UNC Asheville to Host Performance by Chuck Davis and African-American
Event Kicks Off Black History Month Celebration
UNC Asheville will kick off the University’s
observance of Black History Month with a lecture and demonstration by
Chuck Davis and the African-American Dance Ensemble. The group will
perform at noon Wednesday, Feb. 1, in UNC Asheville’s Highsmith
University Union, Alumni Hall. Chuck Davis and the African-American
Dance Ensemble will share the rich cultural traditions of African
customs and rituals through dance, song and music. Commentaries on
African history and folklore will accompany the performance. The event
is free and open to the public.
Davis, a North Carolina native, has been a
professional dancer since 1959. In 1983, he founded the African-American
Dance Ensemble in Durham. Since then, the troupe has performed
nationwide with a focus on presenting authentic African dance and music,
as well as culture and folklore.
The Philadelphia City Paper says, “The group is
dedicated to helping clue folks in on African culture and aesthetics.
They are missionaries in disguise, wearing colorful costumes while
dancing and playing up a musical storm. They'll impress you with
powerful polyphonic rhythms and syncopated footwork…. Call it classic
edu-tainment, dressed up as a theatrical dance concert.”
For more information,
call UNC Asheville’s Multicultural Student Programs at 828/232-5145.
- Deirdre Wiggins, UNC Asheville Multicultural Organizations and
Events Assistant Director, 828/232-5110
- Jill Yarnall, UNC Asheville Public Information Assistant Director,