Watch the unforgettable documentary Uprooted in a free in-person viewing May 8 and online May 11-22.

Then, join the virtual discussion hosted by DiversiTEA to explore and digest the rich themes offered in the film on May 18.

The Film

UPROOTED, free of any artificial narrative, is a cinematic exploration of this art form, paying homage to its lineage, celebrating its many re-interpretations and through a fast- moving kaleidoscope of movement and music will, inspire the dancer of tomorrow to keep this art form alive.

Occupying a contested artscape, Jazz Dance, with its historic and artistic roots in enslaved peoples is also a metaphor for struggle, resistance and acceptance.

Set against observational and experiential expressions from diverse practitioners against a linear examination of American history, we want to create a film that allows everyone to experience testimonials and exemplars from people that love jazz dance and believe it matters as much as life.

https://uprootedfilm.com/thefilm/

The Screening

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 8, 7pm

Location: Frame Dance Studio, 2426 Bartlett St, Suite D, Houston, TX 77098

Admission: Free (no RSVP required)

Email carolina.vennie@framedance.org to receive the link to view at your own time between May 11-May 22.

The Conversation

On Saturday, May 18th, DiversiTEA Collective will be hosting a deep dive discussion tackling the complex issues raised in the documentary.

All are welcome to discuss or simply listen and enjoy. Everyone signing up for the event will be sent a link to watch the documentary as part of a free streaming from May 11- 22. However, there is no need to watch the documentary before the event – just come along and join in – just remember to bring a cup of tea!

Please note the documentary is also available on HBO’s Max streaming service and some other streaming platforms.

While the film screening is free, the community discussion on May 18th will be a ticketed event. Proceeds from the $15 ticket will be donated to Frame Dance, a non-profit organization promoting inclusive movement for all bodies. Online film screening will continue through May 22nd for anyone who wishes to view the documentary after the community discussion.

About DiversiTEA Collective:

We are devoted students, members and former teachers of The Nia Technique community. We hold deep passion, commitment and curiosity towards seeing the world of dance, movement and fitness become more diverse, equitable and inclusive for all.

Our vision for DiversiTea events is to bring forward openness to various perspectives as we create brave spaces for conversation and growth. The means by which we do this is by exploring, expanding and learning how to be fully human in this big world.

After breaking away from Nia’s formal Diversity Equity and Inclusion council, this small collective continued to meet and launched our first program. Following up on that success we are now taking on other fascinating topics.

We heartily invite you to join us for this next adventure. Put the kettle on and join us for conversation and a cup of tea!