Founded in 1974, Denver-based Cleo Parker Robinson Dance leverages the universal language of dance and physical movement to honor African American heritage and to give voice to the voiceless.
The ensemble performs a dynamic body of works rooted in ethnic and modern dance traditions worldwide. The Four Journeys is a new work conceived by Amalia Viviana Basanta Hernandez, artistic director of Ballet Folkórico de Mexico (also appearing on the UMS season this year). It examines the confluence of culture in Mexico — from its diverse, indigenous heritage to the more recent influences of European, African, and Asian infusions. This work features a collaboration with Japanese video mapping artist Taketo Kobayashi.