Grant Recipient Details


Pittsburgh, PA

Project Title
Fiscal Year Awarded
Grant or Program
National Dance Project Production Grant
Grant Amount

CIRCLES is an evening-length dance work in response to white supremacy and its effects in Black lives today. Combining dance, visual arts, and an original soundtrack, the work presents snapshots of popular culture through Choreographer Staycee Pearl’s lens as a mid-career Black woman. Featuring an ensemble of five dancers, CIRCLES offers a path to self reclamation. The visual arts component will be developed by Bekezela Mguni and Staycee Pearl, drawing from their experiences as Black women. The soundtrack is being created by Herman Pearl in collaboration with a diverse roster of Black Women and Queer club music artists.

Estimated Artist Fee: $15,000/performance; $28,000/week.

Presenter Partners

  • The Joyce Theater (New York, NY)
  • Kelly Strayhorn Theater Co-presenting with August Wilson African American Cultural Center (Pittsburgh, PA) 

Tour Coordinator

Jessica Mitcham
Artist Manager
Jessica Marino Mitcham
Tel. (484) 599-0252

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Work Sample & Photos

A black man in a tall white colonial style wig performs in front of two female dancers.
courtesy of STAYCEE PEARL dance project
A black, female dancer in a white leotard.
courtesy of STAYCEE PEARL dance project