Eleone Dance Theatre is dedicated to the preservation and creation of historical and contemporary theater dance. The company has a diverse repertoire of works that span the contemporary modern, spiritual, rhythm and blues, African, and hip-hop genres. This award supported the research, development, and training to acquire and present Americana, choreographed by Katherine Dunham. Dunham (1909 –2006) was an American dancer, choreographer, author, educator, and social activist. Dunham maintained the Katherine Dunham Dance Company for nearly 30 years and over her career choreographed more than 90 dances. Ruby Streate and Glory Van Scott, both former Dunham company dancers worked with Eleone dancers to oversee the project.
- Collaborators & ColleaguesPatricia Lent
After dancing as a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 1984 to 1993, and the White Oak Dance Project from 1994 to 1996, Patricia Lent teaches, stages, and conducts workshops at the Merce Cunningham Trust, where she is a Trustee and Director of Licensing.people-contentpatricia-lent
- GRANTS & GRANTEESMerián Soto
Over her 40-year career in performance, Merián Soto (Pew Fellow, 2015) has focused on investigating the living body and its relationship to consciousness. Her conceptual and process-based pieces work towards, in the artist's words, "a dance of the future, a dance of healing, transformation, and transcendence."people-contentmerian-soto