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Performing an Alabama Premiere!
Movement Workshop Group
10/29/2013 @ 8:00 PM
Led by Artistic Director Leslie Guyton, Movement Workshop Group consists of dancers, actors, and musicians who work together to create unique dance theatre pieces that integrate every possible method to tell compelling and inspired stories.
"Racine D'or" draws from Cajun folktales and the diversity of Louisiana, combining contemporary dance theater with traditional Zydeco music, blending Louisiana Creole French with American folk and blues to create a sound all its own.
As part of "Racine D'or", Movement Workshop Group will be joined by four-time Grammy Award nominee Cedric Watson and his group Bijou Creole. Watson is an accomplished fiddler, singer, accordionist, and songwriter who has been hailed as one of the brightest young talents in Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco music over the last decade. He worked directly with the Group to create the specific music heard during "Racine D'or."
The plot of "Racine D'or" is described by the company as "Imagine a world where the air is thick and the trees are heavy. The land is soft and the waters of the Mississippi lap the shore with an ever-steady heartbeat. The sun dips low, casting a warm glow through the river reeds. The stars awaken, heralding a magic hour. This is Racine D'or, the story of four friends who encounter the joys of innocence and the temptations of trouble and in doing so discover the destruction of community - and what each of them has to do to restore it."
This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Alabama State Council on the Arts.