Headliner Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble returns to Savannah, virtually

Photo: Jerry Metellus

The 33rd Annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival once again welcomes the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble (CPRDE) as the featured headliner for a virtual performance on Saturday, February 5.

The Savannah Black Heritage Festival is thrilled to have the return of CPRDE headlining. Having them back “means that our past partners still trust us and know that we put on a good show and they’re thrilled to be a part of it,” said Amanda Hollowell, co-coordinator of the Savannah Black Heritage Festival.

Founded in 1970, CPRDE challenges the traditional performing arts model, infusing innovation and education into every interaction with the community through the art of dance. “Every action we perform is done with the intention of transforming ourselves and others; give a voice to the voiceless; leave a lasting legacy of excellence and understanding,” the ensemble promises.

“One of the most wonderful parts of the Cleo Parker Robinson experience is how she combines innovation and education with every performance. You’ll get a history lesson while being thoroughly entertained,” Hollowell said. CPRDE will not only present a performance, but will also hold a master class with select schools in the Savannah Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS).

This year’s CPRDE performance differs from the past in that it is “virtual and accessible,” Hollowell said. “You can experience and access festival content from your phone, laptop or tablet. You can take us with you and enjoy these awesome presentations,” Hollowell continued.

The performance can be viewed at 9:00 a.m. on WSAV-NBC and 6:30 p.m. on WSAV-CW and is part of the February 1-20 event schedule. “Celebrating Culture, Celebrating Heritage, Celebrating You” is the central theme of the festival and the hybrid experience is sure to bring cultural education and exposure to the performing and visual arts, as well as historical gems and entertainment for all demographics and interests. celebration.

The festival is presented by Savannah State University and the City of Savannah Department of Cultural Resources. Additional sponsorship is provided by South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. All festival events and activities are free and open to the public thanks to our generous community sponsors and donors. For up-to-date details and access to virtual offers, visit www.savannahblackheritagefestival.org or call 912-358-4309.

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