Dance/Opportunity – Contemporary Intensive, International Independent Study Program and The School at Steps Summer Intensive Seek Talent with International Audition Tour
Dance – DANCER AND EDUCATOR THERESA RUTH HOWARD LAUNCHES MOBBALLET: A DIGITAL ARCHIVE PRESERVING THE LEGACY OF BLACK BALLET
MoBBallet’s Roll Call is a list of professional black ballet dancers that today features 301 names and is growing as black ballet artists submit their names. The site also houses an E–Zine that features insights on issues affecting both the ballet world and society such as diversity and inclusion –and a timeline that spans the history of black ballet from 1919 to present day.
DANCER AND EDUCATOR THERESA RUTH HOWARD LAUNCHES MOBBALLET: A DIGITAL ARCHIVE PRESERVING THE LEGACY OF BLACK BALLET
Initiative Creates a Shift in Perspective on the Current Conversation around Diversity in Ballet through Stories of Current and Past Black Professional Ballet Dancers
Dancer Theresa Ruth Howard announces the launch of Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet (MoBBallet), a groundbreaking legacy project documenting and transforming conversations around black ballet artists. The initiative will focus on bringing visibility to the lesser-known history of black ballet dancers around the world through video profiles, essays and archival data which capture the artistry and humanity of black ballet dancers. At launch, MoBBallet’s website houses a community sourced Roll Call which lists the names of black ballet dancers past and present, a digital timeline that places historical moments in black ballet history next to key events in world history, and an E-Zine that sheds light on issues affecting the ballet community and society at large.
The recipient of a $50,000 grant from the Knight Foundation, MoBBallet’s first anchor project, the Philadelphia Project, will document the stories of four Philadelphia trained black ballerinas— including Joan Myers Brown, founder of The Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO!), Delores Browne from the New York Negro Ballet Company and Judith Jamison, Artistic Director Emerita of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Coinciding with the launch of MoBBallet, founder Theresa Ruth Howard will serve as keynote speaker at Dutch National Ballet’s Positioning Ballet conference on February 11th, where she will officially introduce MoBBallet’s mission to promote larger discussions within the international dance community around the stories of black ballet dancers. A select group of leading artistic directors from America, Europe, Asia and Russia have been invited to attend the conference.
“Diversity in Ballet in America is a very specific challenge given our racial history” remarks Howard. “The histories and demographics of each of the companies that will be represented during Positioning Ballet are just as specific. This is an unprecedented opportunity to see and hear what their issues are regarding diversity in the field.”
To date, MoBBallet has captured over 301 names to the Roll Call and calls for professional black ballet dancers not already on the list to add their names. MoBBallet’s archival information covers important moments in the history of black ballet from 1919 to present day.
ABOUT MOBBALLET Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet (MoBBallet) is a non-profit organization that is building a digital archive where the history of blacks in professional ballet can be preserved. Founded by ballerina Theresa Ruth Howard, MoBBallet facilitates authentic dialogues on diversity, equality and aesthetics through workshops, panels and video profiles of both iconic and emerging black ballet dancers. The online archive provides timelines of important moments in the history of black ballet and juxtaposes them against key moments in world history. The Roll Call initiative is an ever-expanding list of black ballet dancers past and present –E-Zine brings visibility to issues that loom large in both the ballet world and society such as diversity and inclusion.
ABOUT THERESA RUTH HOWARD Founder of MoBBallet, Theresa Ruth Howard is an expert and advocate on the issue of diversity in Ballet. She has sat on panels for Dance/USA, Dance/NYC, Collegium for African Diaspora Dance at Duke University, and collaborated with International Association of Blacks in Dance in the planning and facilitation of the first Ballet Audition for female ballet dancers of color. A former member of the Dance Theater of Harlem, and Armitage Gone! Dance, Howard has worked extensively with choreographer Donald Byrd, and was a guest artist with Complexions Contemporary Ballet. As a contributor to Pointe, Expressions (Italy), Tanz (Germany) and dance media publications, Howard has emerged as a clear and defining voice on topics such as body image and race. She holds more than 17 years of experience as a dance educator including Ballet Faculty at the Ailey School.
