FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 19, 2020
CONTACT: Johanna Tschebull
Washington, DC – Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance, is pleased to announce the publication of an article series examining the creative process of 31 Artist Fellows who received support through Dance/USA Fellowships to Artists (DFA). The work of these artists explores the social practice of dance, and expands the notion of what it looks like, where it happens, where it comes from, and the role it plays in communities. The artists are featured in eleven articles, which will be released through the end of 2020. In the articles, the writers bring voices and shared lived experiences as artists, academics, and cultural commentators; and are Black and Indigenous; transgender, gender nonconforming, and cisgender; disabled and nondisabled. Read an introduction to the series and find links to the articles here.
“We are pleased to elevate the voices of these artists and the important issues they address through their work,” said Dance/USA Executive Director Amy Fitterer. “Dance plays an important role in connecting communities and sustaining cultures.”
“Where these artists may speak loudest is through their movement languages,” noted DFA article series coeditors Suzanne Callahan and Lily Kharrazi. “Beyond and outside of formal theater spaces, a deep ecosystem of dance making exists all around us, which has meaning to its communities, roots in the past, relevance for the present, and visions for a just, liberated future.”
About Dance/USA Fellowships to Artists
Dance/USA Fellowships to Artists, established through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, awarded over $1 million in unrestricted funding to 31 artists who address social change within one of more communities through dance. Many of the Dance/USA Artist Fellows utilize community facilitation and organizing to advance issues, including race, disability, and immigration; others are the bearers of cultures that were nearly lost. Find a list of the Dance/USA Artist Fellows here. Learn about the program here.
Propelled by our belief that dance can inspire a more just and humane world, Dance/USA will amplify the power of dance to inform and inspire a nation where creativity and the field thrive. Dance/USA is the national service organization for the professional dance field. Established in 1982, Dance/USA champions an inclusive and equitable dance field by leading, convening, advocating, and supporting individuals and organizations. Dance/USA’s core programs are focused in the areas of engagement, advocacy, research, and preservation. Learn more at danceusa.org.