Symposia > Artist Roundtable 2: Howard, Gray, Harris & Smith

A discourse with Movement Matters interview subjects to discuss the intersection dance, performance and the of difficulties of Black and Brown people in a predominately white dance world.

J'Sun Howard is a Chattanooga native and a Chicago-based dancemaker and poet. J’Sun has recently received a nomination to participate in an emerging artist laboratory at Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC), and a 3Arts Award nomination. A 2014 Chicago Dancemaker’s Forum Lab Artist awardee, his choreography has appeared at local venues Links Hall, Northwestern University, Sonotheque, Lincoln Square Theatre, Insight Arts/Center for New Possibilities, Epiphany Church, Rumble Arts, and Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery.

Dedrick Deddy Banks Gray is a native of Chicago, IL who began dancing in his early teens. He continued his training at Columbia College Chicago earning a BA in Marketing and Dance. Dedrick is an alumnus of Jacobs Pillow School of dance (Jazz to Hip Hop). He has worked with and performed the works of noted choreographers including Onye Ozuzu, Matthew Williams, Camille A. Brown, Moncell E. Durden, Darrell Jones, Francine Ott, Kelsa Robinson, Dianne McIntyre, Ni’ja Whitson, D.Saleba Grimes, Red Clay Dance Company, and Urban Bush Woman.

William Harris, Dancer, Ground Rhythm Dance Project

Kia Smith, Dancer, Red Clay Dance Company, Deeply Rooted, Chicago Fringe Opera

Organized and moderated by Michael Workman, Founder and Director of Bridge, a (501) (c) (3) organization, reporter and columnist at The Chicago Tribune, Guardian US, Newcity & Sixty Inches From Center

A biweekly column at Sixty, seasonal symposia series and periodic performance initiative, Movement Matters investigates work at the intersection of dance, performance, politics, policy and issues related to the body.

Supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Humanities' Illinois Speaks program. Additional program support is provided by Art Intercepts, the Chicago Dancemakers Forum, Links Hall and Audience Architects.

A program of Movement Matters, The Neo-Judson Project: Dance, Performance, Art, Politics & Philosophy and Bridge, a 501(c)(3) organization.

Thanks to our sponsor Revolution Brewing for their generous support of the Movement Matters series

Artist's Roundtable 2: Howard, Gray, Harris & Smith