Participants KEIGWIN + COMPANY, Stephen Petronio Company, and Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group to launch international residencies in 2017
The US Department of State and Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) today announced the three American dance companies selected to participate in the sixth season of DanceMotion USASM—the dynamic, cultural diplomacy program that supports United States foreign policy goals by engaging international audiences through educational opportunities, cultural exchange, and performance. DanceMotion USASM is a people-to-people international exchange initiative of the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, produced by BAM.
Season six features the following companies and world regions:
• KEIGWIN + COMPANY (New York, NY) will travel to Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, and Tunisia
• Stephen Petronio Company (New York, NY) will travel to Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam
• Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group (Brooklyn, NY) will travel to the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Panama
Participating companies will embark on consecutive, four-week-long international performance and exchange residencies. DanceMotion USASM presents professional American dance to global audiences who may not otherwise be exposed to such work. Companies engage in outreach events, workshops, master classes, and media interviews; organize discussions about arts management and technical production with local artists and audiences in a variety of venues and settings. A particular area of focus is working with diverse communities and promoting the empowerment of women, people with disabilities, LGBTI communities and at-risk youth. A US-based exchange component to the program is also being planned.