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White on Whiteness | Long Tables at Gibney

As in all of our nation’s systems and institutions, “whiteness” in the arts has been considered the default and, as such, rendered invisible. This evening’s Circling Back invites white artists to unpack how this racial construct affects our arts landscape and how its impact can be dismantled. Co-presented with Dancing While Black, this Circling Back was inspired by conversations about “white space” among the editorial team of the forthcoming Dancing While Black digital journal. While this is a space for white folks to unpack the detriments of white institutional culture, POC are welcomed and encouraged to join the conversation which hopes to enhance accountability within the artistic community.

Circling Back Guides: Emily Berry, Matthew Dicken

Also join us for Long Table: White on White(ness) on White Box.

Curated and hosted by Senior Curatorial Director, Eva Yaa Asantewaa, Center Line is a series highlighting issues in the dance community through monthly conversations (Long Tables) and experiential gatherings (Circling Back).

Long Tables conversations adopt performance artist Lois Weaver’s non-hierarchical Long Table format, encouraging informal conversation around topics of concern to the community.

Circling Back events are experiential gatherings, guided by dance community elders, in which artists reflect on themes and ideas from the previous Long Table while sharing wisdom, core values, and ways of living that inform their creative movement practice. Each circle—unique in format and content—will establish respectful, generous and generative space held by the guides and all who attend.

Copyright Gina Gibney Dance Inc., photo by Scott Shaw.


The accessible entrance for this location is located at 280 Broadway. Please note that this is a shared entrance with the New York City Department of Buildings. To access the elevator, attendees may be asked to provide a valid photo ID and go through building security, including a metal detector.

Requests for reasonable accommodation or for access to the 280 Broadway entrance after 5:00 pm or on the weekend should be made three days in advance by contacting Elyse Desmond at 646.837.6809 (Voice only), or by e-mailing

Gibney 280 Broadway
Enter at 53A Chambers Street
New York, NY 10007
646 837 6809

Gibney 890 Broadway
Fifth Floor
New York, NY 10003
212 677 8560