Dance With The Soul is a multi-discipline performance featuring the collaborative works of choreographers, dancers, singers, spoken-word artists, and musicians.
The idea was spurred by the wonderful, awesome talent that exists in Tallahassee. Usually poets, dancers, and choreographers create and perform in separate venues. I thought it would be a wonderful experience for everyone to collaborate. They could share their creative work with audiences that deeply appreciate and enjoy their art.
As a former Atlanta coffeeshop owner in the 90s, I fondly recall open mic and the connection and community it created. I hope to recreate this experience for you, too.
This year we were inspired to present to you the music of the legendary Marvin Gaye. His 1971 release of the first Motown concept album, What's Going On, garnered world acclaim as one of the best of his music career and of all time. I recall when my mom brought the album home. I always loved LPs with the lyrics printed inside the album cover. And this LP was no exception . . . I memorized the lyrics to all of the songs. And amazingly, I still know them today.
Also, what was unique about What's Going On was the way each song flowed into the other without a pause or break. This was another new concept for Motown. As was common for the music industry, there was a break or pause between songs on albums. Not so with What's Going On. Each song flowed seamlessly into the next . . . and this technique was used on all 9 songs.
Marvin again broke the Motown mold with What's Going On when it was deemed his and Motown's first concept album. Inspired by his brother's (Frankie) return from the Vietnam War, the political climate at the time . . . What's Going On was born.
Dance With The Soul: What's Going On - The Marvin Gaye Tribute is an exciting multi-generational event of dance, poetry, music and song. Experience the sounds of the musical genius of Marvin Gaye on Valentine weekend. Don't do the same things you did last Valentine's Day. This never-before-seen production of Marvin Gaye's music will leave you wanting more.
So purchase your tickets here.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center
505 W. Pensacola Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
Journey To Dance, Inc.
A Florida Not-For-Profit Corporation
1400 Village Square Boulevard, Suite 3-218
Tallahassee, Florida 32312
To create dance that moves the spirit and touches the soul by inspiring conversation, rapt attention and complete involvement in the dance experience.