Get a Glimpse of our Freedom Stories

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Dancing While Black: This Body Knows Freedom

Last month, we gathered at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics to kick off our Fifth Anniversary Season with Story Circles on Organizing Toward Vision in an Age of Resistance.

We were led by DWB founder Paloma McGregor and the incredible Wendi Moore-O’Neal, daughter of John O’Neal, the originator of the Story Circle process we have used at several gatherings.

A huge thank you to Wendi, a native New Orleanian and founder of Jaliyah Consulting, who facilitated our storytelling and led us in multiple rounds of freedom songs, creating a palpable energetic community. 

Shout out to our invited guests – Maria Bauman, Ebony Golden, Dr. Barbara Dixon Gottschild, Ishmael Houston Jones, and Kendra Ross – who shared powerful, wide-ranging stories of what freedom means to them and their work. And much gratitude to all who came out to talk, dance, shout, draw, write their own freedom visions in small groups.

May these visions manifest!


 Some Residue from the Evening:

Listening is the most important part of storytelling.  – Wendi Moore-O’Neal

Sometimes your only mode of transportation is a leap of faith. -Kendra J. Ross

Whatever is happening to you right now is feeding the storytelling. You have what you need. -Paloma McGregor


 Couldn’t be there? Get a glimpse of the evening through more quotes and photos on Storify.



2010 Harlem Stage Fund for New Work

We are honored that Blood Dazzler has been awarded support from Harlem Stage’s Fund for New Work. The award will go toward the show’s full production in Aug. 2010. Stay tuned at our new official Web site: www.angelaspulse.org

Honoring Nina Simone Oct. 15-16

AP3 co-founder Paloma McGregor is premiering a new dance work honoring Nina Simone at the Bronx Academy of Art and Dance. The concert, Nina Simone/SUGAR IN MY SOUL, features 10 New York choreographers presenting dances inspired by or set to the music of the High
Priestess of Soul. Paloma’s work is set to a soundscore of interviews with Nina Simone and music created by RA Washington.

8pm – Thursday, Oct 15th and Friday, Oct 16th
Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance
841 Barretto Street, Bronx, NY

Take #6 train to Hunts Point Avenue. Cross under Bruckner Expwy to 1st block (Garrison Ave.).
Make right on Garrison and go 2 blocks to Barretto Street. Make left on Barretto Street to
841 Barretto in the middle of the block, right hand side, large warehouse, red door.

Hope to see you there.

Blood Dazzler – July 20 Work In Progress Showing

Blood Dazzler – an exploration of Hurricane Katrina through the convergence of verse, dance, theatre and multimedia. In development over the last three years, and direct from a recent Voice & Vision residency at Bard College, we invite you again to experience the artistic evolution of this dynamic and important issue. Your presence is vital to our process!

Please join us for a private work-in-progress showing

Monday, July 20th at 7:00pm

@ Classic Stage Company

136 East 13th Street

[4, 5, 6, N, R or L trains to 14th Street/Union Square]

Seating is limited. RSVP to blood.dazzler.09@gmail.com by Sunday, July 19th

Blood Dazzler

Based on poems by Patricia Smith

Adapted & Directed by Patricia McGregor

Choreography by Paloma McGregor

Cristal Albornoz
Eddie Brown
Alex Houston
Lizan Mitchell
Sarita Louise Moore
Rhea Patterson
Tiffany Stewart

Set: Scott Dougan

Costumes: Katherine O’Neill

Lights: Ji-Youn Chang

Sound: Keith Obadike

Education/Community Engagement: Mendi Obadike & Nicole A. Watson

Associate Producers: Martha Jurczak, Abigail Katz & David Roberts

See Angela’s Pulse at The Kitchen, May 14-16

AP3 co-founders Paloma and Patricia McGregor have joined forces as part of the creative team behind the premier of Mendi+Keith Obadike’s latest performance work, Four Electric Ghosts. This multimedia “opera-masquerade” is inspired by the Nigerian novel My Life in the Bush of Ghosts and the 80s video game PacMan. Through live music, text, dance and video, the work creates a composite world at the intersection of game culture, the folktale and pop songs. Check out a sneak preview.

Hope to see you there.

May 14-16
8 p.m.
Four Electric Ghosts
The Kitchen
512 W. 19th St. (between 10th and 11th Aves.), NYC
A,C,E to 14th St. (8th Ave)
L to 8th Ave. (14th St.)
1 to 18th St. (7th Ave.)

Angela’s Pulse co-founder dances at United Nations, March 25

Angela’s Pulse co-founder Paloma McGregor will be performing at the United Nations’ 2009 Commemoration of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, one of ten award-winning dancers of various nationalities in a piece dedicated to the Middle Passage. The evening will also include such artists as Peter Buffett, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Danny Glover, Salif Keita, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, The Marley Brothers and Phylicia Rashad.

See: Breaking the Silence, Beating the Drum

The event will also be Web cast.

Hope you can catch it.


Angela’s Pulse in concert March 20-21

Our newest solo dance work, Battlegrounds, will be presented at Harlem School of the Arts as part of a larger evening of dance, poetry and theater by some amazing artists. The work, set to original music by collaborators Mendi + Keith Obadike, is the first piece of a larger work-in-progress about women’s individual and collective battles.

Details below. Please come out and support.


NEW HSA logo black


INSPIRIT Dance Company

Celebrate Women’s History Month


The Voice – The Body – The History

& The Evolution

Friday, March 20 & Saturday, March 21
8:00 PM-9:30 PM
HSA Theater, 647 Saint Nicholas Ave. @ 141st St. A,B,C,D Trains to 145 Street, SW exits

Through a variety of dance, poetry and theater performances, this diverse and thematic work, as part of Women’s History Month, is in honor of the significant contributions of women and their historical triumphs.

Through a balance of professional and student performances, the audiences will view work from choreographers Nia Love of Blacksmith’s Daughter, Christal Brown of INSPIRIT, Paloma McGregor of Urban Bush Women, and HSA Dance Instructor Keith Anthony Lewis. Additional performances by poet Nabiyah and a theatrical work written and directed by E. Mesiyah McGinnis.
Tickets $10 per person, for sale at the door.
Suggested audience: ages 11 and up

NPR Accolades for Blood Dazzler

Patricia Smith’s book of poetry, Blood Dazzler, was selected as one of NPR’s Top 5 Books of 2008. The book is the basis for our dance/theater collaboration by the same name, which will premiere at New York’s New Dance Group in June 2009. So while we wait to hear about the National Book Award, we can warm ourselves in the glow of this honor for Smith’s amazing work.

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