Feb. 10: Cleo Parker Robinson Dance explores Afro-Mexican struggles, heritage

Cleo Parker Dance-LogoPULLMAN, Wash. — Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, one of America’s foremost modern dance companies, will perform “MictlanRx” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, in Washington State University’s Jones Theatre.

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance uses the language of movement to honor African American heritage and explore the human condition. Based in Denver, the ensemble has performed throughout the United States and in more than 20 countries on five continents.

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance troop to perform "Mictlan" Feb. 10 at WSU Jones Theatre.
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance troop to perform “Mictlan” Feb. 10 at WSU Jones Theatre.

“MictlanRx” portrays the life and struggles of indigenous and Afro-Mexican people through an audacious, avant-garde dance vocabulary that also features the donkey jawbone, a traditional Afro-Mexican instrument.

Reserved seating for this performance costs $22 adults, $18 non-WSU students and $16 youth under 16. Tickets for the first 100 WSU students are free with valid ID and may be picked up in advance at WSU’s Beasley Coliseum ticket office, open 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Tickets are on sale now at all TicketsWest outlets, including online at TicketsWest.com, by phone at 800-325-SEAT, and in person at Beasley Coliseum and the Rosauers Supermarket in Lewiston, Idaho. Advance ticket sales are subject to service charges at all locations except Beasley. The Daggy Hall box office will open two hours before the performance for will-call and ticket sales, subject to availability.

“MictlanRx” asks the audience to reflect on how modern socio-economic systems impact indigenous and Afro-Mestizo communities. How are they consumed in body and soul by the modern world? How do they begin their spiritual journey to Mictlan, where everything is festive and warm and everyone is equal?

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance is presented by Festival Dance and Performing Arts, in residence at the University of Idaho, and WSU Performing Arts, with generous support from the Residence Inn by Marriott Pullman and the Courtyard by Marriott Pullman.

Parking for this performance will be available without permits or fees in the Daggy Hall parking garage and in the Green 3 lot directly across the street from Daggy Hall.



  • Gail Siegel, WSU Performing Arts, 509/335-8522, gsiegel@wsu.edu
  • Abby Glanville, Festival Dance & Performing Arts, 208/883-3267, abby@festivaldance.org

Next Story

WSU energy initiatives partner to provide sustainable solutions

The new Institute for Northwest Energy Futures, led by inaugural Director Noel Schulz, is partnering with WSU Extension to come up with ways to better supply energy to the people and enterprises of the state.

Recent News

WSU online MBA programs recognized by CEO Magazine

CEO Magazine has ranked the Carson College of Business online MBA and executive MBA programs as No. 38 out of 78 and No. 22 out of 57 in its 2024 rankings of global recognition.