Dance, song and text are all used in the Berry & Nance Dance Project's "Who I Be?"

Dance, song and text are all used in the Berry & Nance Dance Project's "Who I Be?"

Co-founder Stafford C. Berry Jr. said the ensemble's performances often include more than just dance, but that "Who I Be?" takes the approach further, using the troupe's actual recollections of their own fathers and communities as inspiration to talk about what it means to be an African-American male in contemporary society.

"My perspective is, everyone brings their own history to the piece and comes away with a different experience," Berry said.

Inspired by the work of August Wilson, the piece is not a narrative but draws on the playwright's own love of music and means of storytelling.

"Wilson had a penchant for painting Africa-American male characters in a way that made them seem palpable and realistic," Berry said.