We, the co-producers of Dancing Queerly, wholeheartedly and without reservation, support the members of the Boston Pride Committee and Black & Latinx Pride Committee who are calling for the resignation of the Boston Pride Board and real, proactive change to serve the Boston LGBTQIA+ community. https://docs.google.com/…/1eLBM08-TnCT1GwoTkhto…/mobilebasic
We cannot stand by while an organization that claims to be “listening” to Black activists and community members betrays our trust by announcing a meeting with police. Black and POC organizers have been asking for change from Pride since (at least) 2015.
At this moment, LGBTQ organizations need to be amplifying the demands of local organizers of color who are calling for major redistribution of our city budget away from racist policing & control. LGBTQ organizations need to use our voices and platforms to support these BIPOC-led organizations in organizing to get Boston to shift money to instead invest in what most-impacted communities of color have been requesting for years: funding for housing, health care, mental health support, schools, and jobs with dignity. We support the urgent call to defund the police and encourage you to learn about work by local organizations like Families for Justice as Healing.
Today we are removing Boston Pride’s logo from this weekend’s videos. As planned, all the money we received from the Boston Pride Community Foundation is going directly to artists appearing in this weekends’ programming.
As white organizers we recognize the ways our complacency and silence has allowed Pride to continue brushing the real concerns of Black and POC organizers aside. We apologize. At one time, accepting grants from the Boston Pride Community Foundation and using their funds to pay artists for our scrappy little festival felt like a redistribution of resources that was aligned with our values. In mid-April, offering Boston Pride co-sponsorship of our 2020 virtual events in exchange for publicity and a spot on the official pride calendar seemed like a win-win, furthering our mission by spreading the word about Dancing Queerly further than we ever could on our own. The Boston Pride Board’s actions & continued ignorance make it clear that we can no longer be affiliated with their organization without radical change that centers BIPOC LGBTQ people’s self-identified needs & demands.
We vow to continue our work towards centering Black voices in queer dance. If you join us for any of our events, we hope they nurture your spirit and fuel your sense of justice. Our programming is free and available for the next week. If you want to spend your Friday night at a protest or vigil, or if you want to celebrate Juneteenth with a different live program, you can register for free and watch the live recordings later*.
*Instructions: you can register on eventbrite for both events until June 28 at 11:30 PM.The programs will be visible to view until 9:00 AM on Monday, June 29.
Dancing Queerly Live
Featuring live conversations, multimedia presentations, original new work, pop-up dance lessons, and more. Hosted by the inimitable TruDee with Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion, Lilly Rose Valore, Queens with a Mission, Em Papineau and Sofia Engelman, The Boston Renegaydes. Twilight Escada and Olivia Blaisdell, it’s the quarantine-chic version of the show we planned to have in-person. Co-presented by Dancing Queerly and Boston Pride. Free, registration required.
Dancing Queerly, 2020 is made possible thanks to the fiscal sponsorship of Boston Dance Alliance, and through the generous financial support of ArtsBoston Audience Lab, Boston Pride Community Fund, Cambridge Community Foundation, and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
Featuring performances chosen by guest curator Eva Yaa Asantewaa. This incredible evening of queer dance work brings a cutting edge dance concert to you at home. Co-presented by Dancing Queerly and Boston Pride.
Eva writes: "Jay Bouey, Ni'Ja Whitson, Maria Bauman-Morales, zavé martohardjono, and Orlando Hunter Jr and Ricarrdo Valentine of Brother(hood) Dance! are among the most thoughtful, driven and exciting artists on the contemporary New York scene. I have had the joy of witnessing their work and passion for community, justice and healing. Each one reminds me of what Toni Morrison wrote in Beloved: ""She is a friend of my mind."" Indeed, I consider each a friend of my mind. They see and capably gather us, helping us to put the many pieces we are in order so that we may breathe freely and survive. They are artists we need in this challenging moment and beyond this moment."
