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The new wave of modern movement according to Bill T. Jones, Kyle Abraham, and Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener
08/13/2020
DOCUMENT
For Spring/Summer 2020, Document asked dance luminaries Bill T. Jones, Kyle Abraham, and Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener to nominate the most exciting new faces—and bodies—in the world of movement. Bill T. Jones is the MacArthur “Genius” Grant-winning co-founder of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and the winner of...

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Meeting Moby Dick - Why the great white whale will never die
07/26/2020
Moyers & Company
Even if you haven’t read Herman Melville’s classic American novel, Moby-Dick, you are probably quite familiar with the concept of “the white whale” — an obsessive search for a goal that is not attainable and might ultimately lead to your demise. Choreographer and director Bill T. Jones’ most recent work, Deep Blue Sea, takes...

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Black Choreographer Raja Feather Kelly Uses Dance To Help Playwrights Tell Stories
07/15/2020
WBUR - Boston’s NPR News Station
Raja Feather Kelly doesn’t favor high kicks and fancy twirls. Instead, the young Black choreographer uses movement based on the personalities of his dancers and actors to help playwrights tell their stories. Alexandra Starr reports. This segment aired on July...

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Curating the End of the World: Afrofuturism and Black Speculative Art in Times of COVID-19
07/08/2020
Museum of Equality and Difference
Scrolling through the online exhibition Curating the End of the World – hosted by New York Live Arts and The Black Speculative Arts Movement[i], soundscapes and visual imageries blend into a submerging audio-visual digital sphere, slowly yet steadily drawing the viewer into a digital third space. [ii] Then,...

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A Letter on Justice and Open Debate
07/07/2020
Harper's Magazine
Our cultural institutions are facing a moment of trial. Powerful protests for racial and social justice are leading to overdue demands for police reform, along with wider calls for greater equality and inclusion across our society, not least in higher education, journalism, philanthropy, and the arts. But this needed reckoning...

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Artists and Writers Warn of an ‘Intolerant Climate.’ Reaction Is Swift.
07/07/2020
New York Times
An open letter published by Harper’s, signed by luminaries including Margaret Atwood and Wynton Marsalis, argued for openness to “opposing views.” The debate began immediately. The killing of George Floyd has brought an intense moment of racial reckoning in the United States. As protests spread across the country, they have been...

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These 3 Former Comp Kids Are Now "Downtown" Standouts
07/04/2020
Dance Magazine
For most dancers growing up on the competition and convention scene, working professionally as a commercial dancer is a natural transition. Through the circuit, connections are made, relationships are fostered and representation is gained. But that’s far from the only path you can take. Former “comp kids” end up in...

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Virtual Pride 2020: A guide to concerts, dance parties, drag shows and more
06/26/2020
New York Post
Gay pride will spread by way of a virtual rainbow this weekend. With the coronavirus pandemic sidelining many in-person LGBTQ celebrations this year, NYC Pride will host a two-hour broadcast extravaganza, featuring “Pose” star Billy Porter, singer Janelle Monáe and more — in lieu of a parade...

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Beauty everywhere: Notes from Session 6 of TED2020
06/25/2020
TED Blog
We’re six weeks into TED2020! For session 6: a celebration of beauty on every level, from planet-trekking feats of engineering to art that deeply examines our past, present, future — and much more. TED Fellow and theater artist Daniel Alexander Jones lights up the (virtual) stage by channeling Jomama Jones, a...

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Black Pride Events Save LGBTQ+ Lives. Now What?
06/15/2020
refinery29
Twenty-nine years ago in Washington, D.C., Ernest Hopkins, Theodore Kirkland, and Welmore Cook organized the “first Black PRIDE.” It was held on Memorial Day weekend in tribute to the Club House, a social club that, over its 15-year tenure, became a pillar of the Black LGBTQ+ community....

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