• Muntu Dance Theatre with special guest Vernon Gooden at Unity Temple

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    Name: Muntu Dance Theatre with special guest Vernon Gooden at Unity Temple
    Date: October 23, 2021
    Time: 5:30 PM - 9:50 PM CDT
    Event Description:

    Muntu Dance Theatre, Unity Dance Series
    October 23, Shows at 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm

    Unity Temple Restoration Foundation (UTRF) presents its first annual Unity Dance Series. Muntu Dance Theatre with special guest Vernon Gooden kicks off the season Saturday, October 23 with performances at 5:30 and 8:30 pm. Masks required.*

    Founded in 1972, the Chicago-based Muntu Dance Theatre performs authentic and progressive interpretations of contemporary and ancient African and African-American dance, music, and folklore. Muntu Dance Theatre celebrates the human spirit through traditional and social African and African-American dance. Muntu’s exuberant performances pulsate with the rhythms of the African Diaspora, whether from Senegal, South Africa, Guinea, Brazil or Chicago. Muntu offers a repertory that ranges from ritual dances as they were performed centuries ago to contemporary and traditionally inspired dances choreographed by Artistic Director Regina Perry-Carr and renowned guest choreographers from the West African countries of Senegal, Gambia, and Guinea.

    Vernon D. Gooden, a Dallas, Texas native, is an emerging choreographer, performer, and teacher now residing in Chicago, IL. Mr. Gooden began dancing at the age of 11 and is a 2001 graduate of the acclaimed Booker T. Washington High School for The Performing Visual Arts. Mr. Gooden later trained at The Juilliard School under the direction of the late Benjamin Harkarvy and Larry Rhodes. He has performed works of noted choreographers such as Paul Taylor, Katherine Dunham, Donald McKayle, Bill T. Jones, Milton Myers, Cleo Parker Robinson, Nai-Ni Chen, Adam Houghland, Ronald K. Brown, Jessica Lang, Christopher Huggins, Kevin Iega Jeff, and Winifred Haun.

    A portion of proceeds from the Unity Dance Series will benefit UTRF’s mission to preserve Unity Temple and provide quality public programming. 

    *UTRF is committed to following CDC Guidelines and will make the appropriate adjustments to this event as needed.

    The Unity Dance Series is presented in partnership with Winifred Haun & Dancers.

    This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, Oak Park Area Arts Council, the Alphawood Foundation, and in partnership with Winifred Haun & Dancers.

    Event Media:
    Unity Temple 
    875 Lake Street
    Oak Park, IL 60301
    Date/Time Information:
    October 23, performances at 5:30 and 8:30 pm
    Contact Information:
    Alice Kloska, Programs Manager

    Tickets range from $20 – $39 based on seating assignment. UTRF members receive $5 off their tickets, limited student seating is $10.

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