Still Crossing

Liz Lerman’s Still Crossing is a work originally commissioned for Dance Exchange the 1986 centennial of the Statue of Liberty.  The piece features Dance Exchange artists and group of people drawn from communities hosting the performance. Described at its premiere as a “visionary work of extraordinary eloquence,” (New York Times), Still Crossing has become a signature work of Dance Exchange that combines artistry, intellect and social consciousness in a new aesthetic of dance. In communities across the nation, Still Crossing has been recontextualized and restaged in collaboration with Dance Exchange to hold questions and themes of migration and forced migration.

Upcoming in Mississippi

In January 2018 Dance Exchange artists travel to Mississippi to engage multiple communities on themes of journey. In January, Dance Exchange brings this work to students and faculty at Belhaven University, while Exec. Artistic Director Cassie Meador and Dance Exchange return to Tupelo to share practices and perform alongside community artists, educators, and partners from the Link Centre. The performance includes excerpts from Meador’s How To Lose a Mountain, Lerman’s Journey, and Still Crossing, featuring Dance Exchange and Tupelo artists, community members, and students from Belhaven University. 


May 2018
Dance Exchange will explore ideas of prayer, performance, and protest. Beginning with a performance on the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage on May 31 of Still Crossing and other works, this continues through a weekend of activities that bring performance and engagement to different sites – offering opportunities to reframe how we connect with the work and the ways, and reasons, we bring our ideas into action. 

Perform with us at the Kennedy Center! Our Millennium Stage appearance is connected to Co|Lab, Dance Exchange’s community laboratory that invites local community members and artists to collaborate and perform with us.