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The Gathering 2016: Advocating for Black Female Choreographers in the Contemporary Dance World in New York—Sunday 17 January 2016

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Photo by Ra-Re Valverde/Clitter Beast Culture. 

The Gathering 2016: Advocating for Black Female Choreographers in the Contemporary Dance World livestreamed from New York City on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 17 January at 1 p.m.-4 p.m. PST (San Francisco) / 3 p.m.-6 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 4 p.m.-7 p.m. EST (New York). 

Use Twitter hashtag #TheGathering2016 and direct your comments @CamilleABrown. Facilitators' Twitter handles are: @DancingWhileBlk, @PalomaMcGregor, @shanijamila. The Gathering partner Twitter handles are: @NewYorkLiveArts, @TheFieldNYC, @DanceNYC.

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.

The Gathering 2016 thanks its partners New York Live Arts (NYLA), The Field, and Dance/NYC.

Meet the Facilitators

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"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 McGregor is a Caribbean-born, Harlem-based choreographer and facilitator. She is co-founder and director of Angela’s Pulse, which creates and produces performance works dedicated to building community and illuminating bold, new stories. Since 2012, Angela’s Pulse has produced Dancing While Black, an evolving effort to build partnerships and create platforms for dialogue, process, performance, and documentation for black dance artists.

Paloma is currently an Artist-in-Residence at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, where she is developing an installation-based solo iteration of Building a Better Fishtrap, a performance project rooted in her 89-year-old father’s vanishing fishing tradition. The project examines what we take with us, leave behind, and return to reclaim. Paloma toured internationally for six years as a dancer with Urban Bush Women and has performed in projects with Liz Leman, Christal Brown, Jill Sigman, Cassie Meador, Marjani Forte, Germaul Barnes, and others.

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"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 is an interdisciplinary artist and cultural worker based in New York City. Her travels to more than 35 countries throughout Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, and the Americas deeply inform her photography and collage practice. She has exhibited and performed at institutions including the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Smack Mellon Gallery, SCOPE Art Fair, Phillips Collection, Corridor Gallery, and Princeton University. An experienced public speaker, she has lectured and hosted community conversations at the Brooklyn Museum, Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian, NYU, Pacifica Radio, and the United Nations.

Currently, Shani is a managing director of the Urban Justice Center, where she leads the organization’s initiatives in human rights and the arts. A Fulbright scholar with over a decade of leadership in designing and executing innovative programs that use the arts to catalyze social change, her work creates an opportunity for audiences to imagine new possibilities for the creation of a just society. Jamila’s career has received recognition in a permanent mural at her alma mater Spelman College and in publications like the New York Times, Trinidad Guardian, the London based literary magazine Sable and ESSENCE—as “One of the 35 Most Remarkable Women in the World.” For more, please visit www.shanijamila.com.

About HowlRound TV
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