The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) will bring more than 3,600 artists and performing industry leaders from the worlds of dance, theater, music, opera, family programing and more to New York City Jan. 6-10. Preconference workshops and events, many of which are free and open to the public, take place Jan. 5-6. You will especially want to attend and cover plenary sessions, where major artists and leaders from arts, culture and other sectors will share their perspectives on conference themes and engage with the audience of local, national and global arts professionals. Please also spread the word early that plenaries are also live streamed.
APAP works to advance the global performing arts industry, and the annual conference offers one-on-one contact and shared experience and insights for members, the public, and the media. The event provides significant opportunities, economically and creatively, for the range of constituents comprising the performing arts presenting field. This year APAP|NYC will feature artists and arts leaders at the top of their fields; more than 1,000 world-class performance showcases; more than 370 exhibitors promoting their artists and their work in the EXPO Hall; more than 60 professional development sessions and intensives, some open to the public; the annual APAP awards luncheon, and a free classical music concert at Carnegie Hall.
The conference again provides a platform for artists, presenters, promoters, and other performing arts professionals to reflect and engage in discussions and solutions around pressing current issues such as cultural conflict and social justice—issues that have intensified since last January and that resonate throughout our communities in the U.S. and worldwide, fueling our collective need for innovation and creativity.
•The opening plenary Friday at 5:00 pm will include
welcome remarks from Mario Garcia Durham, President and CEO of APAP,
opening remarks from a nationally-known arts and cultural leader (to be confirmed),
followed by a panel discussion moderated by Robyn Archer, Deputy Chair of the Australia Council.
Panelists will include several dynamic thought leaders such as
Chicana activist Martha Gonzalez, who is a singer/percussionist with Quetzal, a bilingual (Spanish-English) Chicano rock band from East Los Angeles
and Jose Antonio Vargas, founder of Define American.
An additional speaker will join the above to explore how artists and cultural leaders, in collaboration with agent/managers, presenters and other co-producers have the potential to serve as catalysts for positive community engagement that leads to social change and social justice.
•At the 9:00 am featured session Saturday, “Changing the Flow: Creativity, Innovation and Disruption at Work,”
Steven Tepper, dean of the new Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at ASU will lead a discussion
with digital media expert Michael Hawley and others to explore the creative capacities needed to advance culture, build community and address the most pressing challenges of today. (The institute at ASU is a think tank that brings high-powered creatives together to reconsider how we talk about the arts as a creative and innovative force.) The session is followed by breakout discussion groups.
•Sessions that tie to APAP year around programs, grants and resources, including:
oAPAP’s Building Bridges: Arts, Culture, and Identity grants program, aimed at building greater knowledge and awareness about Muslim societies and how to affect social change in these troubled times
oThe Cultural Exchange Laboratory (CXL), a new tool and resource to support the process of identifying, booking and touring international artists
oA session on how to use marketing research to build arts audiences, including hints on designing and applying market research activities to arts organizations (based on The Wallace Foundation’s Building Arts Audiences initiative)
oSharing of experiences by members of the first cohort of APAP Leadership Fellows who reach across generations, gender, job sectors and other ways performing arts professionals identify themselves in the presenting field
•The APAP|NYC “5 Minutes to SHINE!” competition Jan. 9 at 9:30 a.m., where artists, presenters, agents and other industry professionals share a compelling story or idea in an exciting pecha kucha format and the audience votes on one winner to present at the Annual APAP|NYC Awards Luncheon the same day
•New this year, each plenary will open with a “creative moment,” a brief performance or guided creative experience that provokes, inspires or otherwise sets the stage for the conversation that follows (e.g. spoken word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain before Friday’s opening plenary; and Heidi Latsky’s piece, “On Display,” with up to 50 dancers with disabilities strategically placed across the entrance area to the Saturday plenary session.
