Diversifying the contemporary dance landscape since 2014

Poster image for the show "Rites of Passage"

Rites of Passage

February 16 - 25, 2024

Black History Month 2024, Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theatre (RDDT) will premiere RITES OF PASSAGE, an evening of dance investigating community and personal transitions, drawing equally from contemporary, Diasporic and West African dance. RITES will run for 5 shows over two weekends, February 16-25, 2024 at Reed College’s Greenwood Theatre.

RITES OF PASSAGE will include world premieres by two guest choreographers, Cleveland/NYC based artist Antonio Brown and local celebrity Derrell Sekou Walker, a new duet by Oluyinka Akinjiola and Michael Galen, and a suite from THE SOUNDS OF AFROLITICAL MOVEMENT. Rejoice dancers will be joined by musicians and youth dancers from Sebé Kan African drum and dance ensemble. Across dance forms and theme, RITES will be grounded in tradition while also looking forward to what we – as Black artists and community members – need to thrive. We will draw on traditional rites of passage (West African traditions marking puberty, Yoruba baby naming ceremonies and funeral celebrations) and imagine rituals to celebrate and recognize contemporary transitions.

Presented by Reed College Dance Department


Art as Activism

Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theater seeks to diversify the contemporary dance landscape with untold stories and under-told perspectives of communities of color. Grounded in values from the African Diaspora we use our art at activism. Rejoice! celebrates and cultivates community through artistic engagement, performances, and dialogue, weaving stories of hardship and triumph.