Grant Recipient Details

Location

Cleveland, OH

Project Title
Speaking in the Same Tongue
Fiscal Year Awarded
2021
Grant or Program
National Dance Project Production Grant
Grant Amount
$56,500

Speaking in the Same Tongue is a full-length movement, sound and language-based work choreographed and directed by Dianne McIntyre which includes poetry by Ntozake Shange and original music by Diedre Murray. The work includes five dancers and five musicians – all of whom speak. A four-week rehearsal and development period will take place in Harlem potentially in 2021 and a subsequent tour will take place. Local performers (three-six) will be included in the work at each tour site. The work explores dance and music “speaking” to each other; Africans bond together with no common “tongue”; the sound of rage, endearment, suspicion; nature reacting to the clashes of race.

Estimated Artist Fee: $20,000/performance; $37,500/week; Travel and housing not included in these figures.

Presenter Partners

  • Dance Place (Washington, DC)
  • Karamu House (Cleveland, OH)
  • Apollo Theater (New York, NY)

Tour Coordinator

Mara Isaacs, Adam Hyndman
Producer & Tour Manager
Octopus Theatricals
Tel. (646) 964-5585
info@octopustheatricals.com

Work Samples

In a dance studio, four black dancers move in sweats.
photo by Janelle Jones