FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 28, 2015
Alison Waldman Emily Theys
Communications Coordinator Communications and Development Director
Dance Exchange presents Bricks & Bones
An immersive performance series in Dallas, TX
October 28, 2015, DALLAS, TX: This November 1-7, Dance Exchange leads an immersive performance series for the Dallas community in response to the erasure of Black lives and communities in Dallas, Texas, and the movements to recover, rebuild and honor those lost histories. A multi-year project co-directed by Cassie Meador and Paloma McGregor, Bricks & Bones brings Maryland-based Dance Exchange and communities of Dallas, Texas together to collaboratively weave dance, song, and story telling into an intergenerational investigation of how race shapes the landscape around us. Throughout different locations in Dallas, the performance series invites audiences to travel backward and forward in time to reflect on the current racial landscape and asks how each of us takes a step in moving racial equity forward. The series culminates with an evening-length work on November 7 at 7:30 PM at the South Dallas Cultural Center.
Bricks & Bones is presented in collaboration with the Embrey Family Foundation, Ignite/Arts Dallas, Southern Methodist University, the South Dallas Cultural Center, Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church, and the African American Museum. Dance Exchange is a partner of Dallas Faces Race, a community coalition of over 300 Dallas based organizations; numerous national partners; and countless individuals dedicated to recognizing, confronting, and dismantling racial in equity and injustice.
In Bricks & Bones, Dance Exchange will leverage its practice rooted in artistic process and performance to work alongside Dallas, TX communities to raise ongoing struggles for racial equity in the public consciousness and to build capacities for change in Dallas’ institutions, policies, and practices.
Together, Dance Exchange and Dallas Faces Race have gathered a network of collaborators including community and faith leaders, poets, writers, singers, and local activists. This intergenerational, multi-racial coalition of individuals has been working closely with Dance Exchange since 2013 and convened for the first time at Dance Exchange’s 2014 Summer Institute and again at Race Forward’s 2014 national Facing Race Conference in Dallas last November, where they performed and brought 2,000 individuals from around the country together through engaging them in movement.
Dance Exchange now returns to Dallas in a series that includes performance and engagements at the African American Museum, Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church, Southern Methodist University, Billy Earl Dade Middle School, and the South Dallas Cultural Center. All performances and engagements are free of charge.
Public engagements take place:
Sunday, Nov. 1, 1-2 PM at the African American Museum
3536 Grand Avenue – Dallas, TX 75210
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 12-1 PM at Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church
1816 Routh Street – Dallas, TX 75201
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1-2 PM at Southern Methodist University
6425 Boaz Lane – Dallas, TX 75205
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 5-6 PM at Billy Earl Dade Middle School
2727 Al Lipschomb Way – Dallas, TX 75215
Saturday, Nov. 7, 7:30 PM at South Dallas Cultural Center
3400 South Fitzhugh – Dallas, TX 75210
A full list of the week’s engagements can be found at danceexchange.org.
About Dance Exchange
Dance Exchange is a Takoma Park, MD-based non-profit arts organization committed to dance making and creative practices that engage individuals and communities of all ages to cultivate a deeper understanding of themselves and their world, and to open up the questions at the heart of their lives. Founded in 1976 by Liz Lerman and under the artistic direction of Cassie Meador since 2011, Dance Exchange creates dances by asking four questions:
- Who gets to dance?
- Where is the dance happening?
- What is it about?
- Why does it matter?
Dance Exchange breaks boundaries between stage and audience, theater and community, movement and language, tradition and the unexplored. DX collaborates across generations, disciplines, and communities to channel the power of performance as a convener for dialogue, a source of critical reflection, and a creative engine for thought and action. Recent and current projects include explorations of human rights, nuclear physics, ecology, human-environmental interactions, and the advancement of racial equity. For more, visit danceexchange.org.