"Free to Dance" Screening at UNC Chapel Hill

Posted in 2011.

Originally aired in 2001 as part of the PBS series, Great Performances: Dance in America, ADF’s Emmy Award-winning documentary, Free to Dance: The African American Presence in Modern Dance, remains a timeless illustration of the crucial role of African-American dancers and choreographers in the development of modern dance as an American art form. Set against the cultural, social, and economic backdrop of American life from 1900 onward, the documentary captures the remarkable tale of the struggle by African-American dancers and choreographers for recognition and acceptance as highly talented and passionate performers.
Initially a brainchild of the late ADF Philosopher-in-Residence, Gerald E. Myers, the documentary and subsequent performance program titled Dancing in the Light, is the culmination of projects under ADF’s The Black Tradition in American Modern Dance program that included reconstructions of classic works, two booklets of essays, The Black Tradition in American Modern Dance (1988) and African American Genius in Modern Dance (1993), panel discussions, and more at the American Dance Festival (ADF) along with colleges and universities around the country.
We invite you to experience the second hour of the documentary Free to Dance on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus this Wednesday, September 21st at 12pm. The screening, held in the Hitchcock Multipurpose Room of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center, is free and open to the public as part of a three-day symposium exploring the history and legacy of African-American female choreographers.
Also, don’t miss out on the performance of Philadanco, presented by the Carolina Performing Arts (CPA) at Memorial Hall on September 23rd. The dance company’s one-night-only performance opens with the new work, Watching Go By, The Day, commissioned by CPA and choreographed by Hope Boykin, a three-time recipient of ADF’s Young Tuition Scholarship, past assistant to Talley Beatty as he set an ADF-commissioned reconstruction, current Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer, and Durham native.
Interested in seeing this performance? “Like” the American Dance Festival on Facebook and look out for a special discounted ticket offer for ADF patrons!
***The Free to Dance series was supported by The Ford Foundation, The National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Thirteen/WNET New York, Public Broadcasting System, and The National Black Programming Consortium. (Executive Producers: Charles L. & Stephanie Reinhart; Series Director: Madison Davis Lacy; Narrator: Blair Underwood). Visit the web companion to the Free to Dance at www.pbs.org