Conceived by choreographer Camille A. Brown, The Gathering serves as an open forum for intergenerational black female artists to support one another and to advocate for greater cultural equity and acknowledgement in the contemporary dance world. Ultimately, The Gathering’s collaborative advocacy will enhance the visibility, understanding, exposure, celebration, notoriety and sustainability of prolific, intergenerational African diaspora female choreographers, leading to more widespread acceptance, appreciation and publicity in American and global society.
The Gathering 2016
Using a variety of facilitation modes – including story circles, movement synthesis and intergenerational dialogue – Dancing While Black creator Paloma McGregor and artist/organizer Shani Jamila will lead us in building community and creating “next steps” for the work we each are doing or visioning.
Meet the Facilitators
“My hope for the Gathering is that we’ll shape a honest, open and impactful space. I’m excited about engaging in meaningful dialogue about culture and identity with the dance practitioners and scholars who will be there.” ~ Shani Jamila
“I hope we will get to know one another better, in small groups that allow us to deepen our connections and strengthen our networks. I hope that we are able to take away group-generated strategies and goals for navigating our work and the field. I hope each of us leaves with an accomplishable next step in mind toward progress within our practices.” ~Paloma