Meet the Artists: Charles O. Anderson, Vincent Mantsoe and Ursula Rucker

September 20, 2013 - 2:00pm3:30pm
Admission : 
Free; Seating is limited.

Join the conversation with Vincent Mantsoe and Charles O. Anderson, two of today's most distinguished choreographers, and Ursula Rucker, renowned spoken word artist.

Mantsoe, Anderson and Rucker will be featured in a one-time only performance September 20 at 8:00 p.m. at Texas Performing Arts' McCullough Theatre, performing Mantsoe's Opera for Fools and a special preview of Anderson's Restless Natives.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments provided.

For additional information, please call 512-471-5793.

About the Artists
Vincent Mantsoe is one of post-apartheid South Africa’s leading choreographers. His French based company, Association Noa Company Vincent Mantsoe, creates contemporary African work that represents a true global culture of both dancers and disciplines.

Mantsoe’s piece Opera for Fools probes the center of the South African shebeen lifestyle during Apartheid, discovering what makes people enjoy their daily lives and enables them to forgive, but not forget. This vibrant production is a celebration of a people’s hope, anger, joy, and sometimes loneliness and despair.

Choreographer, dancer, and UT Department of Theatre and Dance Associate Professor of African Diaspora Dance Studies and the MFA Coordinator in Dance, Charles O. Anderson is artistic director of Dance Theatre X. Founded by Anderson in 2003, this Philadelphia based afro-contemporary dance theatre company was selected among the “25 to Watch” in 2008 by Dance Magazine.

Anderson presents a preview of his newest work, Restless Natives, a piece inspired by the writings of James Baldwin featuring an original poetry score by critically-acclaimed performance poet Ursula Rucker. Set in a fictional juke joint called HOME, Restless Natives combines mournful celebration and passionate dance in a blues-saturated commentary on loving and being loved in 21st century America.