•Each year the popular, fast-moving pecha kucha-style plenary Saturday at noon features five ultra-creative artists that talk about their source of inspiration, their career arc, and their place in these challenging times.
APAP|NYC 2017 is a monumental gathering of performers, agents, presenters, producers and more, with great stories to tell and mesmerizing visuals everywhere you look.
Plenary and Featured Speaker Highlights:
•Taylor Mac whose recent work, “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music,” speaks directly to today’s headlines around equality, equity, civility and our fundamental human rights; his recent 24-hour marathon performance was featured in The New York Times, and he was recently reviewed by The Guardian.
•Camille A. Brown, dancer, choreographer, and founder of Camille A. Brown & Dancers, which is recognized for its introspective approach to cultural themes through visceral movement and socio-political dialogues.
•Maysoon Zayid, Arab-American comedienne, writer and tap dancer from New Jersey; at her TED Talk she said “I got 99 problems…palsy is just one”
•Paola Prestini, plays the German lieder and composed the new production of the opera “Gilgamesh”
•Jonah Bokaer, choreographer and media artist whose latest collaboration with Daniel Arsham and Pharrell Williams, “Rules of the Game,” is in the midst of a global tour.
•Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, dancer, teacher and choreographer of modern dance, and founder of Urban Bush Women dance company
•Jose Antonio Vargas, who started the platform called “Defining American,” and explores the question, “What does it mean to be American?” He is a Filipino immigrant who is gay, and thus has been through most of the identity battles
•Aaron Dworkin, dean, School of Music, Theater and Dance; University of Michigan
•Steven Tepper, dean, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
This Saturday at 7:30pm, Sarah Chien be showing a new improvised duet called “Tethered” and it would mean so much to see you there!She hasjoined forces with fellow improviser Ethan Meigs, and they are exploring the duality of structure- how it can both restrict and liberate us. There’s a certain magic that happens when we’re in the space together- and we all hope you can come witness it!Brooklyn Studios for Dance, where I’ve been teaching this fall, is organizing this incredible hybrid evening that includes an improv jam, a dinner and an improvisationally arranged showcase of work by 12 artists. Our duet will be part of the performance portion of the evening (starting around 7:30), but you are welcome to come earlier and join us in all of the festivities starting from 5pm.Dinner is included in the $10 admission (whaaat?!). No reservations, just show up!If you’re not free on Saturday, they will be doing a preview performance on Tuesdayat 7:30 pm at The Woods Cooperative, 1826 Palmetto. #1 in Ridgewood. I believe its free as part of Dance to the People’s Holiday PartyThey are so excited to showing this work at such welcoming, community-focused spaces. You’ll be welcome too!– Please support Sarah and her wonderful choreography. We Recommend it!
ARTS – #APAP #NYC — January In NYC links 12 major performing arts festivals and conferencess around APAP|NYC 2017 1/3-22/17
45,000 Performing Arts Professionals and Enthusiasts Await the Most Comprehensive Celebration of the Performing Arts Around the Globe
January In NYC links 12 major performing arts festivals and conferencess around APAP|NYC 2017
November 3, 2016– Every January in New York City, more than 45,000 industry professionals and enthusiasts come together to experience the most comprehensive celebration of the performing arts around the globe. This January 3-22, a dozen events organized by leading arts organizations will spotlight the best and newest in theater, dance, opera and music. With more than 1,500 world-class showcases and full-length performances, concerts and public programs, conferences, keynote speakers, professional development and networking opportunities, the partnership of public festivals and industry events, January In NYC demonstrates how rich, vibrant, vast and diverse the performing arts are.
“There is an electricity in the air the moment all of these performing arts professionals and festival-goers descend upon the streets, clubs, performance spaces and conference hotels of New York during the first few weeks of January,” said Mario Garcia Durham, president and CEO of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP).
