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Collage Dance Company's "Healing the Spirit"

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The Collage Dance Company of Durham believes strongly that the movement of dance has healing powers. With shows from Feb. 14 to 16, the CDC will explore different approaches to healing through music and dance with Healing the Spirit, held at the Durham Arts Council. The first of these approaches is titled "Djelli Musso," which means female griot. The purpose of this piece is to reflect on healing by learning the past from elders. The griot's story illuminates the remarkable origins of her people. "Djelli Musso" is originally from the African American Dance Ensemble, but is reinterpreted for CDC by assistant director Toni Hall. The next segment "The Flexbo," replicates the nature of children and animals. Choreographed by local dancer Thaddeus Bennett, martial arts are also integrated into this piece signifying spiritual battles. The CDC will also offer an interpretation of "Isicathulo," a South African gumboot dance originally invented as a joyful release from their oppressive and unsatisfying lives as workers in diamond mines. Other dances from Healing The Spirit include "Street Funk," "Set for the 21st Century," and "Sorsonay," a tribute to the work and dedication of mothers. This West African dance pays homage to these women who helped to make a strong nation. Healing the Spirit begins at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 14 and 15, 3 p.m. on Feb. 16. The Durham Arts Council, is located at 120 Morris St., Durham. Call 493-8501 for more information. Admission will be $10 for the general public, $5 for students and seniors.

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