October 1, 2015
Joan Myers Brown, Founder/Artistic Executive Director of The Philadelphia Dance Company, PHILADANCO! published the DIRECTORY OF CHOREOGRAPHERS FOR BLACK DANCE COMPANIES, January 10, 1995.
This one-of-a-kind publication was in response to the frequent question for information about “black choreographers who work with black dancers or predominantly black dance companies.” Well, 20 years later, it is still necessary to compile this information in a readily digestible form so that it can be made available to anyone who needs it.
This publication will provide, in a concise and comprehensive form, answers to the most frequently asked requests for information about black choreographers and choreography, although you will not find judgments about the quality of any choreographer’s work.
Artistic Directors seeking to enrich their repertoires and choreographers pursuing new opportunities to display their work should find the directory helpful. Everyone in the dance community will benefit from having the information it contains at their fingertips, as well.
IABD is soliciting the biographical data appropriate for the directory from Black Choreographers. Please complete the Choreographers’ Questionnaire (click here) to submit it electronically. Information submitted will be reviewed and verified before publication in the directory. A final deadline for publication submission will be set in November 2015. The directory is scheduled for release in January 2016 at the 28th Annual IABD Conference and Festival in Denver, CO.
The publication will be made to available to IABD Members at no cost. Others who may desire the information can pay a nominal fee for an electronic copy of the document.
It is with deepest appreciation that we thank you for your contribution to this very important publication.
With the Creator’s Energy, humbly giving thanks…
Denise Saunders Thompson
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