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Diaspora Dances in Santa Monica to be Webcasted Live

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I think we all learned that the United States is a melting pot of people and cultures and that it began that way and continues in that direction, in spite of recent immigration hassles. Award winning choreographer/director Keith Glassman has taken off from that fact and created Far From Home, a multimedia, interdisciplinary evening length piece he will premiere this weekend at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica (June 26-27). In foreign and familiar languages and with movement ranging from enigmatic gesture to shout-and-holler Krump dancing, Glassman says that the intergenerational multi-ethnic cast of eleven reveals some of the secrets of cultural endurance. Hmmm . . . . Collaborating artists include videographers Jerome Thomas and Ian Zinn, Klezmatics composer Frank London, costume designer Marcus Kuiland-Nazario and installation artist Pat Payne. Musical accompaniment ranges from Klezmer to Mexican corridos to calypso, with a shot of taiko also in the mix.