Building a Better Fishtrap / From the River’s Mouth receives MAP Fund Support

Building A Better Fishtrap
receives support from MAP Fund

We are incredibly excited and grateful to share that MAP Fund has selected Fishtrap as a 2016 grant recipient.


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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.

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

Please email to RSVP.

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

Get a video preview of Blood Dazzler

Check out video from Blood Dazzler to premier in Fall 2010. This dance theater work is based on Patricia Smith’s award-winning poetry collection about Hurricane Katrina, produced by Angela’s Pulse, directed by Patricia McGregor and choreographed by Paloma McGregor. Please pass on this link to folks who might want to support this work.

Blood Dazzler Video Preview

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1feb8:00 pmDancing While Black presents Dance Diaspora Collective/"Run Mary Run"Part of University of Virginia's “August in Perspective" Series8:00 pm University of Virginia Helms TheatreDancing While Black:Dancing While Black
11feb1:30 pm- 3:30 pmAll Black: A Long Table with Dancing While Black & Eva Yaa Asantewaa/EYA ProjectsAt BAX Artist Services Weekend1:30 pm - 3:30 pm BAX/Brooklyn Arts ExchangeDancing While Black:Dancing While Black


17mar12:00 pm- 2:00 pmAll Together Now: Artist-Parent Community Meet-upMovement Research Studies Project12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Abrons Arts Center Studio G05Angela's Pulse:Guest Appearance