EVENTS FOR 2017 include conferences, festivals and concerts—many open to the public. Details are available at JanuaryInNYC.org and individual event websites:
American Dance Platform, Jan. 3-8, Joyce.org
Performance Space 122’s COIL Festival, Jan. 3-22, ps122.org/coil
The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival (UTR), Jan. 4-15, undertheradarfestival.com
Jazz Connect Conference, Jan. 5-6, jazz-connect.com
Wavelengths: APAP World Music Preconference, Jan. 5-6, APAPNYC.org
NYC Winter Jazzfest, Jan. 5-10, winterjazzfest.com
American Realness, Jan. 5-15, americanrealness.com
PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now, Jan. 5-15, prototypefestival.org
APAP|NYC 2017, Jan. 6-10 and Preconference, Jan 5-6, APAPNYC.org
globalFEST, Jan. 8, globalfest.org
ISPA’s 99th Congress, Jan. 10-12, ispa.org
Chamber Music America (CMA), Jan. 12-15, chamber-music.org
January In NYC grew organically as live arts festivals and professional events were scheduled around the annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters conference (APAP|NYC), which will celebrate 60 years in 2017. Organizers of events built onto the concentration of artists and presenters already traveling to New York. In January 2014, nine such organizations formed a deliberate collaboration to more effectively and efficiently serve the performing arts community. A dozen groups now comprise the partnership.
Monday, April 4, 2016
Town Hall: Perspectives on Cultural Identity in Dance
Monday, April 4, 2016
City College Center for the Arts
Aaron Davis Hall, Marian Anderson Theater
West 135th Street and Convent Avenue
Harlem, NY 10031
The Harlem Arts Alliance (HAA), in partnership with Elisa Monte Dance, the City College Center for the Arts, Dance/NYC and Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA), present a DANCE-focused TOWN HALL meeting that includes:
- Dance Resource Stations with information provided by Asian American Arts Alliance, Dance/NYC, Dance/NYC Junior Committee, Elisa Monte Dance, EmcArts, The Field, Fractured Atlas, Harlem Arts Alliance, Harlem Arts Festival, Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce/Harlem Week, Inception To Exhibition, Pentacle, and Women of Color In the Arts
- Award Presentations to Dance Icons Dianne McIntyre and Virginia Johnson
- Perspectives on Cultural Identity in Dance: An esteemed panel of guest speakers in a lively discussion about cultural representation in dance. Moderator: Kaisha Johnson | Panelists: Theresa Ruth Howard, Sita Frederick, Marya Weathers, Francine Sheffield, and Camille A. Brown
Dance Resource Station Providers:
Dance/NYC Town Halls are supported in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. They are also made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and from the National Endowment for the Arts. Consolidated Edison is the lead corporate sponsor.
HAA Dance is made possible with support from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.
(Photo credit: Elisa Monte Dance by Matthew Murphy)
The Cole Foundation, the only private foundation in Montreal with an intercultural theatre program, announces this year’s winners including First Nations theatre companies, theatre for young audiences, and production, commissioning, and translations grants, to promote dialogue between diverse cultures on stage. New works this year explore the effects of radicalization, sex-selective abortion, racial profiling, feminist dialogue between Christians and Muslims, and little known circumpolar communities, among other topics. Full press release attached and below, including quotes from theatre companies.
Intercultural Conversations – Conversations interculturelles
Encouraging theatrical dialogue between the various cultures in Montreal
Twenty local companies awarded indispensable grants for their upcoming seasons
The Cole Foundation is pleased to announce the latest grant winners for the Intercultural Conversations-Conversations Interculturelles (IC-CI) program, established to encourage greater understanding of Montreal’s cultural mosaic by having audiences enjoy professional plays showing diverse cultures on stage and seeing their stories presented. Barry Cole, president and chairman of the Cole Foundation, explains: “Our belief is that these financial awards animate change of theatre practice to include intercultural conversation as part of mainstream theatrical society.” There are three types of intercultural dialogue considered: plays with more than one cultural community in dialogue; plays with only one cultural community- in this case the dialogue is with the audience; and plays that show the uniqueness of the French or English Quebec communities translated into the other language.
