May 27th 6:00pm | People’s Building Aurora
June 1st 7:00pm | Colorado Ballet's BlackBox Theater
June 2nd 2:00pm | Colorado Ballet's BlackBox Theater
The Alliance Française de Denver is proud to present ‘Beyond Borders’, a collaborative performance with original music and choreography.
Three-time recipient of the AFD Cultural Project Scholarship, the Thomas Dance Project has interpreted the migrant crisis in Europe through
dance. Inspired to serve a greater purpose the ballet troupe dances to inspire their community. The choreographers strive to evoke the
struggles, hopes, pain and joy of ordinary humans pushed from their homes. The migrants’ yearning for a better life and search for refuge is
portrayed in each step, twist and turn. ‘Beyond Borders’ not only represents this fictional story, but immigrants throughout the world
attempting to cross borders both physical and spiritual.
This live tableau of migrants making their way across Europe will be accompanied by the original compositions of Greg Walker with the
support of the University of Colorado's College of Arts & Media. Walker uses a mix of classical, electronic, and traditional African
music to put sound to this journey and humanitarian crisis. The Altius String Quartet, Central African-American musician Rich L’Or
Nachrist and percussionist David Hinojosa will join Walker to perform live alongside the dance. These original songs are inspired by
the challenging journey of migrants and the plight of those pushed from their homes, cultures, and families.
‘Beyond Borders’ premiers as a free performance on May 27th 2019 at the People’s Building of Aurora. The six o’clock show has a capacity for 190, allowing the Thomas Dance Project to reach a greater audience with their evocative message. A preview teaser will be held at the Echo d'Afrique Festival on May 11th where the choreographer and composer will discuss their inspiration and internalization of the migrant crisis. The AFD looks forward to presenting this collaborative performance and is proud to bring so many diverse artists together on the same project.
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The Thomas Dance Project will then perform 'Beyond Borders' back-to-back evenings at the Colorado Ballet's BlackBox
Theater along with guest choreographer Edgar L. Page. Edgar L. Page is originally from Detroit, MI where he began his dance training
through the Detroit Public Schools System. A former member of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Second Company, Mr. Page spent the greater part
of the last decade touring and performing with the world-renowned Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble. Mr. Page has since shifted his focus
to enriching the Denver dance community while curating his own work. Thomas Dance Project is honored and excited to perform alongside Mr.
Page on June 1st and 2nd!
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Founded in 2016 by Kevin Gaël Thomas, Thomas Dance Project is a dance company which serves a greater purpose by inspiring their community through creative choreography. Thomas, a native of France, studied at the prestigious Rosella Hightower’s ballet center in Cannes, France before graduating with honors from the acclaimed Canada’s National Ballet School, and is currently an international ballet soloist with the Colorado Ballet. The Thomas Dance Project has choreographed several shows for the AFD and Denver metro; ‘Riviera’ (2017), ‘Holocaust by Bullets’ (2018), ‘HOME’ (2018), this year’s show will be ‘Beyond Borders’.
More information: https://thomasdanceproject.com/about
Greg Walker is an American composer, violinist, and guitarist currently teaching music and entertainment studies at University of Colorado Denver. Artistic director of the Colorado Next Music Fest and former concertmaster of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, Walker is an American Academy of Arts and Letters Fellowship recipient and International Musician cover artist.
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