Unexpected Journey/ Why I Had To Dance
by Oberlin Students/Ntozake Shange
Director: Caroline Jackson Smith/Diane McIntyre
Dates: February 9-11 and February 17-18, 2012
Location: Hall Auditorium, PlayhouseSquare
"Unexpected Journeys , directed by Jackson Smith and choreographed by McIntyre, is an exploration of movement and identity. Using McIntyre’s distinctive storytelling method, a diverse group of Oberlin students have crafted an interdisciplinary ode to the struggles and triumphs of coming of age in the 21st century."
"Why I Had to Dance propels the audience into the world of dance through Shange’s experiences. A barrier-breaking poet, playwright, and novelist, Shange describes her new choreopoem as “the story of black dance herself … the connectedness of black dance from one generation to another generation and from one region to another region, moving all around the dance world from my childhood on.”