It’s heartening that intercultural dialogue is a hot topic. Of note is the ongoing ‘black face’ discussion sparked by Théâtre Rideau Vert, along with conferences on racism (Centre des Auteurs Dramatiques) and diversity (Conseil du theatre Québecois). Awareness and momentum continues with sizeable, established theatre companies submitting requests, including Centaur Theatre and Duceppe, promoting the cause on a considerable scale. As well, there are ever-increasing numbers of new applicant companies and those that specialize in theatre for young audiences.
This year’s awarded companies
As theatre holds a mirror to society, the IC-CI granting program has reflected the varying cultural landscape over the years, marking our artistically sensitive evolution. New works this year explore the effects of radicalization, sex-selective abortion, racial profiling, feminist dialogue between Christians and Muslims, and little known circumpolar communities, among other topics. Lauded returning applicants strengthen the message: playwright Sarah Berthiaume continues to offer hard-hitting, poignant stories, Annabel Soutar addresses headlines we can’t ignore and Marcus Youssef engages and enlightens children. Cole is especially encouraged seeing requests from theatres for young audiences, “This kind of support has lasting benefits, impressing important values on children and offering productions that return to schools for multiple years.” He also appreciates following the arc of an important, intercultural piece, “The Foundation supported the commission of Porte Parole’s play about Fredy Villanueva and I’m looking forward to see the resulting production.”
COMMISSIONING grants include: Black Theatre Workshop– A Tale of Two Islands by Christine Rodrigues; Geordie Productions– Radical by Marcus Youssef; Mise au Jeu– La pour rester, collective creation; Teesri Duniya Theatre– Missing Girl by Rahul Varma and Théâtre Bluff– Antioche by Sarah Berthiaume.
PRODUCTION grant awards go to: L’Acteur en Marche– Karma by Mohsen El Gharbi; Black Theatre Workshop- Angelique by Lorena Gale, and Bluenose by Emil Sher; Centaur Theatre– You Will Remember Me by François Archambault; Duceppe– Race by David Mamet; Geordie Productions– Jabber by Marcus Youssef; Imago Theatre– Donna by Stefano Massini (also translation grant); Mise au Jeu– Féministe et Croyante by Alice Pascual; Nouveau Théâtre– Ai-je du sang de dictateur? by Didier Lucien; Porte Parole– Fredy by Annabel Soutar; Productions Menuentakuan– Muliats, collective creation; Productions Onishka– Tsekan, collective creation; Talisman Theatre– Yukonstyle by Sarah Berthiaume; Théâtre de l’Opsis– J’appelle mes frères by Jonas Hassen Khemiri; Théâtre Incliné– Nordicité/Walking on the Circle by José Babin; Théâtre I.N.K.– File d’attente by Marilyn Perreault (also commissioning grant); Théâtre La Chapelle– The Agokwe Collective by Waawaate Fobister; Théâtre Motus– Rêves by Izumi Ashizawa & Marco Collin (also commissioning grant) and Volte 21– Les Électres des Amériques Les Phares de la Mémoire by Hanna Abd El Nour.
Wide range of theatre companies concur on the need for intercultural dialogue
For Théâtre Motus’ Marie-France Bruyère, “This important contribution will enable us to achieve an intercultural project that would not have otherwise happened, involving artists from different origins as well as children from here and the Innu community of Mashteuiatsh.” For L’Acteur en Marche’s Mohsen El Gharbi, the Cole Foundation contribution is crucial, “This grant will serve as leverage to obtain the rest of the necessary funding. It shows that we have a common concern for dialogue regardless of our origins and the need to fight the demonization of ‘the other’. The Foundation has significantly strengthened Teesri Duniya Theatre’s mission, according to Artistic Director Rahul Varma, “There won’t be intercultural conversation if there isn’t intercultural creation. Here, support goes to the source–the playwright; we can now create original work that diversifies our literary field, enriches our cultural fabric and fosters critical understanding.” For Sarah Chouinard-Poirier from Volte 21, the grant program encourages other partners to invest in daring theatre as necessary for cultural enrichment within a healthy and egalitarian society, “By promoting diversity and providing a forum for artists from various disciplines, generations and cultural backgrounds, the Cole Foundation makes us believe that it is still possible to create art where we can put social issues at the forefront.” Geordie Productions’ Artistic Director Dean Fleming accomplished a successful American showcase of their award-winning Jabber as only one of twelve invited international companies. Fleming adds, “On top of this great news, we are excited to continue our ongoing relationship with playwright Marcus Youssef as he probes the world of an isolated teen’s obsession with a radical group.” The Haitian community is the subject of the next show at Nouveau Théâtre Expérimental according to GM Isabelle Gingras, “We continue our mandate to explore local cultural communities and ensuing healthy and inclusive discussion.” Michel Dumont, artistic director for Duceppe, was able to offer more than a hundred free tickets to youth from different cultural communities, “This is an opportunity to develop audiences; ensuring theatre remains a place of meeting and exchange.” Joachim Tanguay from Théâtre Bluff welcomes the invaluable support of the Foundation to commission Sarah Berthiaume’s new text inspired by a Radio-Canada report on Cegep youth who joined the Syrian Jihad. “Here, the story of a Muslim woman and her disillusioned Quebec-born daughter explores with great sensitivity the real causes of indoctrination and perceptions of Western values.”
Cole by the numbers
The Cole Foundation is the only private foundation in Montreal with an intercultural theatre program, offering companies up to $25,000 for production grants with the aim to modify public opinion. There is no set limit on the number of companies who can receive funding. Recent grants, totalling a record $334,000 presented to the highest number of applicants since the program’s creation, went to theatre companies for their 2016-2018 seasons. For this year’s competition, the Foundation received 40 applications from 35 companies – 23 French and 12 English, an 11% increase compared to last year. These figures include 3 First Nations productions; 2 in French and 1 in English. Thirty-four applications were for production grants, 10 requests for commissioning money and 1 for translation. Since its inception, the Foundation has contributed to the costs of commissioning 34 plays, the translation of 32 plays, production costs of 90 plays, plus various workshops and outreach events. A panel of bilingual Montreal theatre professionals adjudicate the applications.
Grants for the next competition relate to shows starting March 1 for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 theatre seasons. The deadline for the next competition of the award is Sept. 30, 2016. Theatre companies interested in applying for a grant will be able to download the necessary application forms from the Cole Foundation’s web site at: www.colefoundation.ca/community/competition-forms
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company:
The world-renowned Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) is the oldest modern dance company in Ohio. Founded in 1968, DCDC is known for its extraordinary artistic DCDC’s words execution and story-telling through dance art of international standard. Having the world’s largest repertoire of classic works by African-American choreographers, this company continues to celebrate dance around the world. DCDC “is a culturally diverse contemporary dance company committed to reaching the broadest audience through exceptional performance and arts-integrated education.” Artistic Director Debbie Blunden-Diggs continues the company’s long legacy with fresh new dance works by top choreographers.
Today’s woman is inventive and nurturing. Enterprising and filled with ambition, resolve, and even sassy verve, she thinks fast on her feet. She has to. Today, a woman can aspire to worldly accomplishment yet she also has the option of being a nurturer.
Restless yet still, she is like the dream catcher, which can be taken anywhere in a busy world but remains intact, reliable, and protective.
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s 2015-2016 season Dream Catcher pays tribute to today’s woman as a catcher of dreams. But not just any dream. Good dreams that make one’s day creative, productive, purposeful, and meaningful.
Now that the sun rises on a changing world where women are making history in greater numbers, Dream Catcher celebrates their arrival and endurance through the art of dance and a series of special events.
Dance weaves stories and dreams unlike any other art form and in the hands of women artists, good dreams will pass through a magic web to enter the minds of grown children—we, who are fortunate to be in the audience.
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s Dream Catcher season invites you to dream nurturing visions full of power, grace, and verve. Even sassy dreams that the morning sun lights on fire.
Our season, entitled Dream Catcher, celebrates women whose character and accomplishment distinguish them as sources of inspiration and motivation. One such woman was our founder Jeraldyne Blunden whose vision and mission continue to function as a mirror and lamp reflecting and illuminating our experience. We will commemorate her 75th birthday this December.
The season will host our first-ever women’s conference entitled Women in Motion: Empowered by Dance. The conference will focus on the whole woman—her mind, body, and spirit. March 17 through 20, 2016, will feature several workshops and empowerment sessions addressing women’s physical, financial, and spiritual health. We will partner with the American Heart Association and offer heart-healthy programming as well. The weekend will culminate in a performance of “In the Spirit of . . . Joy.”
Togetherness will be an underlying theme of the season, which will recognize and acknowledge the creativity of women in leadership and the synergy of women working together.
The season will recognize the tenth anniversary of one of us—Ro Nita Hawes-Saunders as Executive Director of DCDC—as well as the enduring and dynamic collaboration between us, the company’s Executive Director and Artistic Director. We enjoy working with one another as well as being connected and committed to the community in special and significant ways.
THE LITTLEST ANGEL
Friday, December 4, 2015 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 5, 2015 – 3:00 pm & 7:30 pm
University of Dayton Boll Theatre – 300 College Park Drive, Dayton, Ohio
It moved me to tears, an audience member said of last year’s production. Set beautifully to dance, The Littlest Angel is the endearing tale by Charles Tazewell about a little boy who enters heaven far too soon. But the gift he offers for the Christ child transforms the meaning of giving and sacrifice. The Littlest Angel will get inside your heart and stay there. Ideal for the entire family and for the child in you.
UP CLOSE & PERSONAL
Friday, January 22, 2016 – 11:30-1:00 pm
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company Studios
840 Germantown Street, Dayton, Ohio
Up Close & Personal is a chance for you to see a live rehearsal of DCDC dancers working with a noted choreographer in the creation of a new dance work. You will also enjoy a catered lunch. Up Close & Personal is DCDC’s way of reaching out to the public to demystify the art of contemporary dance and reveal its highly relevant place in today’s world. Choreographer to be announced.
Saturday, February 20, 2016 – 7:30 PM
Sunday, February 21, 2016 – 3:00 pm
Eichelberger Theatre, Stivers High School for the Arts – 1313 East 5th Street, Dayton, Ohio
Watch four new creations of dance art by women choreographers as they bring down to earth their dreams and have them leap up and soar into the sun. These women artists will etch their creations on the landscape and in the sky of movement and grace. Two of the works will be created by DCDC’s artistic leadership, Artistic Director Debbie Blunden-Diggs and Associate Artistic Director Crystal Michelle. Rounding out the program will be nationally recognized women choreographers.
IN THE SPIRIT OF…JOY
Saturday, March 12, 2016 – 7:30pm
Sunday, March 13, 2016 – 3:00 pm
Dayton Masonic Center – 525 W. Riverview Ave., Dayton, Ohio
In the Spirit of…Joy is the ninth installment of the In the Spirit of…series that celebrates the music of the African American church. Rallying the forces of dance, gospel choir, live instrumentalists, soulful soloists, and special features, this foot-stomping and hand-clapping occasion will bring down the spirit to envelope all in everlasting truth. This performance is in celebration of women and the spirit of dance and song. Joy will open your spiritual heart! Community churches lend their incomparable music talent to this deeply grassroots undertaking.
