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Back Pocket Dancers: Generations in Dance and Song
Saturday, May 6 @ 7:30 pm$20
Intergenerational, Cambridge-based dance troupe Back Pocket Dancers, saxophonist Bill Thompson, and vocalists Philip Hamilton and Regine Gelin will be featured in “Generations in Dance and Song.”
The Back Pocket troupe features eight dancers including 94-year-old West Medford resident Dorothy Elizabeth Tucker. They will perform stories that are told on the back porch, on this continent and far away. Each member of the company is a storyteller who becomes part of the story, an integral part of the whole. Through dance and the spoken word, the troupe shares stories of resilience, freedom, and friendship—stories that are humorous, thoughtful, timeless, and timely.
Among the pieces to be performed is the premiere of the Chinese folktale “The Emperor’s Flowers” choreographed by Andrea Taylor Blenis and company; “Octabandance,” a joyful romp highlighting the Octaband, a dance therapy tool invented by one of the troupe’s dancers; and “Crossing the River,” set to music of Paul Robeson and depicting African-American slave Arnold Gragston’s crossing of the Ohio River to freedom.
Musical performances by musicians with West Medford ties intersperse the dance pieces. Saxophonist Bill Thompson, a Berklee College of Music professor who grew up in West Medford, will bring his trio to perform jazz and inspirational music. Jazz vocalist and West Medford native Philip Hamilton will perform, as well as 22-year-old up-and-coming vocalist Regine Gelin.
There will be two performances, at 3 and 7:30 p.m., at the Medford Senior Center.
Tickets are $20 and may be ordered through Eventbrite.
The performances are sponsored by the West Medford Senior Club with support from the Medford Arts Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
For more information call 781-648-5579.
TRAFFIC ADVISORY: For those coming to the show from West Medford, be advised that High Street will be closed from Governors Avenue to Forest Street all day, due to the Clippership Day festival. Use alternate routes such as Mystic Valley Parkway, Lawrence Road, or South Border Road to get to Medford Square.