FLY: Inside the Dancer’s Studio

If you love to learn from the masters themselves, join the Bride behind the scenes for a riveting, intimate conversation with and FLY participants Bebe Miller, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Germaine Acogny, Dianne McIntyre and Carmen de Lavallade as well as Philadanco founder Joan Myers-Brown. This full evening of engagement (approx. 90 minutes long) will be facilitated by regional dance scholar Dr. Brenda Dixon-Gottschild.

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Interview between Carmen de Lavallade and Terry Fox:

Inside the Dancer’s Studio is a great opportunity to see exactly who are the FLY Five Five. In a few words, the FLY are five celebrated choreographers who have shaped American and international contemporary dance for the past 50 years, and this is a rare, perhaps once in a lifetime, opportunity to observe these legendary females speaking about their craft from the perch of prestige and experience. These are women who have won awards like the Guggenheim Fellowship and the Bessies (New York Dance and Performance award) multiple times. These women have been heralded for their innovations, creating companies that have pushed forward existing notions of the boundaries of dance into cutting-edge interdisciplinary collaborations.

In the Bride’s space, renowned Philadelphia dance scholar Dr. Brenda Dixon-Gottschild will facilitate a close conversation elaborating on the work, challenges and achievements of these august women. For instance, Jo Zollar’s Urban Bush Women Company has been a fundamental force for years developing ties between dance and community activism, training dancers to develop works of community engagement. Acogny is known as the mother of Contemporary African Dance and has changed the scope and form of dance as art in Africa with the creation of the first international centre for traditional and contemporary African dancers on the continent. McIntyre and Miller are noted for their avant–garde and inspiring interdisciplinary artistic collaborations, creating repertories that stretch forward and backward in time, accessing the feelings of place and space. De Lavallade stands tall as a contemporary of famous choreographers including Alvin Ailey, John Butler and Agnes De Mille, just to name a few.

Yet, lists of accomplishments can be tiresome and miss the whole point, the irresistibility intimacy of this night. In late October, the Painted Bride is honored to host these five women, power houses of modern dance, because they will come to our stage, stripped for a brief moment, inviting you to experience the soul of their solo dancer. Outside of their critical prestige, removed from the support of their company and collaborators, these women will share a stage to speak about their journey, past obstacles and future dreams.

We encourage you to become a part of this special night.

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FLY: Five First Ladies of Dance is a project of 651 ARTS.

FLY: Five First Ladies of Dance has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through Dance Advance

This tour of FLY: Five First Ladies of Dance is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Funded in party by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding form the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation.