We’re so excited about this new year! And in the spirit of Sankofa, we are reflecting on 2017 in order to move forward. Last year was about building momentum and support.
We kicked off 2017 with Paloma performing Building a Better Fishtrap/Phase 2 at New York Live Arts and talking about Creativity, Innovation, and Disruption at Work as a guest on the APAP panel Changing the Flow; continued with a Dancing While Black Retrospective at BAX; presented works-in-progress of a new ensemble iteration of Building a Better Fishtrap at NYLA and the Bronx River, and created an interactive Fishtrap installation for Works on Water in the spring; spent the summer completing our third year of the Dancing While Black Fellowship; and we closed the year with the kickoff of Dancing While Black’s Fifth Anniversary season with Story Circles facilitated by Wendi Moore-O’Neal.
In 2018, we are more energized than ever. The November Story Circle process launched us into a season of Organizing Toward Vision in an Age of Resistance. Together we shared, danced, sang, shouted, drew, and wrote our freedom visions. And now we will advance them, together.
Angela’s Pulse was recently commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival to lead Pittsfield Moves!, a new year-long community initiative dedicated to developing a practice of storytelling and relationship building through movement. The commission includes a performance during the Jacob’s Pillow performance festival’s Inside/Out series.
Building a Better Fishtrap is also ramping up for the June 23 premiere of From The River’s Mouth, the third major iteration of this project. The work will be performed on and along the Bronx River for audiences on boats, in partnership with Bronx-based artists and organizations including the Bronx River Alliance and Rocking the Boat. The work is further supported by Paloma’s current artist residencies at New York Live Arts and Movement Research, as well as resources from MAP Fund and Urban Bush Women’s inaugural fellowship program.
Dancing While Black is creating platforms for important dialogues in NYC and beyond; producing its Fifth Anniversary Festival (May 3-5, 2018) with longtime partner BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance; supporting community-building among the current class of six DWB Fellows; and developing a new digital journal, which will launch this fall!
We couldn’t do any of this work without you. You are an active witness. You contribute ideas. You ask questions. You challenge with love. You, our community, are our greatest resource.