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Artistic Director and Choreographer Makeda Thomas continues to support dance artists of the Caribbean and its Diasporas through exciting projects around the globe. Her newest project is a Backyard Performance Series, "Eat Little and Live Long"... Read Full Press Release

Saturday, 5 June 2021 at 7pm

J. Bouey | Chiron in Leo

Chiron in Leo, a short film, follows Chiron through Brooklyn after they get up from a depression nap to manage their anxiety. On this walk, Chiron dances through memories and stories they share with us that emerge from deep within their psyche. Purchase Tickets

Saturday, 12 June 2021 at 7pm

Brotherhood Dance | Greens-N-Bread

In this dance theater experience, we laugh and love over the stories of our familial engagement with greens and bread. Purchase Tickets

Saturday, 19 June 2021 at 7pm

Shamar Watt  | Dawning of the Suns 

“Dawning of the Suns” explores the transmutation of the revivalist, through the lens of a black Berghain shrine.  Purchase Tickets


Saturday, 26 June 2021 at 7pm

Fana Fraser | with love, V

“with love, V” is a queer Caribbean femmehood coming of age story. Timed in a heavenly subterranean fantasy paradise where dreams become reality for an extended present moment, “with love, V” is a multi-act solo performance. Purchase Tickets

Saturday, 3 July 2021 at 7pm

André Zachery | Salt

“Salt’’ is an excerpt from a current work-in-development collaboration between interdisciplinary choreographer André M. Zachery and interdisciplinary sound/media artist Sadah Espii Proctor entitled “Against Gravity: Flying Afrikans and Other Urban Legends’’. Purchase Tickets

Saturday, 10 July 2021 at 7pm

Thomas F. DeFrantz | indigeneities::knowing from before + mx oops |  Nonfatal Error

“indigeneities::knowing from before”

walking moving through listening and knowing thinking from now to then.

moving through the spaces of ‘acting like you know.’

how do you know?

because you must, and you do. 

“Nonfatal Error” is an audiovisual movement mixtape, a love song for the queer inner children finding their voice, finding their body in flight in a world that would rather they sink. Breaking, House, and Vogue, come together in the body of queer rapper, MX Oops, serving up an original set of sound, sweat, and debauchery.  Purchase Tickets

Saturday, 17 July 2021 at 7pm

Jade Charon | Gold + Obika Dance | Swamp Body

Inspired by the death of Breonna Taylor and the Global pandemic, “Gold” is an interdisciplinary film and dance solo exploring the makings of a Black superheroine.

“Swamp Body” is an embodied installation and performance explores possibilities for visceral risk-taking, art making, and preparedness for freedom. Heavily inspired by South Florida’s Saltwater Railroad, the Seminole War, and the connectedness of indigenous people and black fugitive in maroon societies in the global south. Purchase Tickets

Saturday, 31 July 2021 at 8pm

Chris Walker + Futurpointe | Seaweed King + Rent-A-Tile

“Seaweed King” is a solo dance work developed in collaboration with Laura Anderson Barbata about the human impact on the environment. “Rent-A-Tile” is a series-long performance installation and invitation for partners to dance on stage together, to “their song”. A meditation on Black Love. Performed by Guy Thorne and N'Jelle Gage. Purchase Tickets

Saturday, 28 August 2021 at 7pm

Gabri Christa + Jean Appolon | Traka 

Jean Appolon will present a short film, followed by a movement and breathing meditation: “The Making of Traka” is a short documentary film that delves into the making of Traka, Appolon’s most recent production. Traka explores how dance, culture, and community are pathways to healing for trauma survivors. The production was created through healing community workshops and is based primarily on Appolon’s personal story of trauma and the role of dance in his healing and success. Purchase Tickets


Saturday, 4 September 2021 at 6pm

Michelle Gibson | Them Roots Under My Feet +  Pagwah Mas 

New Orleans’ own Michelle Gibson roots her Second Line Aesthetic in the gospel of the culture and in the soil of West and Central Africa. Nah, let’s take it to the streets!

“Eat Little and Live Long” (2021) is co-produced by MGMT ARTS, Chris Walker, UW Madison School of Education Impact 2030 Fellow, The Wood Shed Dance Online Platform, and DaCoJo Productions. 


"Eat Little and Live Long" 2021 Backyard Performance Series
"Eat Little and Live Long" with Brotherhood Dance
"Eat Little and Live Long" with Shamar Watt
"Eat Little and Live Long" with Fana Fraser
"Eat Little and Live Long" with Andre Zachery
"Eat Little and Live Long" with Thomas DeFrantz & mx oops
"Eat Little and Live Long" with Jade Charon & Swamp Body Dance Project
"Eat Little and Live Long" with Chris Walker
"Eat Little and Live Long" with Gabri Christa and Jean Appolon
"Eat Little and Live Long" with Michelle Gibson

RESCHEDULED for Saturday, 30 October.

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