Long Table: Black in Ballet

Apr. 3, 2019, 6:30 pm8:30 pm



280 Broadway, Entrance at 53A Chambers
New York, NY 10007 United States

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Phone: (646) 837-6809



Guest Host: Danni Gee
Core Participants: Virginia Johnson, Theresa Ruth Howard, Chris Rudd, Gabrielle Civil.

Last autumn, we mourned the passing of the great Arthur Mitchell. This year with the 50th Anniversary of Dance Theatre of Harlem, we pay tribute to his legacy. Let’s talk about the history and current achievements of Black dancers in ballet. How are Black dancers and choreographers re-envisioning this dance form and shaping its future? What role will the new Equity Project play?

Photo by Rachel Neville, Choreography by Ulysses Dove.

Curated and hosted by Gibney Senior Curatorial Director, Eva Yaa Asantewaa, this series of conversations and experiential gatherings highlights important issues in the dance community.

Long Table 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.


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 elyse@gibneydance.org.