If anyone is up to the task of presenting critical movements in American history in the form of dance -- from the violent actions employed by the abolitionist John Brown to the participatory democracy of the Occupy movement -- Robert Moses is. Dance company Robert Moses' Kin, now in its 18th season, presents "NEVABAWARLDAPECE," which explores the liberation movements, insurrections, and revolts from the 19th century to today.
With the aid of blues musician and composer Corey Harris, Moses casts his gaze upon the citizens who make up the greater populace, exploring how the often under-represented individuals struggle to shape and transform society. Moses' choreography is best known for presenting sophisticated performances that engage, but don't confound, the audience. A far cry from the frighteningly thin ballet dancers we are accustomed to seeing teetering across the stage, Kin dancers tend to be athletic, demonstrating staggering speed and endurance. They do not lack technical skills, but they refuse to be oppressed by them, embracing the natural movements of the human body as much as the complicated, gravity-defying turns and leaps that leave the audience stunned. Carl Hancock Rux and Afro-Celtic vocalist Laura Love provide the musical and lyrical backdrop.
"NEVABAWARLDAPECE" starts Friday, Jan. 25at 8 p.m. (also Jan. 26-27) at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission, S.F. Admission is $25-$50.
Here's a sample of Robert Moses' Kin dancers performing at YBCA: