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Reed College, Greenwood Theater
Oct. 20 and 21, 7pm Oct. 21, 5pm.
Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theater presents UPRISE an evening of choreographic premiers by Oluyinka Akinjiola, Michael Galen and Jamie Minkus, with musical guest Amenta Abioto. UPRISE features a body of choreographic works addressing power, oppression, and community. Inspired by Angela Davis’ desire to see liberation movements become intersectional, we are bringing expression to the many ways race, class, culture, and history influence power.Funding and support from the Regional Arts and Culture Council and the Oregon Arts Commission.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 30, 3-5PM
The Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble (PJCE) is creating a new piece of community-guided music, “From Maxville to Vanport,” incorporating the stories of two unique towns in Oregon’s history: Maxville and Vanport. The project will culminate in a concert-length composition for the PJCE to be performed May 26 and 27, 2018, as part of the Vanport Mosaic Festival (May 25–28). Maxville and Vanport both had significant multicultural populations at a time when Oregon was particularly unfriendly to non-white residents, and their histories deserve to be heard and better understood by all Oregonians.
At this event, PJCE will present a song that will become part of that larger work and will gather input from people who care about these stories. Audience members will hear vocalist Marilyn Keller and composer/pianist Ezra Weiss perform the song “From Maxville to Vanport,” featuring text by Renee Mitchell. Commentary from all three as well as Maxville Heritage Executive Director Gwendolyn Trice and former Vanport resident Edward Washington will follow, along with robust discussion with the audience. Vanport flood survivors, their families, and all people who are interested in how this story will be told as PJCE takes the performance on tour to eastern Oregon and back to Portland in the spring of 2018 are especially encouraged to attend.
This event is sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society, and the Maxville to Vanport Project is sponsored by the Oregon Community Foundation.