Dance To Take Center Stage During Savannah Black Heritage Festival

Cleo Parker
Cleo Parker

The Cleo Parker Robinson Dance (CPRD) ensemble of Denver, CO returns to Savannah and will be featured during the annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival (SBHF). The performance is slated for Tuesday, February 3, at 7:30 pm. Presented by the City of Savannah and Savannah State University, the 2015 festival theme is “Today’s Youth. Tomorrow’s Legacy.”

Inspired by the African-American experience, the nationally-respected dance ensemble will present a mixed repertory program. While the performance is free and open to the public, a general admission ticket is required. Tickets will be released to the public on January 26 at the Civic Center Box Office, Lester’s Florist at 2100 Bull Street and Cumulus Broadcasting at 214 Television Circle. Also, there will be designated ticket locations for military families and senior citizens. A maximum of four tickets will be issued per person. A limited block of tickets will be available at “Will Call” to accommodate tourists. On the day of the performance, unclaimed seats will be released to waiting patrons 10 minutes prior to curtain call.

While in the city, the CPRD ensemble will present a closed performance for students grades 4-9. Public schools should call 912-358-4309 and private schools should call 912-354-2657 for information and reservations. The dance-focused events are sponsored in part by Gulfstream Aerospace and Carver State Bank. Prior to the evening dance performance, the 2015 SBHF honorees will be presented. This year’s recipients are ZaDonna Slay and Miller Bargeron, Jr. Slay was recently named CEO of the West Broad Street YMCA. She has also been heralded for her work as the executive director of Chatham County’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

Bargeron produced and directed the documentary “Stubborn As a Mule” that explores the events that took place between General Sherman’s March to the Sea in 1864, the assassination of President Lincoln, the end of the Civil War, and the unraveling of the promises of Reconstruction.

The 2015 festival is the 26th presented by the City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs and the 16th produced by Savannah State University. All festival events are free and open to the public.

For more information, call 912-358-4309.

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