Curated and Moderated by Theresa Ruth Howard
The history of Black Philadelphians in classical ballet dates back to the early 1930’s. In this in-depth panel discussion, dance icons Joan Myers Brown of Philadanco and Delores Browne of The New York Negro Ballet recount the early years as dancers. From training with trailblazers like Sydney King and Marion Cuyjet, to studying with World renown English choreographer Anthony Tudor, their stories are a master class on ballet, blackness, and how they intersect here in Philadelphia. Accompanying this illuminating talk will be a visual exhibit of portraiture by Eva Mueller.
This talk and exhibit has been curated by Theresa Ruth Howard of Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet and supported by the Knight Foundation.
MOBB reinstates and preserves the contributions and stories of Black artists in the field of ballet. MOBB will invoke the sentiment of a digital Museum through archival information of Blacks in Ballet, sharing Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet in the form of oral histories. In addition we intend to create both digital and physical artistic installations, and forums for stimulating and dynamic conversations. MOBB will also act as a network that will support and aid future generations in their becoming. MOBBallet.org
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