Violence erupts at a white nationalist march in Charlottesville, football players take a knee during the national anthem, unarmed black men are killed during traffic stops, and our justice system locks up disproportionate numbers of black Americans. Racial injustices that have been buried and racial tensions that have been ignored are coming to a head in today’s America, and Urban Ballet takes a look at part of that experience from the perspective of the African Americans living it. Funded in part by Mayor Sylvester Turner’s City Initiative Grant, and inspired by the music of 2pac, Sherese Campbell’s Urban Ballet seeks to tell the story of black culture in America through jazz, hip-hop, modern, pointe and tap. City Dance Company and guest hip-hop artists create a fusion of styles complex enough to portray the issues. The dance is punctuated and enhanced by the spoken word poetry of Deonte Scott, the DJing skills of KleanCutt of the Kracker Nutzz, and a video collage.