I was lucky to have studied ballet and dance in my youth. Even though life took me down a different path I still love dance and everything about it. Whenever I come across an interesting dancer I get excited. Have you ever heard of Angela Bowen? I only recently learned about her. She is a role models for girls around the world.
Watch this YouTube video trailer for the “Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen”.
Please support the film at www.jenniferabod.com and consider bringing Passionate Pursuits to your community.The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen is the story about a young black girl who came of age during the Jim Crow era in the 1940s and 50s in Roxbury, Massachusetts, and how her early home life and experiences influenced her passions, mission and strategies for survival over six decades.
In the film, Angela Bowen, a passionate dancer, choreographer, teacher, activist, writer, and professor confronts racism, sexism, and homophobia, transforming her own life, and the lives of those around her. The through-line in Passionate Pursuits reveals how Bowen managed to be her authentic self wherever and whenever she stood–from the stages of the La Scala Opera House to the university classroom.
Bowen’s stories and compelling interviews with her dance mentor, Elma Lewis, former dance partner, Kenneth “Kamal” Scott, former students–dance and academic–lesbian and gay activists, educators, family members, and colleagues, illuminate the challenges that she faced, the depth of her Influence, and encompass the major cultural and social justice movements of our time.
Passionate Pursuits is important to anyone who wants to know more about the experiences and complexities of black women’s lives, the history of Black Dance, and the emergence of Black Feminism and its importance in white women’s lives.
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