Events: Dissonance Dance Theatre presents Black to Silver

Movement and Words unite in a message of Love…Dissonance Dance Theatre celebrates the D.C. Black LGBT Community
from Dissonance Dance Theatre

Dissonance Dance Theatre concludes its seventh season with Black to Silver: A Black LGBT Experience (now in its 2nd year), a multidisciplinary arts production that explores interpersonal relationships, identity and love within the African-American LGBT community.

B2S provides Washington, DC’s first ever theatrical platform for African-American LGBT dance artists and choreographers to express personal narrative and signature choreographic style. This year we have partnered with the theater community to expand our artistic voice and reach into the community.

Since its successful inception, this year the single dance production has grown to include funding in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, a new partnership with local Black LGBT theatre artists, Black queer female choreographer, and an international Black SGL choreographer; with a 16+ member cast and two dance companies over a weekend!

Said Director Shawn Short, “It was important to me that the community be reflected in more than just dance this time around. Historically, many of our LGBT elders have enjoyed fruitful acting careers. Having that spoken word element adds another dynamic to the production to further deliver a message of hope, tolerance, acceptance, and identity.”

The goal of Black to Silver is to showcase the unique, untold intimate experiences of LGBT African-Americans through text and contemporary styles of dance, ranging from ballet to Afro-modern. Short hopes the production will essentially galvanize a more enriched and unified Black LGBT here in the nation’s capital.

“The goal is to shine light on the invisible realities of this community that transcend generational and gender barriers,” said Short.

***This is a fictional narrative work. The roles of the actor or dancer may or may not depict their personal sexual orientation.

Dissonance Dance Theatre presents Black to Silver: A Black LGBT Experience
When: April 12-13, 2014
Time: 8:00pm on Saturday and 7:00pm on Sunday
Where: Joy of Motion Dance Center Jack Guidone Theater
General admission is $18.00 online, $25.00 at the door
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Now in its seventh season, Dissonance Dance Theatre is Washington, DC’s only African-American managed contemporary ballet company, and is the flagship program of Ngoma Center for Dance.

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