The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Working in close partnership with the Department of Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, it is the oldest of these units devoted to Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.

Events - 2012

in Collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture,
and College of Visual and Performing Arts,


Kaminhu Longe, The Long Journey,

A Performance of Contemporary Cape Verdean Dance

April 19, 2012 at 7:30 pm, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Main Auditorium

Admission is FREE and open to the public

Kaminhu Longe

Kaminhu Longe is a production of modern dance told through a contemporary lens, incorporating music, spoken word, theater, movement and film to tell a story informed by Cape Verdean culture and history. Kaminhu Longe depicts the challenging and exhilarating journey we must make as human beings, as we place one foot in front of the other to navigate through life. Both traditional and contemporary Cape Verdean rhythms and musical styles underscore the dance story. The archipelago of Cape Verde and its history and development from slavery to an independent nation are resonant themes in this multi-media performance.

Alive with sounds and images of the islands of Cape Verde, an original filmography of the islands is an integral story-telling technique utilized in this passionate dance-theater event. Choreographed and conceived by Jose "Zezinho" Semedo, Kaminhu Longe is performed by six dancers. Running time, approximately 1 hour 15 min.

Zezinho Semedo is a choreographer & dancer from Cape Verde, living in New Bedford, MA. Zezinho is a founding member of Raiz du Polon, and former member of Clara Durmatt’s Lisbon-based modern dance touring company. Zezinho has collaborated with Culture*Park since 2001, as director and lead dancer of Cabo Verde Dance Project. In 2005, Zezinho’s new work, Pan de Terra, an homage to Cape Verdean women, premiered at the NB Whaling Museum, with additional performances at UMass Dartmouth, and elsewhere. Zezinho conducts workshops in modern dance informed by traditional Cape Verdean rhythms and music for people of all ages.

Culture*Park Theatre of New Bedford, MA, is a not-for-profit collaborative of theater and performing artists and entities that supports the production and development of new works in theater and dance, especially those with regional and culturally provocative themes. They have produced the two plays that comprise Two Portuguese-American Plays, published by Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth.