Members of the cast of “Soul Steps.”
Courtesy of Soul Steps
Courtesy of Soul Steps

The Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College presents “Soul Steps” at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater, John Jay College, 899 Tenth Avenue, NYC on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

“Soul Steps” brings the African American art form of stepping to the stage in a high-energy performance where Afro-urban rhythms and personal narratives relay individual stories and explore a cultural legacy.

Based in New York City, the ensemble hails from around the globe. Influences such as Savion Glover and Debbie Allen and the gumboot dancers in the mines of South Africa inspire every slap of the thigh, twist of the hip, turn of the foot, and jump in the air. The performance will be followed by a JUST-US Dialogue.

About The Company

“Soul Steps” is a reflection of the multi-dimensionality of dance. The dancers use their entire bodies to speak, and their steps combine visual art, music and theater. The company also embrace step as an educational tool to inspire youth and as a medium to celebrate traditions of our African history. The power in each step the dancers take forward is reminiscent of the beats that lie within them.

Beginning in 2008, the Theater created the unique series, Art Of Justice, which focuses on how the artistic imagination can shed light on the many perceptions of justice in society. Art Of Justice focuses on advocacy for marginalized communities through music, drama, dance and fine art. JUST-US Dialogues, a supplemental series, will be formally introduced this fall.

Through intimate discussions, lectures and post-show dialogues with artists and experts, audiences will gain legible context and have the opportunity to exchange critical thinking and share perspectives. Provocative and engaging performances that explore topics ranging from the post-9/11 environment politically and culturally in the United States and abroad, immigration and race, religious freedoms and separation of church and state are included in this season’s Art Of Justice series.

Since opening its doors in 1988, the Gerald W. Lynch Theater has been an invaluable cultural resource for John Jay College and the larger New York City community. Its signature series, The Art of Justice, is the only performance series in New York that presents a diverse exploration of the role performing arts have played in the pursuit of social, transitional and criminal justice.

The Theater has collaborated with such noted companies as Epic Theatre Ensemble, Gotham Chamber Opera, and has also hosted prestigious events for Lincoln Center Festival, Great Performances, Juilliard, Alvin Ailey and numerous television specials for HBO and Comedy Central.

Members of the cast of “Soul Steps.”
Courtesy of Soul Steps

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