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Celebrated Alvin Ailey dancer/choreographer Matthew Rushing’s Uptown creates an episodic tour through 1920s Harlem bringing to life the rich artistic activity of the era. The audience encounters characters both real and fictional and scenes—a busy street, a rent party, a night at the Savoy ballroom—that highlight major moments in music, literature, the visual arts and dance.

Marking our 30th Anniversary, COCA brings Uptown to life in a collaborative production between its five pre-professional dance, voice and theatre companies as well as with musicians from Jazz St. Louis in a showcase celebration of the power of the arts. (105 min., includes intermission)


Friday, April 7 | 7:00 PM
Saturday, April 8 | 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM
Sunday, April 9 | 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

Uptown Rent Party Concert

March 8, 2017, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Celebrate the music of the Harlem Renaissance with an exciting and unique performance in the Ferring Jazz Bistro featuring music of Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, Fletcher Henderson, James P. Johnson, and many more.

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Harlem Renaissance: Contemporary Response

Harlem Renaissance: Contemporary Response is a juried visual art exhibition featuring works by Emerging or Young Artists inspired by artists associated with the Harlem Renaissance (1918-1937)

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