Legendary dancer Cleo Parker Robinson’s final performance will be Friday

Famous singer and 70-year-old Denver indigenous Cleo Parker Robinson will take her final grand twist on the dance floor Friday night through her ensemble’s “Rhapsody in Black” on the University of Denver campus.

“It’s rich that nothing feels final for mepersonally, ” Robinson said. “This really is an extraordinary new start. I am going to have ball. ”

The dance concert celebrates the tradition of black Americans in Paris by telling the tales of entertainer Josephine Baker, dancer and choreographer Katherine Dunham, novelist James Baldwin and poet Langston Hughes.

The performance was inspired with the climate in the nation and being a product of the Civil Rights movement,” Robinson said.

“How do we return to feeling pathetic? ” Robinson requested. “Mostly I was feeling like the nation was split, and there have been many people who felt the way in the ’60s, and they abandoned our nation. Why did they leave? Things start to occur which are so inhumane and if they ’ re not handled , they will not want to live in this nation that’s supposed to be a mecca for all people. ”

Robinson will play “Barrelhouse Blues” as a tribute to Dunham, who choreographed the dance to Robinson in 1994 for its nearly 50-year-old Denver cultural establishment Cleo Parker Robinson Dance. Robinson has achieved the dance around the Earth, with everything coming full circle in her hometown Friday.

Robinson explained her role as an older girl who embarks on an adventure to a little Chicago bar on a chilly night.

“She has the guts to proceed, and she’s herself a moment of happiness,” Robinson said. “It really doesn’t turn out the way she believes it might, but she reflects it was for a couple moments. ”

When interviewed, the award-winning singer didn’t need to represent Friday being her conclusive performance. Rather, she wanted to focus on passing her legacy on for her troupe.

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“It’s this energy whenever I realize the job is always to be awarded and contributed in the manner that was passionate and compassionate,” Robinson said. “I think it s time to pass this on, and I’m going to continue doing the job. ”

Tickets are still available for the 7:30 p.m. Friday performance in the Newman Center for Performing Arts’ Gates Concert Hall. Tickets range from $35 to $45 based on age and can be bought in newmantix.com or by telephone in 303-871-7720.

The outfit will be performed Saturday night and Sunday day, though Robinson is scheduled to take the stage Friday night.

“I feel enthusiastic ” Robinson said. “It’s going to be a fantastic performance, and I sense a lot of blessings. ”

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