The Taft Museum of Art and the Robert S. Duncanson Society present the 2017 Duncanson Artist-in-Residence, dancer Stafford Berry. As part of this residency, the Taft and Kennedy Heights Arts Center have partnered to bring this free performance to our community. Please join us for a fun and exciting evening of contemporary and neo-traditional African, African American, and hip-hop movement dances choreographed by Berry.
FREE entry but space is limited. Reservations are strongly suggested. Please go HERE to register for tickets.
In addition to the public performance, Mr. Berry will lead two dance workshops at KHAC – one for Youth ages 9-12, and one for Teens & Adults. Both will take place on Wednesday, October 18th at the KHAC Lindner Annex. Workshops are FREE to participate, but space is limited and registration is required. Click the links above to register.
The Taft Museum of Art and the Duncanson Society has selected dancer Stafford Berry as the 2017 Duncanson Artist-in-Residence.
Stafford Berry is serving his eighth year as the Associate Professor of Dance and Black Studies at Denison University in Columbus, Ohio. Berry toured fourteen years as the Associate Artistic Director of the internationally acclaimed African American Dance Ensemble (AADE) where he led ten dancers and musicians in dance performances, workshops, and educational outreach activities.
Originally from Chester, PA, Stafford has been the recipient of several choreographers’ grants including the 2004 Ford Foundation grant to collaborate on a new work with Dr. Chuck Davis. Stafford is a Co-Founder of the Seventh Principle Performance Company and a 1996 certified teacher of the Umfundalai Technique. His work, a synthesis of dance, theatre, & music, can be seen in the archives of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
Berry received his Bachelor of Arts in Theater Performance from North Carolina Central University in 2005 and a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Hollins University. Presently, Berry is Co-Director of the Berry & Nance Dance Project (BNDP) an all-male contemporary African dance company, founded and created with dance partner Dr. C. Kemal Nance. BNDP presents dance work focusing on black male discourse and innovative African American performance. Recently, the BNDP was awarded a 2017 Central Ohio Theatre Critics Circle Citation for a dance theatre work Who I Be! inspired by the work of award-winning African American playwright August Wilson.
Kennedy Heights Arts Center is proud to partner with The Taft Museum of Art to celebrate the 31st anniversary of the Duncanson Artist-in-Residence program, which was established in 1986 to honor the achievements of contemporary African American artists working in a variety of disciplines. The program honors the relationship between African American painter Robert S. Duncanson and his patron, Nicholas Longworth, who commissioned Duncanson to paint landscape murals in the foyer of his home, now the Taft Museum of Art.