You Nearly Missed: Celebrating Black culture through dance in “Diana Ross Dream”

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      A new dance performance celebrating Black culture and unity will soon take the stage in Vancouver.

      Diana Ross Dream, a production by former Vancouverite Aisha Sasha John, will be performed at Left of Main on March 1 and 2, capping off Black History Month in the city.

      Inspired by the iconic 1978 film The Wiz, in which Diana Ross portrays Dorothy, the performance explores themes of camaraderie and the importance of mutual support. 

      In Diana Ross Dream, the Black community is depicted as a sanctuary where individuals find solace and strength in each other’s presence. 

      "Montreal, summer 2015: I fell asleep to a question and was answered in the form of a dream: Diana Ross on Broadway in a sea of rose gold costumed dancers,” says John, now based in Toronto, in a statement, “a dream of spiritedness and belonging so vivid as to announce itself as instruction, as a call.”

      The show is being presented by Plastic Orchid Factory and Electric Company Theatre. 

      Diana Ross Dream in Vancouver

      March 1 and 2, 7pm

      Where: Left of Main (211 Keefer Street, Vancouver)

      Tickets: $5 to $50, available here