Black Iris Project Brings Black Lives to the Stage

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Artists from the Black Iris Project, a new ballet group which explores black lives through dance, will participate in a 10-day residency at The Pocantico Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund this spring. A recent article in The New York Times featured Choreographer and Artistic Director Jeremy McQueen and his process. In July, the Black Iris Project will present a number of new works in a performance at The Pocantico Center and at New York Live Arts in Manhattan.

The collective will bring together dancers of color from leading companies and showcase their talents in new ballet works evoking themes and events from black history. In 2013, McQueen drew inspiration from Georgia O'Keeffe's painting Black Iris III when he created a new piece for the Joffrey Ballet, where he was honored with their Choreographers of Color prize.


The New York Times: Jeremy McQueen’s Ballet Collective to Foster Black Works (February 25, 2016)

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More information on upcoming public programs at The Pocantico Center