DARTMOUTH — The story of the long journey of Cape Verdean people — from the archipelago’s settlement and slavery to immigration and life as an independent nation — will be told in a multi-media show next week at UMass Dartmouth.
Kaminhu Longe, The Long Journey, a free performance of contemporary Cape Verdean Dance, will be presented Thursday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the university’s Bailey Theatre/Main Auditorium.
Choreographed by New Bedford resident Zezinho Semedo, the production will incorporate music, spoken word, theater, movement and film to tell a story bolstered by Cape Verdean culture and history.
Performed by six dancers, the 75-minute show features traditional and contemporary Cape Verdean rhythms and musical styles, incorporating traditional dances such as Funana, Mazurka, Tabanka and Kutorno.
Zezinho Semedo is a choreographer, instructor and performer originally from Cape Verde. After receiving classical training at the Cape Verde School of Ballet, he became immersed in contemporary African dance expressions.
Founder of the Renato Cardoso Company of Cape Verde and a founding member of Raiz di Polon, he has taught numerous workshops and classes in Portugal and Cape Verde and has performed in numerous countries.
Since 2001, he has collaborated with Culture*Park of New Bedford, a not-for-profit collaborative of theatre and performing artists and entities that supports the production and development of new works in theatre and dance. He is director and lead dance artist with Culture Park’s Cabo Dance Project, where he facilitates dance workshops for young people and adults.