ALABAMA 200 is an unprecedented opportunity to experience and explore the state of Alabama. It is a chance to celebrate our place in each of the 67 counties that stretch from the Shoals to the shores. Between 2017 and 2019, ALABAMA 200 will engage residents and visitors in educational programs, community activities, and statewide initiatives that teach, inspire, and entertain. The Bicentennial themes include “Discovering Our Places,” “Honoring Our People,” and “Sharing Our Stories.”

Celebrating Alabama’s Cultural Perspectives

The Alabama Dance Council (ADC) is participating in Alabama’s Bicentennial by honoring and celebrating the different cultural perspectives that are a part of our history and that make up our current population today. Our different cultural perspectives will be explored through dance to delve into personal history and identity, connected by the themes of place, home, and community. The ADC’s two-year celebration includes:

  • The Ballet Memphis residency on January 15-21 at the 2018 Alabama Dance Festival with the presentation of the I AM project in partnership with UAB’s Alys Stephens Center;
  • The Engaging Dance Audiences project “Stories in Motion: Community Celebration Gatherings” in five Alabama communities in January and April, 2018;
  • The 2019 Alabama Dance Festival on January 5-27 featuring multiple Bicentennial dance performances:
    • Birmingham Dance Showcase: Celebrating Our Cultural Perspectives, January 5, 2019, 12:30pm, Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex Theatre
    • Opening Reception and Gallery Performance, January 25, 2019, 6:00 pm, Vulcan Materials Gallery, Alabama School of Fine Arts
    • Rosy Simas Danse, Weave, January 25, 2019, 8:00 pm, Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre, Alabama School of Fine Arts
    • Revising Traditions in Antebellum SpacesJanuary 26, 2019, 2:00pm-4:00pm, Arlington Home and Gardens, rsvp
    • New Works Concert, January 26, 2019, 4:00 pm, Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre, Alabama School of Fine Arts
    • Stories in Motion: A Community Celebration Gathering, January 26, 2019, 7:00 pm, Odess Theatre, UAB’s Alys Stephens Center
    • Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre, January 26, 2019, 8:00 pm, Jemison Concert Hall, UAB’s Alys Stephens Center
    • Alabama Dance Showcase, January 27, 2019, 2:00 pm, Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre, Alabama School of Fine Arts
    • Rosy Simas Danse, WeaveJanuary 31, 2019, 6:00 pm, Poarch Band of Creek Indians Community Center, Atmore, Alabama