Join Cynthia Oliver and her dancers for the World Premiere of Rigidigidim De Bamba De: Ruptured Calypso and a series of workshops and outreach activities exploring their creative process, Caribbean culture and the immigrant experience:


Master Classes - Mon., Sept. 28 and Oct. 5, 6pm-7:30pm, $10 per master class
Master Technique Class - CaribFunk is a blend of classical ballet and modern technique that treads on the boundaries of traditional African and Caribbean movement forms. This class moves exhibits culture, tradition, funk, and fusion. It is pulsating, percussive, and rhythmic. Styles of music include but are not limited to Afro-Cuban jazz, reggae, soca, calypso, zouk, salsa, and percussion.

Film Screening - Weds., Sept. 30, 7pm, $5

Film Screening – Bacchanal Time: The People’s Carnival, Directed by Ryan Saunders Bacchanal time presents a vivid and insightful portrait of the Trinidad styled Carnivals in North America that interweaves interviews, archival footage, and energetic parade scenes with bouncy Caribbean music.

Story Circle – Sun., Oct. 4, 2pm, FREE
Story circle - an adult class that begins with orienting ourselves to one another, introducing forms of movement and story and moves to incorporate workshop participants in sharing exercises which combine breath and theatrical performance techniques with individual and group storytelling. This workshop has the possibility to move from the topical, the whimsical, to expressions of deeply personal, communal and universal experience.

Special pre-show conversation on Saturday, October 10th at 7pm with scholar, writer, performer, & choreographer, Dr. Brenda Dixon Gottschild

Caribbean Dance Party – Sat., Oct. 10, immediately following the performance, FREE with show ticket
This presentation of Cynthia Oliver Co. Dance Theatre (COCo) was made possible in part by the MetLife Community Connections Fund of the National Dance Project, a program administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts. Major support for the National Dance Project is also provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from the Ford Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. COCo is funded in part by the National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund, co-commissioned by the Painted Bride Arts Center in partnership with the Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas, the Dance Place, Danspace Project, and Bates Dance Festival. COCo is also funded by the following: the Multi-Arts Production Fund - a program of Creative Capital, which is supported by the Rockefeller Foundation; The Edwards Foundation Arts Fund; and the Dance Department at University of Illinois, The University of Illinois Research and Creative Research Boards. This tour of COCo is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program. Additional tour support was received from the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts.