Dancing While Black: On Fertile Ground comes to New Orleans

February 21-28, 2016 | April 11-17, 2016

Continuing their long-standing tradition of partnership and coalition building, New York-based Angela’s Pulse and New Orleans-based Junebug Productions are proud to present Dancing While Black: On Fertile Ground.

Three generations of Black women choreographers from across the nation will engage with New Orleans communities, culture bearers, and Black college students in an exploration of art making practices for social movement building. This collaboration is rooted in the past and present legacy of Black creative change-making that New Orleans has long been home to.

The choreographers – Nia Love (NYC), Jaimé Dzandu and Brittany Williams (NYC), and Onye Ozuzu (Chicago) – will spend one week in February teaching workshops across New Orleans, developing site-responsive performance at Xavier University, and sharing works-in-progress alongside local choreographers at Dancing Grounds. This cultural exchange will culminate in April with Dancing While Black: In Our Own Words, a public Story Circle process centering the voices of black dance makers, followed by a performance at the Contemporary Art Center New Orleans.

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Configurations in Motion: Performance Curation and Communities of Color

Configurations in Motion: Performance Curation and Communities of Color

Check out writings from Dancing While Black Founder Paloma McGregor and other community members in

Configurations in Motion: Performance Curation and Communities of Color

How do we imagine twenty-first century configurations of performance curation and presenting that acknowledge the particular concerns of audiences and artists of color?
How does performance that relates to people of color fit into trends of contemporary curatorial practice?

This gathering of presenters, performers, scholars, curators, and managers examined how our work can focus on the involvement, investment, and creative growth of people of color. In a two-day symposium, participants will share their work and insights to produce focused thinking about the future of live art/performance/performing arts curation, with special attention to communities of African, Caribbean, and Latin@ interests.

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Meet the 2015-16 Dancing While Black Fellows

Meet the 2015-16 Dancing While Black Fellows

The Dancing While Black Fellowship brings together eight emerging Black choreographers who have invested in and supported the Dancing While Black community since the initiative began in 2012. These artists are looking to push their personal and artistic boundaries while interrogating the boundaries of dance. They will spend six months engaged in a collective developmental process that includes workshops with seasoned artists Onye Ozuzu, Jawole Zollar and Ishmael Houston-Jones. The fellowship culminates in a work-in-progress showing at BAX in March of 2016.

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Dancing While Black receives funding from the Surdna Foundation and Dance/USA’s Engaging Dance Audiences

After three years of collaborating with so many phenomenal Black dance artists and partner organizations, we are excited about additional support from the Surdna Foundation and Engaging Dance Audiences will allow us to deepen our work and broaden our reach with three initiatives:

Dancing While Black: Shouting from the Edges, a new model of partnering with communities with Historically Black Colleges to curate and present Story Circles, panels, performance and Master Classes for the Masses. In 2015-16, we will pilot this program in New Orleans in partnership with longtime collaborator Stephanie McKee, artistic director of Junebug Productions.

Dancing While Black: In Our Own Words, a new digital journal which will launch in Fall 2016

Dancing While Black Fellowship, bringing together eight emerging Black choreographers in a collective developmental process

The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster sustainable communities in the United States — communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures.
Engaging Dance Audiences is administered by Dance/USA and made possible with generous funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.




An evening of dance and dialog

Thursday, May 17 – 7 pm – $20
Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance

FEATURING a conversation on dance and equity, and choreography by the latest generation of dancers to emerge from the internationally acclaimed Urban Bush Women dance company.

CHOREOGRAPHERS: Maria Bauman/MBDance; Marjani Forte/LoveForte (with Nia Love); Samantha Speis. Curated by Paloma McGregor/Angela’s Pulse.

PANELISTS: Christal Brown/INSPIRIT dance company; Shalonda Ingram/New York Live Arts and Nursha Project; Milta Vega-Cardona/ People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond; and Tony-nominated choreographer Marlies Yearby. Moderated by Shani Jamila/Human Rights Project at the Urban Justice Center

DANCING WHILE BLACK is an artist-led initiative by Paloma McGregor/Angela’s Pulse that aims to create ongoing platforms for process, dialogue and experimentation and to shift the power of contextualizing work and articulating aesthetic values into the hands, and bodies, of black dancers themselves.

For more info on the entire dance series at BAAD! visit:

Check us out in performance…

Come see the latest project by Angela’s Pulse: “Building a Better Fishtrap” this Saturday, April 28 at 2 p.m.

We will perform dance-theater explorations of the themes water, memory and home as part of a day of dance that coincides with the fantastic This Side of Paradise exhibit at Freedman House in the Bronx.

Come for the dancing, stay for the exhibit.

When: 2 p.m. performance
Where: Ballroom of Freedman House, 1125 Grand Concourse, Bronx 10452
Cost: Free (by donation)
More info:

See you there!

Dazzle us with Support!!!

Dazzle us with Support!!!

Please join us for a cocktail reception, silent auction, performance excerpts, and dialog about the genesis and collaborative development of Blood Dazzler. Special performances by Lizan Mitchell, Rhea Patterson, and Patricia Smith.
See attached invitation for details.
Benefit Ticket Prices
$500 Brunch with Collaborators, 2 Premium Benefit Tickets
$75: Benefit Ticket
$25: Student/ Hard Times Benefit Ticket

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Blood Dazzler
A choreoplay based on poetry by Patricia Smith
Conceived and created by Paloma and Patricia McGregor
World Premiere at Harlem Stage September 23rd to 26th.

A tale of the storm we should have seen coming and the sociopolitical firestorm left in its wake. Based on Patricia Smith’s award-winning book, Blood Dazzler embodies Katrina as a troubled, otherworldly woman hungry for fame, destruction and revelation.

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34 Prayers praised by Elizabeth Zimmer

Check out this recent review by Elizabeth Zimmer, accompanied by a great photo of the dancers in 34 Prayers (from the forthcoming Blood Dazzler)

Metro Review

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