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Originally produced in 2005, and a perfect revival to close the company's 40th anniversary season, Crossin' Over is powerfully effective, seamlessly connected storytelling delivered through traditional and popular music. The story is the unique experience of Africans brought to America through the slave trade. Told through song rather than spoken dialogue, Crossin' Over is comprised of five musical suites and an accompanying opening melody which establishes the major themes. 

The show is anchored by the voices of Amber Rose, Herman L. Gordon, and Kelvin Roston, Jr., who provide the majority of the lead vocals. Rose has a voice that is effortlessly pure and augmented by an impressive range. Gordon and Roston, Jr. are an earthy, soulful complement to Rose's ethereal melodies, bringing rich, vibrant depth to their leads. Near perfect harmonies and additional solos from J. Samuel Davis, Michael Lowe, Leah Steward, and Maureen L. Williams add texture and variety. Featured dancer Venezia Manuel extends, articulates, and interprets the songs with the same emotional intensity and passion as the capable ensemble.

Each of the five suites presents an important transition in African American history: from freedom to bondage; from slavery to emancipation; from south to north; and from segregation to civil rights. The songs and choreography, a mix of traditional African and modern dance, create a fluid timeline that resonates with immense pride and deeply rooted traditions. The songs and dances move from suite to suite in concert with the major themes. Traditional African songs and dances open the show then adroitly transition, weaving in American gospel, blues, and popular music as well as modern dance reminiscent of Katherine Dunham and Alvin Ailey.

The opening medley introduces the theme and the show begins its natural, seemingly organic, movement forward. The African Suite is filled with daily tasks and celebration. Manuel punctuates the songs with lively traditional dance and percussionists Donald Ray, Jackie Sharp, and Atum Jones join the cast on stage. Their taps, slaps, and beats resound in perfect synchronicity with Manuel's dances and the songs, or vice versa. Banners with African prints unfurl and Mark Wilson's lighting deftly draws and shifts our attention. 

This suite transitions abruptly to the Crossing Over in Slave Ships section of the "Captivity Suite," ending with the suggestive sway of the ocean and close ship hold quarters packed with people. The tension is high and filled with confusion, illness, and brutality. This section is intimately real and painful, and, though beautifully articulated, difficult to watch because it is such an effective reminder of how cruel humans can be in their treatment of each other. Fear, confusion, and concern are apparent on every actor's face. The second part of the suite, The Auction Block, features the unfurling of a slave auction advertisement, a striking visual emphasis of the history we're witnessing. 

The "Civil Rights Suite" is equally compelling and uncomfortable, though it offers glimmers of hope that humanity can change, a feeling that is underscored by the joyful and uplifting Contemporary Suite. Additional banners, part of the strong, but simple set design by Jim Burwinkel, provide context and are pointedly used by director Himes. At times the actors feel crowded and compressed in the space, at other times there's an expansive and unforgiving distance implied. The cumulative effect is cohesive, captivating storytelling that's visually and expressively stunning.

The songs reflect the era of the timeline, and the uniform strength of the ensemble, as well as contributions by each vocalist on almost every song, make it difficult to site a single stand out piece. "Crossin' Over," "No Way," "Kakilambe," "Motherless Child," "Lord How Come Me?" and the closing medley are memorable numbers from the first act. In the second act, "Blues Medley," "It's Gonna Rain/Didn't It Rain," "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize," "Strange Fruit" and "Rise Up" stand out as spectacular and pleasingly textured renditions. In addition to the percussionists, musical director and keyboardist Charles Creath, bassist Willian "Rainey" Rainer, and drummer Jeffrey Booman Burks provide solid accompaniment.

Crossin' Over, in performance through June 18, 2017 at the Black Rep on the campus of Harris Stowe, is an evocative production. Ron Himes' curated musical features songs new and familiar, and Creath's arrangements make the most of each performer's voice, with leads Rose, Gordon, and Roston, Jr. setting a high standard. Layered storytelling engages multiple senses while the cast expertly conveys the unique experience of African American history with grace, power, and dignity.

 

A very important Element for good Web Design Web Design is Typography. This Template delivers you sophisticated typography, various stylings and awesome functions for nice styling of your content.

