Civil Twilight: Reflections on Fear, Courage, and Resilience

With Core Performance Company, Leron McAdoo, Marcus Montgomery, and Central High’s Writeous Poetry Club, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Tania León, and Michael Warrick

Sept. 24, 6:00-7:15 pm, Central High School Commemorative Garden, designed by Michael R. Warrick and Aaron P. Hussey

Daisy L. Gatson Bates Dr. and South Park Street

“Civil Twilight” is a site-specific dance and spoken word performance that commemorates, in part, the Little Rock Nine, the nine African-American students who courageously entered Little Rock’s Central High School on September 25, 1957, ushering in a continued endeavor for equal education under the law. The presentation will take place in the Commemorative Garden adjacent to the school. Audience members will experience the performance as it winds along the garden’s path, past nine benches and nine trees, through the centerpiece of the garden: two arches, mirroring those on the school’s façade, which feature reflective photographic images from Central High yearbooks. To close the performance event, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Tania León, creators of the Little Rock Nine opera (scheduled for completion in July 2018), will make brief remarks about the ability of the arts to create social change. Core Performance Company’s Civil Twilight, in collaboration with spoken word artists, Leron McAdoo, Marcus Montgomery and Central High’s Writeous Poetry Club, will give voice to the stories fear, courage and resilience that continue to resonate today as an extension of the Little Rock Nine story – conveyed through movement, theatre, and spoken word. The performance will conclude with an audience candle light walk to Central High School where the 3D video mapping screening will begin at 7:30 pm.

CORE Performance Company performing “Gaman (Life Interrupted)”

Core Performance Company is a dance organization dually based in Atlanta and Houston, led by co-founder and artistic director Sue Schroeder. This year marks 37 years of CORE’s dance-making through risk taking, innovation, community building, collaboration, mentoring, and investigation. Since 1980, CORE has performed more than 125 pieces of original choreography across the globe, collaborating with the renowned and the obscured. Core’s work also leads them to share what they know about bodies and movement with isolated populations including those dealing with abuse, homelessness, language barriers, eating disorders, refugee status, substance abuse, aging, and HIV/AIDS. Commissioned by UCA’s College of Fine Arts and Communication in 2015, Core Performance Company debuted a new work in Arkansas, titled “Gaman” (“Life Interrupted”), a richly layered performance of contemporary dance, theatre, art, and music recognizing the internment of American citizens of Japanese descent during World War II, which completed its international tour in March 2017. Sue Schroeder,,


Leron McAdoo, Stacey McAdoo, and Marcus Montgomery






Complementary Outreach Activities

Wednesday, September 20

  • 6 pm, Community Story Circle: Fear, Courage, Resilience, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 1st floor classroom, 501 W. 9th, Little Rock. FREE. Reserve your seats at <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>

Thursday, September 21

  • Dance workshop, Parkview High School (with Mike Tidwell). FREE
  • Movement workshop, Dunbar Middle School. FREE.
  • 5 PM, Rehearsal, Central High Commemorative Garden. FREE.
  • 7 PM, Dance workshop, The Tidwell Project. FREE.

Friday, September 22

  • 12-1 PM, “Will Counts: The Central High School Photographs” Gallery Experience with Core Performance Company, Feed Your Mind Friday Series, Alice Pratt Brown Atrium, Arkansas Arts Center, 501 E. 9th, Little Rock. FREE.
  • 5-7 PM open dress rehearsal, Central High Commemorative Garden, 2120 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Dr., Little Rock. FREE.

Saturday, September 23

  • Afternoon, CORE participates in Central High Bus Tours
  • 5-7 PM, “Civil Twilight” open dress rehearsal, Central High Commemorative Garden, 2120 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Dr., Little Rock. FREE.

Sunday, September 24

  • 6 PM, Feature Performance: Civil Twilight, sunset performance followed by a candlelight walk to CHS for video projection, Central High Commemorative Garden 2120 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Dr., Little Rock (co-sponsored by ACANSA). FREE.

Monday, September 25

  • 12-1:30 pm, “Mind Blazin” forum and lunch facilitated by LeRon and Stacey McAdoo, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 1st floor classroom, 501 W. 9th, Little Rock (RSVP)

Funding for this project is generously provided by Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Arkansas Arts Council, and foundations, corporations, and individuals throughout Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. Additional funding is made possible by ACANSA and UCA Public Appearances.

We appreciate the support of our major partner, ACANSA for this event!

We appreciate the support of ACANSA for this event!


This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Gayle Seymour at or call 501-450-3295.