Register today for free! We'll also send you the link to Dancing Queerly Live on June 19, no need to register for both if you don't want to!
Dancing Queerly, 2020 is made possible thanks to the fiscal sponsorship of Boston Dance Alliance, and through the generous financial support of ArtsBoston Audience Lab, Boston Pride Community Fund, Cambridge Community Foundation, and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence."
Wrap up your Dancing Queerly 2020 weekend with a celebration and conversation on zoom. This is our virtual reception/meet-and-greet/networking/talk back - whatever you want it to be! Bring your own beverages and snacks and come hang out! Free.
Dancing Queerly, 2020 is made possible thanks to the fiscal sponsorship of Boston Dance Alliance, and through the generous financial support of ArtsBoston Audience Lab, Boston Pride Community Fund, Cambridge Community Foundation, and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
J. Bouey is a current member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company and founder and co-host of The Dance Union Podcast with Melanie Greene. J. performed with Elisa Monte Dance as an apprentice, Christal Brown’s INSPIRIT Dance Company, AntonioBrownDance, Germaul Barnes’ Viwesic Dance, Dante Brown | Warehouse Dance, and Maria Bauman’s MBDance. As a choreographer, J. Bouey has shown their original work at The Chocolate Factory, New York Live Arts, Judson Church, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Gibney Dance, BAAD!, CPR – Center for Performance Research, La Mama Experimental Theatre and South Mountain Center for Performing Arts. J. Bouey received a BFA in Dance from Arizona State University.
Ni'Ja Whitson / The NWA Project
Ni’Ja Whitson NY/LA, is a Creative Capital and “Bessie” Award winning, Queer Nonbinary multidisciplinary artist, wound and word worker, who has been referred to as “majestic” by The New York Times and recognized by Brooklyn Magazine as a culture influencer. Whitson engages a critical intersection of a sacred and conceptual transdiciplinarity in Black, Queer, and Trans-embodiedness, architectures, science, and spirit. Whitson is an 18th St. Artist in Residence (Los Angeles), 2020 Center for Performance Research artist in residence, 2018 MAP Fund awardee, featured choreographer of the 2018 CCA Biennial, 2018-2020 Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center Fellow Candidate, and invited presenter at the 2019 Tanzkongress international festival. Other recent awards include a 2018 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize Shortlist (The Unarrival Experiments), Jerome/Camargo Fellowship, Dance in Process (DiP) Residency, Hedgebrook Fellowship, LMCC Process Space Residency, Bogliasco Fellowship. Recent commissions include EMPAC, Danspace Project, BAM Next Wave Art, American Realness Festival, California African American Museum. They are an Assistant Professor of experimental choreography at UC Riverside and Artistic Director of The NWA Project.
TruDee began her dance training at the age of five in ballet, tap and aerobics under the tutelage of Miss Belinda in the local parks and recreation department. Her love of theater emerged later on through the coveted role of the Virgin Mary in the church nativity play. In her senior high school drama class she wrote and performed in her first one woman play as the prima ballerina Margot Fonteyn. TruDee, an elusive genre straddler, has gone on to share her dance stories at Joe’s Pub, American Dance Festival, Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival, and the beloved Stonewall Inn. SILO and Marble House Project and Djerassi Artist Residency have hosted her musings and creative exercises. TruDee would like you to also note that she is an award winning lip sync artist and ribboned competitive speed walking champion. Come say hello @yourstrudee
Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion
Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion is an intergenerational dance/theatre company that specializes in unique performances that push the range of the traditional, from who's dancing the work to what they dance about. Their work has appeared on-site in fountains at Rose Kennedy Greenway and on the campus of Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, as well as on table tops, on film and in traditional theatre spaces. Artistic Director Peter DiMuro leads the company’s current project, Stones to Rainbows, a documenting of dialogue among generations and intersections of the LGBTQ+ community: stonestorainbows.com; publicdisplaysofmotion.com
Established in 2016, QWAM champions for self-confidence across the Boston Dance Scene and the greater LGTBQ+ community. As a diverse all male dance crew, we are a family who wants to express and experience dance in a colorful variety of genres. We encourage everyone to embrace their royalty across the East Coast including in our very own showcase Reignbow.
