Dancing While Black: Black Bodies | White Boxes | Publication Launch 


Thursday, March 14, 2019
6:00-8:30 pm

Hemispheric Institute
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003

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The Hemispheric Institute and Angela’s Pulse cordially invite you to an evening celebrating the launch of Dancing While Black: Black Bodies | White Boxes. This new digital platform, developed with HemiPress, is dedicated to the voices and visions of Black dance artists. A moderated conversation with contributors will be followed by a reception.

About the Publication
After two years of dreaming, mulling, strategy conversations, and research, Angela's Pulse has finally realized the creation of a digital journal. Made in partnership with the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics and funded by The Surdna Foundation, Dancing While Black: Black Bodies | White Boxes is the collaborative effort of 33 contributors, editors, artists, advisors, and designers. Intentionally keeping Blackness at the center, the Journal explores themes of Black bodies, Black space, and white boxes. 

About Dancing While Black
Dancing While Black is an artist-led initiative that supports the diverse work of Black dance artists by cultivating platforms for process, performance, dialogue, and documentation. We bring the voices of Black dance artists from the periphery to the center, providing opportunities to self-determine the languages and lenses that define their work. 

About Angela's Pulse
Angela's Pulse creates and produces collaborative performance work dedicated to building community and illuminating bold new stories. Angela’s Pulse provides a home for interdisciplinary collaborations that thrive on both politics and play, and is 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 the sisters’ work. 

About HemiPress
HemiPress is the Hemispheric Institute’s digital publications imprint, created to house and centralize our diverse publication initiatives. Using a variety of customized open-source digital humanities platforms, HemiPress includes the Gesture short works series, the Duke U.P./HemiPress digital books, stand-alone essays, and the Institute’s peer-reviewed journal emisférica, alongside interviews, Cuadernos, and other online teaching resources. It also provides state-of-the-art multilingual publication capacities and immersive formats for capturing the “live” of performance, as well as a digital “bookshelf”—the interface that houses all of the Institute’s publications and connects communities of readers across the Americas.

Photo: Rashida Bumbray & Adenike Sharpley, Run Mary Run, by Shani Jamila.