Grant Recipient Details

Chicago, IL
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National Dance Project Production Grant
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A live dance and music performance by Vershawn Sanders-Ward/Red Clay Dance Company in collaboration with musicians avery r. young & de deacon board and filmmaker Jovan Landry. Developed on urban farms in Chicago's historically Black communities, the work is an outgrowth of the collaborators' short film "under god & moonlight" (2020). This film explored the traumatic relationship that developed between Black bodies and land due to the intentional and systemic exploitation of Black labor. We present an artistic approach towards healing this relationship by reclaiming and activating time-honored Black/Afro-Indigenous traditions and technologies that support spiritual fulfillment and physical well-being for our people.

Every community owes its existence and vitality to generations from around the world who contributed their hopes, dreams, and energy to making the history that led to the moment we are now in. Some were brought here against their will, some were drawn to leave their distant homes in hope of a better life, and some have lived on this land for more generations than can be counted. Truth and acknowledgment are critical to building mutual respect and connection across all barriers of heritage and difference. We begin this effort to acknowledge what has been buried by honoring the truth. We pay respects to their elders past and present. Please take a moment to consider the many legacies of violence, displacement, migration, and settlement that we are also a part of bringing us together here today. We invite you to use to identify the lands which you are on. As we center ourselves toward the work let us remember those for whom equity was not an option. (Used with permission by The International Association of Blacks in Dance.) 

Estimated Artist Fee: $12,000/performance or $38,000/week long residency.

Presenter Partners

  • Soul Fire Farms (Petersburg, NY)
  • Trillium Arts (Mars Hill, NC)
  • Urban Growers (Chicago, IL)

Tour Coordinator

Vershawn Sanders-Ward
Artistic Director & CEO
Red Clay Dance Company
Tel. (773) 624-8411


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Work Samples


A Black woman, in a white dress, dances in front of a a floral mural.
photo by Jovan Landry
At sunset, four women, in overalls, dance in front of telephone lines.
photo by Jovan Landry