Top U.S. Dance Company Presents “MictlanRx” At Washington State University
Washington State University’s Performing Arts program will host the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance organization’s “MictlanRx”, a dance that explores the historic journey of the Afro-Mexican population.
“MictlanRx” is a story focused dance that explores the movement of the African people to the country of Mexico during the Atlantic slave trade between the 16th and 19th centuries. It reflects on the oppression of the African population in Mexico through cultural identity and tradition.
PA at WSU promotes programs that have a cultural and educational element to support the many diverse communities located on campus and the Palouse region as a whole, according to the group’s website.
“We want to bring this story to people so they can learn about other areas that were affected by the displacement of the African people by historic colonial governments, not just the United States,” director of PA, Gail Siegel said.
The University of Idaho’s Festival and Performing Arts will join Cleo Parker Robinson Dance for this performance. It will be held at WSU’s Jones Theatre in Daggy Hall on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m.
Cleo Parker Robinson started her Denver-based dance organization in 1970. She has been one of the pioneers across the world for artistic and cultural dance. Today, her organization serves as an international ambassador that seeks to spread inclusivity and education into each community they perform in, according to the dance institution’s website.
Robinson has had a prestigious career, earning many honors and awards over the past 45 years. She was appointed to the National Council on the Arts in 1998 by former U.S. President Bill Clinton. In 2009, she was awarded the Dr. Martin King Jr. / William “Bill” Roberts Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award.
“It’s truly a beautiful sight to see what she has created and what she turns out to the world,” Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Academy Director, Amelia Dietz said. “She speaks to us often about equity, history, understanding, struggle and hope. She then sets up the means to deliver these messages through dance around the entire world.”
Reserved seating for “MictlanRx” costs $22 for adults, $18 for non-WSU students and $16 for anyone under the age of 16. The first 100 WSU students to reserve seats will receive their tickets for fee with a valid ID. WSU’s Beasley Coliseum will be available to give tickets in advance at the ticket office, open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Tickets may also be purchased now at all TicketsWest outlets, including their online website, TicketsWest.com. Other options to buy tickets include by phone at 800-325-SEAT, or in person at Beasley Coliseum and the Rosauers Supermarket in Lewiston, Idaho. The Daggy Hall box office will open to sell any remaining tickets two hours before the performance.
The Daggy Hall parking garage will have open parking without permits or fees for this performance. Parking will also be available in the Green 3 lot across the street from Daggy Hall.
WSU President Kirk Schulz announced last Nov. that PA would no longer receive money from the university. “I think it was a mistake. The community is losing something that it clearly valued,” Siegel said.
Director Siegel looks forward to see what’s next for her staff and is pleased with everything they’ve done since PA was created in 2011. “We’re very proud of what we’ve accomplished over the last 7 years. We fill our shows and the quality has been excellent,” she said. “These are very talented people. I feel very confident that my staff will move on to bigger and better things.”
As for Siegel, she plans to retire after the program presents its last show for the 2017-2018 calendar year.
Gail Siegel, Director of WSU Performing Arts: 509-335-8522/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Amelia Dietz, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Academy Director: 303-295-1759 x16/ email@example.com