The Gala Premiere of Comanche: Hero Complexities will be held Friday, September 22, at 7pm in the UNCG Auditorium.

Comanche: Hero Complexities is a multidisciplinary work created by Duane Cyrus and Theatre of Movement that is inspired by the heroic acts of Charles W. David, Jr., a Caribbean American United States Coast Guardsman who lost his life helping to save nearly 100 drowning servicemen in the icy waters off Greenland during World War II. It investigates the possible confluence of questions surrounding themes of rescue, self-sacrifice, and heroism when black male bodies are positioned in contemporary spaces. Comanche: Hero Complexities Gala Premiere will feature special guest performers and speakers including tap dancer Maurice Chestnut (Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk) and ballet star Brooklyn Mack who partnered Misty Copeland in Swan Lake at the Kennedy Center. The evening will include works choreographed, directed, or curated by Duane Cyrus in collaboration with local artists Joseph Johnson, Josephus III, and Justin TheBeloved, among others.

Tickets are available online through Triad Stage at this link, or you may visit the Triad Stage Box Office, located at 232 South Elm Street, Greensboro. Their telephone number is (336) 242-0160.

Learn more about the Theatre of Movement by visiting this link.

Learn more about Comanche: Hero Complexities by visiting this link.

(Credit: Photo of dancer Billy Hawkains by Mark Wagoner.)