Cleo Parker Robinson wows the New York Times

"Many dance company directors, especially the most venerable, keep to the wings, letting their dancers and the works speak for themselves. Cleo Parker Robinson is not one of those." That's the start of yesterday's New York Times piece that's basically a rave review for Cleo Parker Robinson.

Oh, and the dance troupe she founded in 1970 isn't bad, either.

The Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble performed four pieces -- including "Fusion," a world premiere of by Haitian choreographer Jeanguy Saintus and the circa '70s Spiritual Suite" by Robinson herself -- at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors program on Friday night, when "the 64-year-old Ms. Robinson ran short of breath verbally working the audience," reports writer Brian Seibert. "She praised it and New York City, introducing the pieces, talking about her life and art, giving shout-outs to Katherine Dunham and Alvin Ailey. She rapped black-pride rhymes by Maya Angelou. She swung her hips in a short and sparkly dress and looked mighty fine doing so."

And in inspiring a review like this, Cleo makes Colorado look mighty fine, too.

Read the complete Times piece here. And you can see the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble yourself this weekend, when the group presents "Roots of the Journey," featuring "Fusion" as well as other pieces performed in New York, at the Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder. Find more information here; for tickets, call 303-440-7666.

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