OrigiNation Founding Artistic Director and celebrated choreographer, Shaumba Yandje Dibinga, Our Story will be performed on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 7 pm at The Strand Theater located at 543 Columbia Road, Dorchester, MA. Our Story is a compilation of poetry, dance, music and scenes from historical and current events significant to African and African-American history. This performance will feature some of New England's most talented actors, singers, spoken word artists and dancers.

On Friday, February 14, 2020, OrigiNation will host 1100 from Boston Public school, charter and private schools for a special 10 am SOLD OUT matinee performance! This performance will feature dynamic performances from actors as young as 8 and include a Q&A session post performance. Since Black history classes have been removed from the BPS system, it is imperative that youth find an alternative to where they can learn about their culture!

Founded in 1994, OrigiNation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit performing arts program that utilizes dance as a vehicle to develop leadership, confidence and self-sufficiency among boys and girls ages 3-18. The majority of our students live in the Boston neighborhoods of Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan, where access to quality dance and theater programs is limited. We serve over 300 boys and girls annually through our on-site programs and an additional 5,000 youth through our outreach and touring programs. To date our youth have performed, taught, and served in the South African cities of Johannesburg, Capetown, Pretoria, Soweto (2007); Dakar, Senegal (2009); New Orleans, LA (2011); Accra, Ghana (2012), London, England (2010 & 2015) and Trinidad (2016 & 2017). Graduates of our programs are currently living and working throughout the U.S. and abroad with notable dance and production companies including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and Ronald K. Brown/ EVIDENCE, A Dance Company and some have toured with award winning artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Chris Brown, Paula Abdul and Alicia Keys. Many who have chosen not to pursue dance are utilizing skills learned through our program to excel in business, fashion design, and other industries.

For the most up-to-date schedule for all OrigiNation programming, follow OrigiNation via these links and visit http://www.originationinc.org: Twitter: @originationarts | Facebook: @originationarts | Instagram: @originationarts

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