Dallas Black Dance Theatre collaborated with Association MakeDox, a filmmaking nonprofit in the Republic of North Macedonia, to facilitate an 8-month cultural exchange between young artists. All 13 dancers in DBDT's main company participated in the program with 12 Macedonian filmmakers and Romani musicians.
Together they learned about African American history and dance, especially within Dallas, and Macedonian and Romani heritage and music. The dancers and musicians preserved and interpreted this heritage in site-specific performances in both countries. Filmmakers recorded their creativity and interactions in both countries, resulting in the medium-length creative documentary: Way of the Clave.
The film will be approximately 40 minutes long, followed by a Q&A with select DBDT dancers.
The 1 pm screening will be followed by a synchronous Q&A live with participants in North Macedonia on the screen.
Funding for this cultural exchange project was provided by Communities Connecting Heritage, a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by World Learning.
The screening venue is provided by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.