DCDC2 and UD Dance Ensemble Concert
Friday, March 18, 2016 – 8:00 pm
Saturday, March 19, 2016 – 8:00 pm
University of Dayton Boll Theatre – 300 College Park Drive, Dayton, Ohio
DCDC2 is one of the nation’s leading preparatory dance ensembles. Its annual concert showcases rising talent in the art of dance and choreography. In a new collaborative enterprise, DCDC joins forces with University of Dayton Dance Ensemble. The program exhibits some of the best emerging pre-professional dancers in the nation.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Activities begin at 4:00 pm. Concert begins at 6:00 pm
Location to be announced.
Kick off your shoes and dance with us as Street Beats ends the DCDC season, opening the door to summer. Street Beats is an outdoor concert accompanied by a big sky, and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s exceptional dancers. Special offerings include food vendors, dance lessons, and other extras for the entire family.
Tickets are on sale at www.ticketcenterstage.com or you can call 937-228-3630.
The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company presents its 47th Anniversary Season.
JERALDYNE BLUNDEN LIVING LEGACIES LUNCHEON
Thursday, December 10, 2015 – 11:30 am
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company
840 Germantown Street
On the 75th anniversary of the birth of Jeraldyne Blunden, founder of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and visionary leader and matriarch, whose spirit informs the company to this day, the Jeraldyne Blunden Living Legacies Luncheon honors special women in the Dayton community. Not only women, but also their descendants, will be acknowledged for bestowing their legacy to the people of the Miami Valley. Who are these matriarchs and their descendants? That’s a secret for now. You will have to come and see!
Luncheon Tickets are $40 each
IN-STUDIO WORKSHOP & SHOWING
Friday, January 29, 2016 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday, January 30, 2016 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, January 31, 2016 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company Studios
840 Germantown Street, Dayton, Ohio
This is an intensive weekend for up and coming choreographers. Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s best dance minds will work with these choreographers to bring their work to the next level through classes in dance composition, a master class, and performances. Showing is the culminating event for advanced work.
$65 for full workshop participants. $25 for observers.
Click here for more information and registration materials.
Thursday, March 10, 2016 – 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, March 11, 2016 – 8:30am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, March 12, 2016 – 8:30 am – 12 noon
CROWNE PLAZA of Dayton
33 E Fifth St, Dayton, Ohio
The Dream Catchers season will have its own women’s conference titled Women In Motion: Empowered By Dance. This is DCDC’s first-ever conference, providing sessions on the most important aspects of what it is to be a woman in today’s world. Sessions will focus on women’s health and spirituality, finances and building wealth, and the joys of being a woman. The conference will unleash the dreams required for a more sustaining and healing world.
Early bird registration is $109 and $129 beginning February 22, 2016. Conference Registration fee also includes lunch on March 11 and a ticket to In the Spirit of…Joy (March 12 or March 13)
SOULSTICE: LADIES SING THE BLUES
Saturday, May 14, 2016 – 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sinclair Community College, Ponitz Conference Center
301 West Fourth Street, Building 12, Dayton, Ohio
Think of a sultry night, a bright moon, an intimate gathering, and a singer who gets under your skin. She knows what she’s singing and your heart replies, enthralled by her magic. Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s 2016 Soulstice: Ladies Sing the Blues features local women blues and jazz singers, fine dining, the company dancers, smiles, festivities, and celebration. Come and see why Soulstice is unlike any special fundraising event in town.
Individual tickets are $125. Sponsorship opportunities are available.
Tickets are on sale at www.ticketcenterstage.com or you can call 937-228-3630.
DCDC’S 47th Anniversary Season – Dream Catchers
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Individual tickets will be available September 1, 2015 – but reserve your seat of preference by getting a season subscription!
For more information visit the DCDC offices located at 840 Germantown Dayton, Ohio 45402 or call 937-228-3232.