Photo by Christopher Duggan
The dynamic troupe from the Big Apple is in town Thursday night only to perform Mr. TOL E. RAncE (Mr. Tolerance).
A dance/theater work that excavates the history of black performance, the show combines comedy, animation, theater, live music and dance styles from hip-hop and African to modern, ballet and tap.
Mr. TOL E. RAncE celebrates black humor while drawing on popular and scholarly sources to investigate blackface, minstrelsy past and present and sundry other indignities black performers have been forced to tolerate.
The troupe’s founder and director, Camille A. Brown, regularly choreographs Broadway shows, but in her work for her own company, she says, she creates dance “stories and dialogues about race, culture and identity.”
Her dancers are regularly haled as “incredibly inventive and energetic.” One critic wrote that the eclectic Mr. TOL E. RAncE “had it all-heart, mind, soul, passion, full-out dancing and introspective solos.”
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 Centennial Hall. Tickets $19 to $65. Discounts for students, seniors, military and first responders. Tickets at the box office, by phone at 520-621-3341 or online.