BMA Makers: Dance Workshop
Join Full Circle Dance Company for a movement and dance workshop for all ages and abilities.
Explore the theme of HOME: Longing and Belonging through gestures and choreography inspired in part by the painting Dwell: Aso Ebi by Njideka Akunyili Crosby, on view in the current Contemporary Wing reinstallation How Do We Know the World?.
The workshop will be led by Full Circle Dance Company Artistic Director Donna L. Jacobs. Attendees will experience the joy of moving to live music performed by violinist Melissa Hullman and percussionist Carl Allen, and use dance to explore what it means to have a home, to be at home, and to feel at home. The program will conclude with a brief performance by Full Circle Dance Company.
Wheelchair access available. Admission is free. Registration and masks are required.
Arrive early to explore the Contemporary collection on your own and view Dwell: Aso Ebi by Njideka Akunyili Crosby firsthand.
6:30 p.m. – Auditorium doors open
7:00 p.m. – Program begins
8:30 p.m. – Program ends
Full Circle Dance Company is a multiracial professional ensemble celebrating its 22nd year in Baltimore. FCDC draws on the diverse backgrounds of its dancers and input from the public to create dance that is meaningful and relevant. A member of the Maryland State Arts Council Touring Roster, FCDC has performed at Maryland festivals including Artscape, Baltimore Black Choreographers’ Festival, and Maryland Council for Dance Festival, as well as by invitation in states across the US.
FCDC has created workshops for people of all ages at public and independent schools, the Baltimore City Cancer Program, Irvine Nature Center, and many other organizations. Its projects have received both local and national media attention. Its 2022 yearlong choreography project HOME: Longing and Belonging is supported in part by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.
Donna L. Jacobs, Full Circle Dance Company’s Artistic Director and Director of Morton Street Dance Center, is an honors graduate of the New York School for the Performing Arts, Wesleyan University, and Georgetown University Law Center. As a young dancer, Ms. Jacobs studied with Bernice Johnson, Michael Peters, Chuck Davis, Frank Hatchett, Gertrude Sher of the original Graham company, and master Graham teacher Penny Frank. While attending Wesleyan University, Ms. Jacobs was asked to join the dance faculty and taught advanced modern, ballet, jazz, and African on campus and as a freelance artist. Since coming to Baltimore, she has performed with several local companies. Ms. Jacobs is the director of the Morton Street Dance Center, Inc., and has over 40 years of teaching, choreography, and production experience. Under her direction, Full Circle has received numerous grants and awards.
Genre-spanning violinist Melissa Hullman has been invited to share the stage at such diverse venues as the Kennedy Center, Canadian Music Week, the World Bank, Carnegie Mellon University, Maryland Artscape, the historic Fundación Orquestra Sinfónica de Juvenile, and Brooklyn’s Jalopy Theatre. Equally, at home playing notes on the page or off the cuff, her musical collaborations range from chamber music and orchestral playing to tango, jazz, free improv, and Balkan, African, and Indian music. She has performed with Inscape Chamber Orchestra and the Ann Arbor Symphony and is a founding member of the Victoria Piano Trio.
Image: Full Circle Dance Company. BRAVE dancers. Photo by Brion McCarthy.
Extended Evening Hours are generously supported by The Rouse Company Foundation.