Black female choreographers underrepresented in dance industry

A collective of theatremakers will unite in New York on 8 January to tackle the underrepresentation of Black female choreographers in the dance industry.

Shining light on the issues via a live documentary-style discussion panel The Gathering 2017: Advocating for Black Female Choreographers in the Contemporary Dance World will be produced by HowlRound TV network, an online commons-based peer group for the theatre industry.

The brainchild of choreographer Camille A Brown in 2014, The Gathering is 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.

The event, which will take place on Sunday at Gibney Dance’s Agnes Varis Center for the Performing Arts, New York, from 6.30pm-9pm, is co-facilitated by cultural strategist and performance artist Ebony Noelle Golden and artist-activist Sydnie Mosley.

This year the annual forum poses the question ‘How can we leverage the work that has already been done [to support Black women in the dance field and make an]  impact moving forward?’

Partners for the project include The Howard Gilman Foundation, Gibney Dance, The Field, and Dance/NYC.

You can also catch Camille A Brown at a number of APAP events this weekend, where she will be discussing Ethics, Relationships and Communication with Heena Patel and Toby Tumarkin.

Want to get involved but not in NYC? You can watch the livestream here on 8 Jan from 6.30pm EST.
Direct your comments and thoughts on Twitter via Camille A Brown @CamilleABrown; Ebony Noelle Golden @bettysdaughter1; and Sydnie Mosley @sydmosley. The Gathering partner Twitter handles are: @GibneyDance, @TheFieldNYC, @DanceNYC.

Practitioners are invited to become a producer and co-produce with HowlRound by contacting @HowlRoundTV on Twitter or emailing, or by calling Vijay Mathew at +(1) 917-686-3185.