for the world premiere of 
BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play
The Joyce Theater 
Sept 22 - 27
Hello friend!

We are two weeks away from our first full week at The Joyce Theater! The Company and I are excited to premiere  BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play and  join audiences in conversation during "The Dialogue"- a conversation about the cultural and universal themes in the work.  

BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play is a black girl's story told through her gaze. Check out this clip of Fana Fraser  & Beatrice Capote  !

Fana & Beatrice in BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play- compositions by Scott Patterson and Tracy Wormworth
Fana & Beatrice in BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play- compositions by Scott Patterson and Tracy Wormworth

We are honored to have these artists, activists, and educators facilitating "The Dialogue" during our season.

Tuesday, September 22
Mark Anthony Neal is a Professor of Black Popular Culture in the Department of African and African-American Studies at Duke University. He is the author of multiple books including What the Music Said: Black Popular Music and Black Public Culture and contributes to several on-line media outlets. He also hosts the weekly webcast  Left of Black.

Wednesday, September 23 
Dr. R. L'Heureux Lewis-McCoy is a scholar and activist in education, youth culture, and public policy. He is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Black Studies at the City College of  New York - CUNY. His book  Inequality in the Promised Land looks at the ways suburban school districts and families deal with issues of racial and economic diversity. 

Thursday, September 24 
Jamilah Lemieux is a leading Millenial voice on race gender and sexuality. A Chicago native and graduate of Howard University, she was recently named the Senior Editor for EBONY magazine, after nearly 4 years of serving as an editor for the brand's digital arm. Her work has appeared in/at Essence, the Washington Post, The Nation, Mic, Gawker and a host of other publications, and she has been a featured commentator on MSNBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, MTV and Comedy Central. She resides in Brooklyn.

Friday, September 25 
Scheherezade Tillet, is one of the rising feminist activists and leader of her generation. At the age of twenty-four years old, she co-founded A Long Walk Home, Inc. (ALWH). In 2013, she was nominated by Gloria Steinem for Chicago Foundation for Women's Impact Awards. Since 1998, she has been committed to creating a national platform that speaks out against sexual violence against women and girls.

Saturday, September 26 
dream hampton is a writer, award winning filmmaker, and organizer. A 2014 Film/Theatre Kresge Fellow, hampton has written about music, culture and politics since 1990. Her essays have also been included in more than a dozen anthologies. hampton is currently the 2015 Visiting Artist at Stanford University's Institute for Diversity in the Arts where she teaches "From Moments to Movements" a course on 21st century activism, new media and new narratives.

Sunday, September 27
For over 20 years, Dr. Kyra Gaunt, Ph.D has examined the patriarchal, heteronormative socialization of race, gender, age and voice that informs the embodied sound cultures and kinetic oralities of musical blackness. She is a classically-trained singer, singer-songwriter, jazz vocalist and one of the inaugural 40  TED Fellows . She is also the prize-winning author of The Games Black Girls Play from Double-Dutch to Hip-Hop.

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The creation and presentation of BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play is supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project with lead funding provided by The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Major support for this new work also comes from the MAP Fund, primarily supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional funds from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Engaging Dance Audiences administered by Dance/USA and made possible with generous funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; a Jerome Foundation 50th Anniversary Grant; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Harkness Foundation for Dance; and a 2014 New York City Center Choreography Fellowship.

This work was commissioned by DANCECleveland through a 2014 Joyce Award from the Joyce Foundation, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at The University of Maryland, Juniata Presents and Juniata College.  It was developed, in part, during a residency at Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York, NY awarded through the Princess Grace Foundation-USA Works in Progress residency program; a creative residency at The Yard, The Flynn Center and the Wesleyan Center for the Arts; a technical residency at Juniata College in Huntington, PA; a residency at New York City Center; and a residency at Newcomb Dance Program, Tulane University Department of Theatre and Dance.
Until next time...

Take care of your body and spirit! 

Camille :)

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