To create and perform dance works based on stories
of human experience in Mississippi that:
Inspire connection, dialogue and build community
Engage an audience in professional dance performanceEducate new audiences to contemporary dance
To employ dancers and other artists to create and produce a professional artistic product
To build relationship with dance presenters for the purpose of regional and national touring
To collaborate with other artists
To engage in conversation with the people we serve
To creatively and collaboratively serve the children of Mississippi
To use dance to connect people across cultural, economic, racial and other barriers.
To be administratively and fiscally sound
To be a trusted artistic voice in and for the community
To be technically and creatively excellent
To affirm the value of personhood and interpersonal relationship
To engage in business with integrity
To artistically represent the state of Mississippi in the cultural marketplace via a professional contemporary dance company on a local, national, and international scale.
OUR MISSISSIPPI INSPIRATION
Along with the other artistic mediums, dance has an important place in Mississippi. Every four years, Jackson is the proud host of the USA International Ballet Competition. In addition, Mississippi has been the home to several dance companies and boasts nationally recognized college and university dance programs. However, Mississippi has not yet been the home to a professional contemporary dance company. The founding members of TALK Dance Co believe that Mississippi needs artistic representation within the cultural marketplace of the US and abroad. TALK hopes to accomplish this goal by offering professional and riveting contemporary dance performances that are inspired in part by and created within the state. TALK desires to make these dance concerts enjoyable and accessible to novice theatergoers as well as to literate performing arts devotees. TALK's choreography, inspired by the human experience, will engage audiences with excellence in technique, inventiveness, and energy.
TALK Dance Company, formerly At Marah Dance Theatre (AMDT), was founded in 1996 in Philadelphia. Its final season as AMDT was in the winter 2004 at which time it began its three year transition to become incorporated as an arts nonprofit organization in Mississippi as TALK Dance Co. Although TALK continues to operate at the same excellent and professional level which was part of the identity of At Marah, TALK seeks to bring this to an artistic voice specifically culturally relevant to Mississippi. Since 1996, At Marah Dance Theatre annually self-produced its performances in Philadelphia. In 1998, AMDT was chosen by The University of the Arts and the Philadelphia Dance Alliance to perform in the festivals “Philadelphia Dances” and “2000 FEET.” In 2000, AMDT toured in California and Louisiana, and also performed in New York City at the Cunningham Studio Theater. AMDT also performed internationally at the National Cultural Centre in St. Lucia, West Indies, at Seneca College in Toronto, Canada, and in Jurmala, Latvia. AMDT was included in the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour (PennPAT) roster in 2002 and 2003 and has since showcased works and was selected to perform at the PA Presenters conference in May 2002. In the summer of 2002, AMDT worked with Nina Watt (of the Limon Dance Company) to set “There is a Time,” performing this work with her in Oxford and Cambridge, England, in coordination with the C.S. Lewis Foundation. At Marah Dance Theatre also participated in several residencies, including at Hancock College and San Francisco State University, CA; Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA; University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO; Belhaven College, Jackson, MS; SO Dance Company, Houston, TX; and St. Lucia School of Ballet and Modern Dance, St. Lucia, West Indies. In 1999, AMDT began a 10-month, 33-hour/week Artist Enrichment Program (AEP) that served between eight and ten students per session between 1999 and 2003. AMDT was a grant recipient from Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Dance Advance, funded by the Pew Foundation, the Huston Foundation, the 5-County Arts Fund and many other private and corporate foundations.
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