Living Legacy | November 6 - 18, 2022
In the Same Tongue
Ohio-based dance legend and artist, Dianne Mcintyre, came to MANCC for the first time to develop her new work, In the Same Tongue, a full-length movement, sound and language-based piece.
In the Same Tongue is choreographed and directed by McIntyre, featuring poetry by the Obie-winning playwright Ntozake Shange and original music by renown American composer and cellist Diedre Murray. McIntyre describes her work as an exploration of dance and music “speaking” to each other: members of the African Diaspora bound together with no common “tongue”; the sound of rage, endearment, suspicion; sacred traditions in harmony; silent speech.
McIntyre brought a company of five dancers and four musicians to MANCC to further develop movement and musical components through intensive improvisational composition, while working remotely with Murray. McIntyre engaged with FSU School of Dance while in residence, inviting the community to view rehearsals, sharing the developing piece in a work in progress showing, and inviting students Emma Morris, Sherrod Reid, Taylor West, Sky Barnes, Abigail Nelson and Megan Murphy into the work as a pilot for community inclusion as the piece tours in the future.