Community Dialogues

An intimate conversational platform founded on the belief that cultural institutions can and should be a catalyst for societal transformation by participating in a world of ideas. Open Spectrum provides a space for community dialogue on the most vital issues facing our community today, engaging participants in active listening, constructive discourse and action planning.

Bill Chats: Elizabeth Alexander

In Partnership with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Please join us for a reception at 5:30 PM.

Bill T. Jones, legendary choreographer and artistic director of New York Live Arts joins Elizabeth Alexander, renowned poet, educator, memoirist, scholar, cultural advocate and president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to discuss the role of the dance arts in preserving the cultural record for a new generation. The conversation will be preceded by a special work-in-progress screening of the anticipated new documentary film, Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters (co-dir. Rosalynde LeBlanc, Tom Hurwitz), about a group of dancers who must overcome the physical and emotional challenges required to learn Jones’s 1989 tour-de-force on risk and sacrifice, love, loss, and resurrection.

Open Spectrum: Ballroom Has Something to Say: Lecture/Performance/Competition

Presented as part of Open Spectrum: Ballroom Has Something to Say

5 PM Ballroom: Trans Sounds of Black Freedom
A Lecture / Performance / Discussion exploring the history of the House | Ballroom community as a Black Trans-Womanist theological discourse, a freedom movement, and its spiritual formation responses to race, class, sexuality, and gender oppression. This event examines how a community reimagines itself through Performance, Fashion, and Intentional Kinship.

7 PM The Category is Vogue Fem (OTA)
Curated by Michael Roberson (theologian, public health practitioner, activist, leader within the LGBTQ and House | Ballroom community, and advisor for the TV show Pose) and presented in partnership with House Lives Matter and the Arbert Santana Ballroom Freedom and Free School Project.


Open Spectrum provides a space for community dialogue on the most vital issues facing our community today, engaging participants in active listening, constructive discourse and action planning.

Support for Open Spectrum is generously provided by Partners for New Performance

Open Spectrum: Ballroom Has Something to Say: Class, taught by JASON A. RODRIGUEZ AND PONY ZION

Presented as part of Open Spectrum: Ballroom Has Something to Say

Voguing Class co-taught by FX’s Pose cast member Jason A Rodriguez (Vogue New Way) and Ballroom Icon Pony Zion (Vogue Fem).


Open Spectrum provides a space for community dialogue on the most vital issues facing our community today, engaging participants in active listening, constructive discourse and action planning.

Support for Open Spectrum is generously provided by Partners for New Performance

Bill Chats: Elizabeth Diller

Bill T. Jones in conversation with Elizabeth Diller (world renowned artist/architect of projects including The High Line and The Shed, partner/founder of Diller Scofidio + Renfro) about their collaboration on the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company’s upcoming work premiering in Spring 2020.