J Michael Winward is an independent dance artist based in Boston. With influences in American-style ballroom, ballet, contemporary and somatic dance practices, his work places a strong focus on building connection: connection to one’s body, one’s self, one’s audience, connection between dance partners, connection within and across communities. In addition to producing Dancing Queerly, Michael is involved with several exciting dance projects. Dancing with Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion (PDM), he works to advance the PDM mission of cultivating dance/arts literacy, advocacy and engagement. Through the Steps in Time program, Michael brings social ballroom dancing to senior, elder, and memory care communities throughout Greater Boston. Learn more about Michael (and see clips of his choreography) at www.jmichaelwinward.com.
Members of the House of Escada who are currently on HBOMax's 'Legendary" Voguing for Boston Digital Pride. #BlackLivesMatter
Maria Bauman-Morales is a “Bessie” award winning multi-disciplinary artist and community organizer based in Brooklyn, NY. She is 2020 Columbia College Dance Center Practitioner-in-Residence, 2019 Gibney Dance in Process residency award winner, 2018-20 UBW Choreographic Center Fellow, 2017-19 Artist in Residence at Brooklyn Arts Exchange and was the 2017 Community Action Artist in Residence at Gibney. In 2009 she founded MBDance which recently premiered (re)Source to sold-out audiences, co-commissioned by the Chocolate Factory Theater and BAAD!. She creates bold and intimate artworks for MBDance, centering non-linear stories, bodies and musings of queer people of color.
She is an active member of our dance community outside of choreography and performance. Bauman-Morales is a Core Trainer with The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond, helping arts organizations and university dance programs understand and undo racism. In 2014, she co-founded a grassroots organization, Artists Co-creating Real Equity, which won the 2018 BAX Arts and Artists in Progress Award for working to undo racism in our daily lives. She is also a mentor to early career artists through Queer Art Mentorship.
Zavé Martohardjono is interested in weaving together political education, improvised dance, and physical healing practices to contribute to de-colonial and de-assimilationist projects. Their art-making practices contend with the political histories our bodies carry. Zavé has performed at the 92Y, The Kennedy Center, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, BAAD!, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Boston Center for the Arts, Center for Performance Research, El Museo del Barrio, Gibney Dance, HERE Arts, Issue Project Room, Storm King Art Center, the Wild Project, and elsewhere. They are currently a 2019 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence and 2019-20 Gibney Dance in Process artist in residence.
Eva Yaa Asantewaa
Eva Yaa Asantewaa (pronouns: she/her) is Senior Director of Artist Development and Curation as well as Editorial Director at Gibney, New York’s acclaimed center for dance and social activism. She won the 2017 Bessie Award for Outstanding Service to the Field of Dance as a veteran writer, curator and community educator. Since 1976, she has contributed writing on dance to Dance Magazine, The Village Voice, SoHo Weekly News, Gay City News, The Dance Enthusiast, Time Out New York and other publications and interviewed dance artists and advocates as host of two podcasts, Body and Soul and Serious Moonlight. She blogs on the arts, with dance as a specialty, for InfiniteBody and will serve as Editorial Director of Imagining: A Gibney Journal, an online publication devoted to writing on dance and performance, to be launched in Fall 2020.
Ms. Yaa Asantewaa joined the curatorial team for Danspace Project’s Platform 2016: Lost and Found and created the skeleton architecture, or the future of our worlds, an evening of group improvisation featuring 21 Black women and gender-nonconforming performers. Her cast was awarded a 2017 Bessie for Outstanding Performer. In 2018, Queer|Art named one of its awards in her honor, and Detroit-based choreographer Jennifer Harge won the first Eva Yaa Asantewaa Grant for Queer Women(+) Dance Artists. In 2019, Yaa Asantewaa was a recipient of a BAX Arts & Artists in Progress Award.
