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BlackRock Center for the Arts

Soul in Motion

We're kicking off our 23/24 season by bringing you the rich culture of West Africa with Soul In Motion, a treasured DC dance company.

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Soul in Motion
Soul in Motion

Time & Location

Sep 22, 2023, 8:00 PM

BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr, Germantown, MD 20874, USA

About the Event

Experience the rich culture of West Africa with Soul In Motion, a treasured DC dance company.

Combining colorful costumes, spirited movements, and energetic drumming rhythms, this expert ensemble delivers an exciting performance that inspires all ages.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

In 1984 Michael Friend and his sister Khandi started performing as the Soul In Motion Players. The debut performance was at Michael’s alma mater, Howard University during Black History Month. Original members included HU Fine Arts Department Grads Cheryl Butler Poole, Gregory H. Poole, Gisele Jackson, & Wanda Whiteside. The troupe began touring to other colleges and universities on the East Coast.

SIMPINC was performing famous works from highly acclaimed writers including the Last Poets, Maya Angelou, & James Baldwin.

In 1989 Michael resigned from his government job to pursue the SIMPINC dream. Soul In Motion became a full-time touring company with its busy season occurring during Black History Month. The group would hit the road for week-long stints. While attending a NACA convention in October 1989, Michael began writing his first play, WE ARE AFRICA. This script was inspired by Tony Browder’s book, From the Browder Files. Later that Fall, the script was completed, the roles were cast, and the group hit the road. Soul In Motion went on to tour WE ARE AFRICA for 13 seasons. During this time-frame, the group grew from just 4 company members to a full ensemble including drummers and dancers. Michael’s longtime friend, Keith Stephens joined the tour as technical director. Keith’s role continues to provide a key element to Soul In Motion’s success.

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