Red Clay Dance Company (RCDC), which creates and performs a diverse repertoire of Afro-contemporary dance, has announced the third edition of La Femme Dance Festival, celebrating choreographic work by women of Black/African Diaspora/African descent. Performances are March 15 and 16 at the new Green Line Performing Arts Center, 329 E. Garfield Blvd. in Chicago’s Washington Park neighborhood.
Open to women artists from around the world, La Femme is curated by RCDC (Chicago) founder and artistic director Vershawn Sanders-Ward, Flyground (Philadelphia) founder and director Lela Aisha Jones and Catalyst Movmnt (Chicago) founder and curator Aaliyah Christina. The curators will select five choreographers, whose work will be performed in this year's festival, and each will receive an artist fee, publicity, technical support and documentation (video and photos). Participating choreographers will be announced in early January 2019.
Festival activities include evening performances Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16. A post-show discussion is planned for Friday and a pre-show talk and a post-show reception on Saturday. A free community dance class led by one of the festival choreographers takes place Thursday, March 14, followed by a learning circle session in partnership with High Concept Labs.
RCDC’s season continues with the world premiere of Sanders-Ward’s Art of Resilience 2.0, a co-presentation with the DuSable Museum of African American History, May 16–18, 2019 at the DuSable Museum of African American History’s Roundhouse, 740 E. 56th Place. RCDC’s Paint the Town Red, a post-show fundraiser, takes place May 18 on the Roundhouse’s outdoor patio. Concluding the season is RCDC’s “Dance4Peace Youth Concert & Community Hug Awards” June 1 at 5 p.m. at Benito Juarez Community Academy, 1450 W. Cermak Rd.
For more information about RCDC and the 10th anniversary season, visit redclaydance.com.
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Red Clay Dance's Sara Ziglar (photo by Raymond Jerome).