The Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience presented its annual Spring Dance Symposium at Rutgers-Newark on Wednesday, March 27. Move-Meant: A Symposium on Contemporary Dance was performed by Danse4Nia Repertory Ensemble. Danse4Nia is a Philadelphia-based multicultural, contemporary modern dance company which aspires to use dance to foster personal, cultural, and social change.
Danse4Nia presented an hour-long beautiful contemporary and traditional dance performance at Bradley Hall. After the performance, they artists were present for a “talk-back” and a reception in the lobby.
God’s Trombone/Euphoria was the first dance and featured the full company of dancers. It is described in the playbill as a soulful, jazzy depiction of the creation of the world in Genesis. Visually it was indeed soulful.
Perhaps their strongest performance was Caged, their penultimate dance. It was a beautiful exploration of freedom and bondage. It was the most interpretive dance, with the dancers split in two, weaving through each other in a calm and spiritual way.
Before the performance, Danse4Nia held a free community class fusing modern, West African, and hip-hop dance styles, in collaboration with NJPAC’s Arts Education Program.