Friday, April 15, 2016 - 7:30pm
Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 7:30pm

Tickets & Registration

$20 General Admission

$15 CAC Members


Supported by

Angela’s Pulse and Junebug Productions with support from the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans’ Performance Support Program present Dancing While Black: On Fertile Ground.

Join us for an evening of bold, new dance works deeply rooted in Africanist aesthetics and pushing the bounds of performance. For two nights only, four black women choreographers—representing three generations of creative practice—share work at the intersection of tradition and experimentation. What results transcends category and centers on our humanity.


Jaimé Dzandu (VA/NYC)
Onye Ozuzu (Chicago)
Nia Love (NYC)
Brittany Williams (Miami/NYC)
“(Dancing While Black) includes all of us and all of the ways that we might imagine movement to transform us individually and fuel our collective.” —The Feminist Wire
Continuing their long-standing tradition of partnership, New York-based Angela’s Pulse and New Orleans-based Junebug Productions are proud to present Dancing While Black: On Fertile Ground.
Three generations of Black women choreographers from across the nation engage with New Orleans communities, culture bearers, and college students in an exploration of art making practices for social movement building.
The choreographers spent one week in February teaching workshops across New Orleans, developing site-responsive performance at Xavier University, and sharing works-in-progress alongside local choreographers at Dancing Grounds. This cultural exchange culminates with this performance, Dancing While Black: On Fertile Ground at the Contemporary Arts Center April 15–16.


Angela’s Pulse creates and produces collaborative performance work dedicated to building community and illuminating bold, new stories. We provide a home for interdisciplinary collaborations that thrive on both politics and play, and we are committed to developing timely performance works that provoke, inform and inspire. Co-founded by Paloma and Patricia McGregor Angela’s Pulse was named for their mother Angela, an artist, teacher and activist who continues to inspire their work.


Based in New Orleans, LA, Junebug Productions is a presenter and producer of performing arts that seeks to create and support artistic works that question and confront inequitable conditions that have historically impacted the African American community. Through interrogation, we challenge ourselves and those aligned with the organization to make greater and deeper contributions towards a just society. Founded in 1980, Junebug Productions is the organizational successor to the Free Southern Theater which was formed in 1963 to be a cultural wing of SNCC and went on to become a major influence in the Black Arts Movement.

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