A native New Yorker of Black Caribbean heritage, Eva makes her home in the East Village with her wife, Deborah, and cat, Crystal.
Performer, Teaching Artist
Lilly Rose Valore
Lilly Rose Valore was born in Boston, Massachusetts and started her formal dance training at the age of 8. She studied with The Boston Ballet School and was featured in their Nutcracker and spring showcase. Lilly furthered her training at The Boston Arts Academy, Boston's only Public performing arts high school, with Billy Mclaughlin, Tatiana Obeso, Sheryl Pollard Thomas, Christopher Ramsey, and Cristobal Marquez. She performed her choreography solo at many different events such as Green Street Studio's Company performance night and the Arts Academy graduation.
Olivia Moon Photography / halfasianlens
Olivia Blaisdell was born in Connecticut, but raised in Los Angeles, where she grew up studying dance at The Vonder Haar Center for the Performing Arts. She returned to the East Coast to attend high school at Walnut Hill School for the Arts where she studied ballet, modern, and choreography. Olivia has also trained with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Joffrey Ballet School, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Currently she dances with KAIROS Dance Theater and Kristin Wagner, and trains in pole fitness on the side. Olivia is a freelance photographer in the Boston area. She has been mentored by artists such as Whitney Browne and has studied photography at Jacob’s Pillow and the Art Center College of Design. Olivia graduated this May with her degree in Health Science at Boston University.
The Boston Renegaydes
The Boston ReneGAYdes are the official performance team for Gays for Patsy. Our goal is to promote the visibility of the GLBTQ community through dance performance. We enjoy performing at dance festivals, fundraisers, and community events.
Brother(hood) Dance! is an interdisciplinary duo that seeks to inform its audiences on the socio-political and environmental injustices from a global perspective, bringing clarity to the same-gender-loving African-American experience in the 21st century. Brother(hood) Dance! was formed in April 2014 as a duo that research, create and perform dances of freedom by Orlando Zane Hunter, Jr. and Ricarrdo Valentine. We have performed our works at FiveMyles, Center for Performance Research, B.A.A.D! (Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance), VCU-The Grace Street Theater, DraftWork at St. Marks Church, JACK, Movement Research at Judson Church, Colby College, Denmark Arts Center and other venues.
Performer, Teaching Artist
Em Papineau and Sofia Engelman
Sofia Engelman and Em Papineau are dance artists based in Western Massachusetts. Their first collaborative work, Where the air is light and clear, was presented at the National College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Since then, they have held choreographic residencies at The Living Room, Ponderosa (Germany), the Dance Complex, and School for Contemporary Dance and Thought. In addition to presenting their work at these spaces, the pair have performed at festivals including FRESH Festival, EstroGenius Festival, AS220's Providence Movement Festival, and Dancing Queerly Boston; music/DIY venues such as 10 Forward and Flywheel; and other spaces they love dearly including Judson Church, Green Street Studios, and Smith College. Collectively, performance credits include work by Kathleen Hermesdorf, Michael Figueroa, Alice Gosti, Tyler Rai, Jenna Riegel, Alex Springer and Xan Burley, Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser, and David Dorfman. Learn more on and on Instagram at @fake_choreogra_queers!
Maggie Cee is founder and director of“The Femme Show”, a variety show featuring dance, spoken word, performance art, and drag exploring queer femininity. “The Femme Show” has been a staple of LGBTQ entertainment in Boston since 2007. Maggie is the 2011 recipient of the History Project’s Lavender Rhino Award for an emerging LGBT history maker. Her solo project, "Ladies at a Gay Girl's Bar, 1938-1969," received a New England Dance Foundation grant and premieres this summer.