DENVER - Cleo Parker Robinson has traveled all over the world, but, somehow, her heart has remained in Denver.
"I was born right in Five Points," she said, sitting in one of the dance studios of the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theatre while reminiscing about her dance career.
"I've danced all over the world," she said. "From Kenya to Nigeria to Germany. All over Italy, Bulgaria, Istanbul. Everywhere! Israel, Egypt. It's been amazing!"
Robinson started the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble in 1970. In the times before and since, she has created personal works, many of which are featured in a new show: "Cleo on Cleo."
"We brought back some of my older works and newer works," she said.
Some of those works come from painful times in her life. Like the work she calls The Three Marys.
"This was a tribute to both my brother and to Dr. Martin Luther King," said Robinson of the work which tells the story of three women in mourning.
Other pieces of choreography were inspired by her childhood in the segregated South, with many of her Sundays spent in the church.
"We just feel that spirit," she said, connecting her dances to spiritual church services.
Dancers from Robinson's ensemble will perform the choreography in Cleo on Cleo, which opens this weekend at the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theatre at 119 Park Avenue West in Denver.
Performances are Saturday, Feb 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb 23at 2 p.m.
Next weekend, the show will be performed at the Lakewood Cultural Center (7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday March 1 and 2).
Tickets range from $12 to $25. For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/1jTfp0K