‘UPROOTED- The Journey of Jazz Dance’ DocumentaryIN-PERSON October 17th at the Clinton Street Theater @ 3:00PM | Run Time: 94 mins
The history, lineage and future progressions of jazz dance. The story of Jazz Dance is a complex one, it goes to the very heart of humanity. It is a story of triumph over adversity, oppression and privilege as well as a celebration, because ultimately, what all people have in common is rhythm and a basic human need to get down.
Uprooted will be available to watch either in person on October 17th at the Clinton Street Theater in Portland at 3:00pm or online from October 15th-24th.
Directors: Khadifa Wong
Director of Photography: Matt Simpkins
Choreographer: Zak Nemorin
Dancers: Debbie Allen, Mandy Moore, Chita Rivera, Camille A.Brown, Jason Samuels Smith
Composers: Jeff Parker and Max Cyrus
Producer: Lisa Donmall-Reeve
Associate Producer – Kimberley Browning
Editor: Joan Gill Amorim
‘UPROOTED’ is a feature-length documentary celebrating the history, lineage, and future progressions of jazz dance. Exploring and commenting on political and social influences, the film is an honest conversation about jazz dance addressing topics such as appropriation, racism, socialism, and sexism. With special appearances by Debbie Allen, George Faison, Chita Rivera, Camille A. Brown and Thomas F. DeFrantz. ‘UPROOTED’ also showcases the works of the Nicholas Brothers, Pepsi Bethel, Jack Cole, Katherine Dunham, Bob Fosse and Gene Kelly shining a light on what all people have in common, rhythm and a basic human need to get down.
Many experts included are Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Olivier Award winners. For example ; Debbie Allen, Susan Stroman, George Faison, Andy Blankbuehler, Al Blackstone, Mandy Moore, Josh Bergasse, Chita Rivera, Graciela Daniele….