Crowd-source funding needed for dance theatre X

Norma Porter
Charles O. Anderson, founder/artistic director of dance theatre X. Courtesy Photo.

Charles O. Anderson, Founder/Artistic Director of dance theatre X. Courtesy Photo.

When you think of the perfect blend of socio-political commentary, high-energy movement and kinetic storytelling, you tend to think of Charles O. Anderson’s dance theatre X.

Anderson is the Founder and Artistic Director of dance theatre X, and an associate professor of African Diaspora Dance Studies and the MFA coordinator in the Dance Department at The University of Texas at Austin.

The company, which Anderson describes as a combination of “educators, intellectuals, and choreographers in their own right”, needs to close meet its $6,000-goal for its Kickstarter campaign to present its latest work-“Restless Natives” in New York City and complete its 10-year anniversary tour, Anderson said.

dance theatre X is scheduled to perform “Restless Natives” at the New York Live Arts’ Live Ideas Festival celebrating author James Baldwin on Sat., April 26th at 8 p.m. and Sun., April 27th at 2 p.m.

Those individuals interested in helping to fund this project will be able to make donations via the Kickstarter page until 5 p.m. on Thurs., April 10. Anderson says that the funding will directly cover the costs associated with travel expenses and compensation for the performance artists.

Anderson describes “Restless Natives as a tribute to Baldwin’s novel “Another Country”, which Baldwin pinned in 1960. Special guest and spoken word artist Ursula Rucker narrates the theatrical dance work.

In 2014, Anderson said, that this work is asking the question: “What does it means to be American in the 21st century? And is the idea of ‘post-race’ the same as ‘post-hate’?”


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