This summer marks the second year of a three-year collaboration between Deeply Rooted Dance Theater and the South Africa-based Flatfoot Dance Company, entitled the JOMBA! Initiative. Both companies have a strong focus on diversity and how art impacts social change and, with funding from the MacArthur Foundation, Deeply Rooted’s artistic director Kevin Iega Jeff traveled to Durban in the spring to serve as artist in residence. Over the summer Flatfoot Dance visited Chicago, engaging in creative work and discussion with Deeply Rooted about cultural exchange between the U.S. and South Africa, and what’s to be learned from the racial history of each country. This Saturday is the culmination of Deeply Rooted’s summer intensive: a one-night performance at the Athenaeum of new and repertory works along with a guest performance by Flatfoot Dance. Come see the fruits of this powerful collaboration. (Sharon Hoyer)
Deeply Rooted Dance Theater at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 North Southport. Saturday, July 19 at 7:30pm. $25.