We can hardly believe we're one week away from the arrival of the artists and dancers! This time next week we'll begin the travel and preparation phase of this project. Coordinated trips to the airports...a flurry of rehearsals and gatherings...filming and dancing and storytelling. Next week certainly promises to be full of energy, beauty, and laughter! We look forward to seeing everyone at the show...and for those of you who will be unable to attend, we look forward to sharing our footage as we prepare a sneak-peek at what we've captured so far!
What a whirlwind this month has been! Lonnie, Tonya, and Elizabeth flew to NYC to film interviews with some of the dancers and performers who will be participating in the 2017 Juneteenth show. We spent a lot of time in Brooklyn and (despite constant rain), got some incredible footage! A big 'thank you' to all the artists who opened their studio and their hearts to us...we are in awe of your talent and kindness.
Our project has been accepted for Fiscal Sponsorship and Artist Development with SF Film in San Francisco! Check out our page on their site:
We've recently completed filming two interviews with the incomparable Ms Elayne Jones. Elayne Jones is one of the most prominent percussionists in the field of American orchestral music. She was chosen personally by Leopold Stokowski to work with his American Symphony Orchestra when it was founded. Ms Jones has been an inspiration and an avid supporter of The Grown Women Dance Collective since first meeting Tonya in 2012. We are honored and humbled to have the opportunity to work with an icon of the orchestral music world.
The location and date of this year's performance will be announced very soon and we know our performers and audience will be as thrilled with the amazing theater we've chosen as we are. In addition to the hard work that this performance and film demands, Tonya has also found time to publish a new website for the GWD Collective. We hope you'll stop by and read about the fabulous artists who will be involved in the 2017 Juneteenth performance. If you follow the link below, you can read more about this amazing project, purchase tickets, and register to be informed when more information becomes available. Let us know what you think!