Iconic Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ‘We Shall Overcome’ Transcribed into Dance

Reimagine the relevance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s 57-year-old speech “We Shall Overcome” in Tommie-Waheed Evans’ “Bodies as Site of Faith and Protest.” The dancers perform across the Dallas landscape and explore the ideas of bodies uniting in protest through faith.

DBDT Directors Choice 2020
DBDT Directors Choice 2020

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “We Shall Overcome” speech is 57 years old, but his words still ring true today. In 2018, DBDT dancers performed to those soul-stirring, iconic words in the powerful work Bodies as Site of Faith and Protest. Choreographer Tommie-Waheed Evans explored the idea of bodies uniting in protest through faith. Embedded in this rich work, Dr. King’s speech becomes the embodiment of faith and protest. In 2018 Theater Jones described the piece as “both compelling and increasingly relevant.”


Virtual Performance

Saturday, November 14, 2020 

7:00 pm CST/ 8:00 pm EST

$30 per household. 


Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT) is an internationally recognized professional dance company that engages the cross-cultural community through contemporary modern dance presented from the African-American experience. The National Endowment for the Arts designated the 44-year-old company as an American Masterpiece Touring Artist in 2008.

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