Ohio-based dance legend, artist pioneer and renowned choreographer, Dianne McIntyre, will have her first residency with the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography from November 6 through November 17, 2022. This residency will aid in her further developing her new work, In the Same Tongue, a full-length movement, sound and language-based multidisciplinary piece.
McIntyre is a living legacy multidisciplinary artist, with a choreographic career spanning nearly five decades in dance, theater, television and film. Her accolades include a 2019 Dance USA Honor and 2016 Doris Duke Artist Award, choreography for multiple concert dances, four Broadway shows, thirty regional theater productions, two feature films, three television productions and more. She has been commissioned by Dance Theatre of Harlem, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Philidanco, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance and more. Among all her choreographic endeavors is In the Same Tongue, her work that she will be further developing while at MANCC.
In the Same Tongue is being choreographed and directed by Dianne McIntyre, and will feature poetry by Ntozake Shange, a composition by jazz musician Olu Dara and original music by Diedre Murray. McIntyre describes her piece as an exploration of dance and music “speaking” to each other. This “speaking” to each other refers to Africans 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; and silent speech.
McIntyre, with her five dancers and five musicians, will further develop the movement and musical components of In the Same Tongue. The exploration will consist of intense improvisational composition from McIntyre and company, and Murray will contribute to the process remotely.
While in residence, McIntyre will engage with FSU School of Dance. She will invite students to view rehearsals, share the in-progress piece via a showing with the school and local community, and invite six students into the piece as a pilot for community inclusion as the piece tours in the future.