  • Get an awesome styling to give your customers the best clarity
  • A lot of different elements for you, most of them are easy to include using our shortcode system
  • All elements are styled with CSS so no loading of images or other elements

Demo


This is an H1 Header

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This is an H2 Header

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This is an H3 Header

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This is an H4 Header

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This is an Special Headline

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How to use

{h1-special | Headline here}

Blockquotes

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How to use

{blockquote}Your Content goes here{/blockquote} {blockquote}Your Content goes here{/blockquote-name | Name here}

You can use this Shortcodes everywhere in your content, click here to find out more.


Testimonial

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How to use

{testimonial}Your Content goes here{testimonial-name | Name or Link here}

You can use this Shortcodes everywhere in your content, click here to find out more.


Icons

Beside the usual image icons we integrate Font Awesome v.4 with over 350 icons. In a single collection, Font Awesome is a pictographic language of web-related actions. Easily style icon color, size, shadow, and anything that's possible with CSS. You can read more about it here.


Progress Bars

  • Animated Progress Bar0%
  • Animated Progress Bar10%
  • Animated Progress Bar20%
  • Animated Progress Bar30%
  • Animated Progress Bar40%
  • Animated Progress Bar50%
  • Animated Progress Bar60%
  • Animated Progress Bar70%
  • Animated Progress Bar80%
  • Animated Progress Bar90%
  • Animated Progress Bar100%

How to use

{progress | Your Text here | Percent Value} {progress | Animated Progress Bar | 60}

Labels

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Dermau ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur label-warning elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut sumus ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Dermau ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore.


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How to use

{label | label, label-success, label-templatecolor, label-warning, label-important, label-info, label-inverse | Your Text goes here} {label | label-success | Awesome} = Awesome

You can use this Shortcodes everywhere in your content, click here to find out more.


This is an Horizontal Rule
This is an Horizontal Rule width a individual distance

{liner | Enter margin pixels here (top, right, bottom, left)} {liner | 21px 0 22px 0} Or use {line} to create a simple Line This is an space for you if needed - attention: of course it's not visible
{spacer | Enter the height of the whitespace in pixels} {spacer | 120px}

We have integrated a awesome Page Preloader, this is a simple Module which can be assigned to specific pages or to your whole site. For example, simply activate it on pages where you have heavy Images to load to get a nice preloading of this Site only.

  • Choose a Individual Background Color for the Preloader
  • Use simple animated Gifs, 5 are already included for light and dark Backgrounds
  • Setup the Time the Preloader should fade out

Demo

You have already seen it as you have opened this site. Click the below Button to reload this Page.

Show me the preloading


How to use

This function is made with an simple joomla module which is included in the download package of this theme.

This awesome Template comes with nice styled included tooltips for your own use. Many features, options and styles combined with an easy to use shortcode system for the developer make this tooltip to a new experience in content styling for the sophisticated user of joomla. See the full feature list, the demo and the usage above.

  • Works perfect on mobile devices, first tap to open, second to link
  • Also you can control where the Tooltip appears, choose from left or right, top, bottom or auto
  • Tooltip View is made with CSS3 only so no images are to load

Demo

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Tooltip Top | Tooltip Bottom | Tooltip Left | Tooltip Right | Tooltip Auto

Tooltip as a Button   Tooltip as a Button   Tooltip as a Button


How to use

You can use this Shortcodes everywhere in your content, click here to find out more.

{tooltip | your Link | Place here Content of the Tooltip | Position (left, right, top, bottom, auto) | Word for Tooltip} {tooltip | # | I'm a Tooltip | top | Tooltip} = Tooltip

Attention: you always must write the position like top or bottom in lowercases, maybe TOP will produce an error and the tooltip won't work!

Also some styles of mobile friendly Tabs are included in this Joomla Template. Simply organize your content in a nice and comfortable way, this module is like many others also included in the download package.

  • Two styles to choose from, all well designed and of course fully responsive to work on all devices
  • Place your content using your favorite Wysiwig editor easily directly in the module
  • Choose for every tab module which tab should be open at the first visit of your page

Demo - Left Tabs

Simple Joomla Tab Module, concepted and developed for easy handling of your Content Tabs


Demo - Centered Tabs

Simple Joomla Tab Module, concepted and developed for easy handling of your Content Tabs


How to use

This function is made with an simple joomla module which is included in the download package of this theme.