VashtiDance Theater Presents: Urban Jeli, Traditional Priests Rooted in American Places

There will not be an intermission


The Riverside Theatre Fri, Dec 2 6:30 PM
House Open: 6:00pm; Run Time: 70 Minutes
The Riverside Theatre Sat, Dec 3 6:00 PM
House Open: 5:30pm; Run Time: 70 Minutes


VashtiDance Theater Presents:

Urban Jeli, Traditional Priests Rooted in American Places

Urban Jeli, Traditional Priests Rooted in American Places, is an interdisciplinary performance incorporating music, dance, and film in an exploration of African retentions and continuances in African American cultural traditions of dance and music from the perspectives of jeli or griots as living storytellers and the embodied spirituality of priests of traditional religions. The performance features choreography by VashtiDance Theater’s Artistic Director, Fatima Logan-Alston and musical composition by Musical Director, David Alston that spans aesthetics from West and Central Africa, jazz, funk, Hop-Hop and Contemporary perspectives in a celebration of the resiliency of the African Diaspora in America.

VashtiDance Theater exists to uplift, empower, inspire, and educate our community through dance and music performances, workshops, and events that blend the vernacular, traditional, and classical, to create a contemporary perspective that is genuine and authentic. VashtiDance Theater’s performances feature live music and innovative dance works in a dance theater experience that is thought provoking and examines the fundamental essence of the human struggle, including self-realization, cultural and historical awareness, and a vision for a positive united society.

General Admission Adult: $25

Student (College/Student ID) $20

Senior (+65 w/ID): $20

Children Under 12: $15


Box Office will Open at:

5:00pm Friday December 2, 2022

4:30pm Saturday December 3, 2022

Tickets can be purchased online. For ticketing questions or problems please email

Urban Jeli, Traditional Priests Rooted in American Places is made possible through support from Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (UMEZ) and Mertz Gilmore Foundation Seed For Dance Fund, as well as NYSCA through the Caribbean Cultural Center and African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI).



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Additional Information


Updated April 25, 2022

Beginning Friday, April 29, 2022, The Riverside Church will no longer check for proof of vaccination. Patrons must wear mask upon arrival and while they are roaming the building.

 Patrons Must Keep Mask On During Performance at ALL TIMES.

Thank you for your cooperation.