Art & Performance
Divide from Guest Artistic Director Marc Brew, draws inspiration from visual artist Carl Andre's designs working in minimalism. This dance is an abstract work exploring the divide in human interaction in movement, space and time. The heart of AXIS Dance Company is the commissioning, creation, and performance of contemporary dance that is developed through the collaboration of dancers with and without physical disabilities.
"Because if you need me to prove my humanity, I'm not the one that's not human." Suhaiyamah Manzoor-Khan is the second-place winner at the 2017 Last Word Festival, a is home to a captivating mix of live performances that all have a story to tell.
September 27–December 17, 2017 Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument pulls together more than eighty items from the Gordon Parks Foundation archives to offer a comprehensive investigation into the African American photographer’s first Life magazine photo-essay, “Harlem Gang Leader” (1948).
Chinaka Hodge reads new and commissioned work, forefronting politics, home and cultural remembrance at the 2017 Othering and Belonging Conference put on by the Haas Institute for a Fair & Inclusive Society.
In a ballet world filled with white swans, Misty Copeland stands out. As the first African-American female to hold the rank of Soloist at American Ballet Theater in 20 years, Copeland has had an improbable rise. In her memoir “Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina,” Copeland recounts that journey from poverty to the spotlight of one of America's top ballet companies. PBS NewsHour story aired on Aug. 13, 2014. (Photo courtesy Nisian Hughes).
Women in red: A stunning performance of the red dress jingle dancers in honor of and to raise awareness for the Indigenous Missing and Murdered Women in Canada.
New York-based artist Kehinde Wiley did not see himself reflected on the walls of the world's great museums, so he set out to create classical-style paintings featuring men and women of color, often echoing masterworks. He was recently selected by former president Barack Obama to paint his official presidential portrait. (CBS Sunday Morning interview with Rita Braver Nov. 1, 2015)
Urban Jazz Dance Company consists of a mix of professional Deaf and Hearing dancers. Antoine Hunter is UJD's founder and director; he is deaf. He started the company to support, understand and provide opportunities for deaf and disabled artists.