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Flow is a series of inspiring and exciting events elevating and celebrating African American culture and artistic expression. It features top Black artists from around the world — and closer to home. The goal for the series is to attract a highly diverse, culturally adventurous audience and create a shared and elevated appreciation for artists of color. Flow complements and expands the region’s existing inventory of multicultural experiences offered by local arts organizations.

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Upcoming Performances

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company: "Retro/ACTIVE"

February 21-22, 2020

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"Retro/ACTIVE" features DCDC's masterworks celebrating the company’s 51st season, plus a NEW work by DCDC's Chief Artistic Administrator & Producing Director Debbie Blunden-Diggs. Works include: Vespers (premiered 1986), Ulysses Dove's touching poetic tribute to woman hood; On the Wings of Angels (premiered 1996), Warren Spear's soaring tribute to the Tuskegee airman; and Indestructible (Premiered 2018), Abby Zbikowski's tribute to the endurance of those who struggle for justice.

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Jazzmeia Horn

May 1-2, 2020

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Gifted jazz vocalist Jazzmeia Horn brings her award-winning vocals to Greater Cincinnati May 1-2. Jazzmeia Horn has a name that speaks for itself capturing her very essence. Jazzmeia has earned a reputation as a rising star. She has appeared in world famous jazz festivals and legendary jazz clubs. Her accolades include the 2013 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program at The Kennedy Center ­Washington D.C., the Rising Star Award for the 2012 Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Jazz Competition, Finalist for Mid­ Atlantic Jazz Vocal Competition 2014, and the 2015 16th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium’s Young Lioness Award.

Currently, Jazzmeia is a teaching artist in The NJPAC Well’s Fargo­ Jazz for Teens Program and Jazz In The Schools Program in Newark, New Jersey. She appears in various clubs on the jazz scene nationally and internationally leading her dynamic group “The Artistry of Jazz Horn” which includes pianist, bassist, drummer, saxophonist, poet, dancer and herself, vocalist.

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Lil Buck & Jon Boogz: "Love Heals All Wounds"

September 26, 2020

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Photo credit: Colin Hornett

Founded by Jon Boogz and Lil Buck, MAI (Movement Art Is) is an organization that uses movement artistry to inspire and change the world while elevating the artistic, educational, and social impact of dance.

"Love Heals All Wounds" sheds an impassioned light on the social issues we face as a global community. It is a collision of traditional and new school, of classical notes and street culture. The power of live performance and the melding of art forms is a testament that the arts serve as a universal language to stir dialogue to bridge social, geographic and economic divides. "Love Heals All Wounds" hopes to move beyond the stage and into the world, inspiring community action and reigniting our commitment to empathy and joy. With a conscious effort to move dance to a more theatrical piece, Boogz and Buck work with the most exceptional crossover dance and theater dramaturgs and designers in the nation. They provide insight and ensure that the choreography, music, spoken word and all other design elements serve the piece to highest artistic integrity and impact.

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Norm Lewis: "Naughty & Nice"

December 4-5, 2020

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Norm Lewis can be seen starring in the upcoming Netflix film "Da 5 Bloods" by Spike Lee. He was recently seen in the NBC television special, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert!” and appeared in the Broadway revival of Once on This Island. He recently appeared as Sweeney Todd in the Off-Broadway production of "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" at the Barrow Street Theatre, which earned him an AUDELCO Award for his performance. In 2014, he made history as the first African American Phantom in "The Phantom of the Opera" on Broadway.

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