Dianne McIntyre

Dianne McIntyre is regarded as an artistic pioneer, with an impressive choreography career spanning five decades in dance, theatre, television and film. She is recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, three Bessies, a 2019 Dance/USA Honor Award, 2020 United States Artists Fellowship and 2016 Doris Duke Artist Award.  Her individualistic movement style reflects her affinity for cultural histories, personal narratives and the boldness, nuances, discipline and freedom in music and poetic text. In the 1970s and 80s McIntyre’s company Sounds in Motion set the bar for innovative dance/live music collaborations.  The Sounds in Motion Studio in Harlem was a hub for cultural exchanges and explorations between artists of all disciplines. Since 1972, she has choreographed scores of concert dances, four Broadway shows, thirty regional theatre productions, a London West End musical, two feature films, three television productions, stage movement for multiple recording artists and five original full-length dance dramas. She has been commissioned by Dance Theatre of Harlem, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Philadanco, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, GroundWorks Dance Theater, Dancing Wheels, as well as forty-plus university ensembles and major dance festivals. Her other awards and nominations include two AUDELCO’s, one Helen Hayes award and four nominations, an Emmy Nomination, Master of African American Choreography Medal from The Kennedy Center and two Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degrees.  Her mentors include Gus Solomons jr, Elaine Gibbs Redmond, Helen Alkire and Vera Blaine (Chairs of Dance at the Ohio State University), Dr. Richard Davis (theatre) and Louise Roberts.

Work in Development | November 6 - 18, 2022

In the Same Tongue

Dance legend and interdisciplinary artist, Dianne Mcintyre, will come to MANCC for the first time to develop her new work, In the Same Tongue, a full-length movement, sound and language-based  piece.

In the Same Tongue was choreographed and directed by Dianne McIntyre, featuring poetry by Ntozake Shange and original music by Diedre Murray. McIntyre describes her work as an exploration of dance and music “speaking” to each other: members of the African Diaspora bound together with no common “tongue”; the sound of rage, endearment, suspicion; speech impeding victory; nature reacting to clashes of race; sacred traditions in harmony; silent speech.

McIntyre will bring a company of five dancers and five musicians to MANCC to further develop movement and musical components through intensive improvisational composition, while working remotely with Murray. McIntyre will engage with FSU School of Dance while in residence, inviting students to view rehearsals, sharing the developing piece in a work in progress showing, and inviting three students into the work as a pilot for community inclusion as the piece tours in the future.

Collaborators in Residence: Brianna Rhodes, Christopher Page-Sanders, Demetia Hopkins, Kamryn Vaulx, Shaquelle Charles [Dancers], Cleave Guyton, Amaury Acosta [Musicians], Elias Bailey, Gerald Brazel [Music Directors], Diedre Murray [Composer - working remotely], Adam Hyndman [Project Manager], Kathleen Turner [Creative Associate], Mara Isaacs [Producer]

World Premiere

Tere O'Connor

December 7 - 17
Baryshnikov Arts
Center (NYC)


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