Taking Our Place Centerstage: The African Diaspora in Harmony

The Ordway, together with members of the African and African American communities, is committed to continuing a robust partnership of creative programming, education and entertainment that inspires us all.

Take part in the spirit of Taking of Our Place Center Stage: The African Diaspora in Harmony by joining us at the Ordway and in the community for a rich array of artistic and cultural expressions, including: 

  • World-class performances 
  • Classes & lecture demonstrations led by professional artists 
  • A two-week art exhibition 
  • Social gatherings and conversations

Rennie Harris Puremovement
Rennie Harris Puremovement
Fri, Feb 7 – 7:30

Learn about Pre- & Post-Show Events

Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Sun, Feb 9 – 7:30

Learn about Pre- & Post-Show Events

Maria de Barros
Maria de Barros
Wed, Feb 19 – 7:30

Learn about Pre- & Post-Show Events

The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess
The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess
Tue, Mar 25 & Wed, Mar 26

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May 31 – June 1

Fine Arts Exhibit

Experience the inspiring work of visual artists in a unique exhibition in the Ordway lobbies. Four Twin Cities-based artists will share their perspectives through work that explores the themes of sound, movement and memory, inspired
by the Ordway performances in February, 2014. 

The Art Exhibit is open to ticket-holders of performances from Feb 7 – Feb 19.

Visual Artists

Catherine Kennedy • Memory Artist
Jaques Elate Joss • Movement Artist
Douglas Ewart • Sound Artist
Shirley Jones • Youth Artist


Roderic “hernub” Southall – Curator 
Hawona Sullivan Janzen – Curator 
Susan Roberts – Art Historian 

The Art Exhibit is curated with guidance and input from lead curators, Vision Council and Advisors.

Classes and Workshops

Free Knowledge Sessions in B-boying and Funk Dances
Feb 5 | 6pm – 7:30pm Ordway
Celebrate the legacy of b-boying and funk dances in Minnesota with leading practitioners in the community. Free and open to all ages. Pre-registration required.

Master Class with Rennie Harris PUREMOVEMENT
Feb 6 | 6:30pm – 8pm Ordway
Join Rennie Harris Pure Movement dancers in a hip-hop explosion master class featuring social dances of the 80s, 90s and today. $10 Pre-registration is required.

African Influences in Caribbean Cultural Dance and Drum
Feb 19 | 5:30-6:30pm
Experience a dance class that partners local teachers in West African djembe dances and bomba. $10 Pre-registration is required.

Vision Council

Mahmoud El Kati
Titilayo Bediako
Andrea Jenkins
Tom Gitaa
Nneka Onyilofor
Hawona Sullivan Janzen
Shegitu Kebede
Maria Isa Perez
Sherine Crooms Onukwuwe

Vision Council Members are committed to meetings and supporting the vision, performances and surrounding events throughout the year. We are also grateful to the many organizations partners, including Youthprise, with special thanks to Marcus Pope and Wokie Weah for their support through the Honoring Our Common Heritage & Promoting Solidarity: A Black History Month Celebration taking place February 19-21, 2014. Visit youthprise.org/bhm2014 for more information.

Program Staff

Robin P. Hickman, Director of Taking Our
Place Centerstage

Leah Nelson, TOPC Program Manager

Shanell McCoy, TOPC Program Assistant

Brittany L McCreary/Lyriq La’Shay,
TOPC Program Assistant

Sherine Crooms Onukwuwe,
TOPC Photographer/Videographer

James Rocco, Ordway’s Vice President and
Producing Artistic Director

Dayna Martinez, Ordway’s Artistic Director
of World Music and Dance and the
Flint Hills International Children’s Festival

Shelley Quiala, Ordway Ordway’s Director
of Arts Education and Engagement