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Desert Dance Theatre presents 'Sister Moses'

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Posted: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 6:00 am

You probably remember Harriet Tubman from grade school history texts, but you’ve likely never seen her story presented the way Desert Dance Theatre does it.

The Tempe company uses dramatic narration, African drumming, a choral ensemble and, of course, dance in “Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman.”

Spirituals, slave songs and music of the Civil War era help illuminate pivotal episodes in Tubman’s life, from her days as a young slave on a plantation and her attempts at escape, to working with the Abolitionist movement on the Underground Railroad.

The presentation will begin with remarks by former Chandler mayor Coy C. Payne, the first African-American elected mayor in Arizona. Choirs from local churches will sing, and Axe Capoeira Arizona will perform. “Sister Moses,” which runs about 45 minutes, will follow after intermission.

DETAILS >> 8 p.m. Friday. Chandler Center for the Performing Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. $15. (480) 782-2680 or

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