MCA Presents “Recapturing Memories of the Black Ark,” A Celebration of Chicago’s Dance History

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Chicago’s cultural heartbeat is set to quicken as The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) prepares to transport visitors through time. Rhythm will guide and electrify this inclusive celebration of dance heritage, so get ready to dance your heart out. The MCA will host the dynamic event “Recapturing Memories of the Black Ark: A Celebration of Chicago’s Social Dance History” at the iconic South Shore Cultural Center on July 22nd from 1pm to 9pm.

Honoring Chicago’s Rich Dance Heritage

At the heart of this event lies the celebration of Chicago’s vibrant social dance history. The “Recapturing Memories of the Black Ark” program will delve into the significance of dance in the city’s cultural fabric as well as its profound impact on shaping communities.

Program Highlights

The event is filled with an array of engaging activities that pay homage to Chicago’s dance legacy. Highlights include:

  1. Performance by Cristin Carole and Whitney Young High School’s Guys and Dolls Dancers. Audiences will witness a mesmerizing performance of “Shiny Stockings,” showcasing the beauty and artistry of social dance.
  2. Benji Hart’s Performance – “Dancer as Insurgent.” Benji Hart will grace the stage with a powerful performance titled “Dancer as Insurgent,” exploring the role of dance as a form of resistance and expression.
  3. Talk – “The Changing Vocabulary of House Dance” with Jarvis Mason and Stacy Letrice Smith. This insightful talk will delve into the evolution and cultural significance of house dance, shedding light on its dynamic vocabulary.
  4. Dance Workshop and Party. Jarvis Mason and Stacy Letrice Smith will lead a dance workshop, followed by an energetic party that allows participants to groove to the rhythm of Chicago’s dance catalog.
  5. Chicago Black Social Culture Map Digital Archive. Honey Pot Performance will encourage visitors to contribute to the Chicago Black Social Culture Map! Using flyers, fashion, and stories, the richness of Chicago’s social dance culture will preserve.

Join the Celebration

Mark your calendars for July 22nd and make your way to the South Shore Cultural Center for a celebration of Chicago’s social dance history. The event promises a day filled with enlightening performances, insightful talks, engaging workshops, and an all around vibrant dance party!

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