Grant Recipient Details


Cleveland, OH

Project Title
Speaking in the Same Tongue
Fiscal Year Awarded
Grant or Program
National Dance Project Production Grant
Grant Amount

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

Work Samples

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