Distinguished Visiting Scholar Dianne McIntyre
McIntyre Presents Culminating Event at Spelman College
Award-winning choreographer Dianne McIntyre, Spelman’s 2015-2016 Distinguished Visiting Scholar, will present her signature culminating performance, “Journey to Memory Falls: A Dance Drama,” on April 21-24 in the Baldwin Burroughs Theatre in the Rockefeller Fine Arts Building.
The production blends personal narrative and modern dance around a corps of students who will share their stories on a stark and at times dramatically-lit stage. Celebrated poet and playwright Ntozake Shange will be among the featured performers, along with students, faculty, local talent and professional artists from around the country.
McIntyre has a career spanning over four decades of choreography for dance, theater, television and film. Her individualistic movement style is shaped by her affinity for cultural histories, personal narratives, bold music and poetic text.
Since 1972, she has choreographed scores of concert dances, four Broadway shows, 30 regional theater productions, a London West End musical, three feature films, three television productions, stage movement for recording artists and five original full-length dance dramas.
Artists in Conversation
McIntyre and Shange will be joined by Aku Kadogo, visiting scholar in drama at dance, performer, theater director, choreographer and educator, for "three colored girls: A Conversation," on Tuesday, April 19 at 6 p.m. in the Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D., Academic Center Auditorium.
Kadogo was in the original Broadway production of “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf” and McIntyre choreographed the television adaptation of the play. The three will discuss their collaborative theatrical work as well as their perspectives about the state of women of color in the arts.
The event is free and open to the public.
Dancing Through the Lens. Documenting the Journey.
Two acclaimed artists – dance photographer Keiko Guest
and choreographer/dancer/teacher Dianne McIntyre
– recently came together in Atlanta for the first time for a photo shoot to document the dancer’s choreography style in advance of the national premiere of McIntyre’s "Journey To Memory Falls" at Spelman College, April 21-24. McIntyre has danced and choreographed pieces for film and Broadway as well as for a number of dance companies including Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, and most recently the Dance Theater of Harlem.
Guest is known across the country for her dance photography, which runs the gamut from traditional portraits of dance school students to fine art photographs. She describes her work as dramatic, whimsical, and thought provoking. During her photo shoot with McIntyre, Guest sought to convey that, “time and seasoning are the most valuable assets to teaching. Also, that age is just a number, and we have a whole life ahead of us."
She added, "The photo shoot was memorable, no doubt, because of Dianne’s spirit. I bonded with her immediately and shared her intangible passion and love for the art. I feel so honored to have been chosen to work with this amazing woman who is amongst the "whose who’ of dance." Getting to photograph her was a feather in my cap."
McIntyre was equally pleased with the collaboration: "Keiko's personality is so vibrant and joyful. She is very self-assured as a photographer, adept at her craft, and at the same time she knows how to mix that with making it fun."
View the Photos
View a sample of the images taken during this iconic photo shoot in the Scenes at Spelman Flickr gallery
. A photographic display, "Dancing Through the Lens," will be available for viewing in the Fine Arts Building during the "Journey to Memory Falls," performance April 21-24.