A musician and a dancer come together to touch our emotions through music and rhythm.
On Saturday, November 4th, Chicago musician, Sam Trump, and dancer, Joshua L. Ishmon, held the last of two showings of their production of Colors: A Soulful Experience. Performed at the Chicago Cultural Center, seven dancers performed routines choreographed by Ishmon to music Trump produced himself, with the help of other musicians.
During the performance, each color was a representation of emotions and had hints of social issues displayed in the performances. Blue was a representation of unity and hope, while white was a representation of being transitioning, whether it was transitioning from one part of your life to another or transitioning from life to death. Green was based on the idea willpower and the sense of adventure. Yellow depicted the feeling of fear and greed in the government, while purple represented compassion and the appreciation of same-gender love. The show ended with black, a representation of rebirth with influences of the African diaspora. Ishmon explained during the Q&A discussion that he wanted black to represent something positive because, too many time, the world portrays the color black as something negative.
My favorite part of the show was the representation of the color red, which was meant to show rage. A poet by the name of King Swank from Gary, Indiana performed a spoken word piece about the rage he has as a black man in America. Racism, poverty, violence were just a few topics he touched on in his performance. Swank also touched on this year’s election and expressed how we are essentially voting for the lesser of two evils, even touching on Clinton’s role in privatized prisons. Something that was much needed to be said a few days before the elections.
Colors: A Soulful Experience plans on expanding the production and showing this more in the future, but it can only be done with help of donation to the company that helped put the show together, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater.
To find out more go to www.deeplyrooteddancetheater.org and you check out Sam Trump and King Swank on SoundCloud and follow Joshua Ishmon on Facebook!