Peggy Olislaegers meets Theresa Ruth Howard, former member of Dance Theatre of Harlem and founder and curator of Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet. Watch again their talk developed on the interesting and challenging questions posed by Peggy to one of the leading diversity strategist.
You said that a biography is reductive: can you introduce yourself?
How do you make sure that your integrity echoes all the time in your work,
and how do you deal with people who are not?
How do you shake or tickle white people and institutions?
What is it Ballet and dance for you?
How do you exercise your humanity on overdrive?
How can we help and support the younger generation of our colleagues?
Can you connect the word well being with that of equality?
and the thoughts on words and concept as “practice”, “responsibility”, “authenticity”, “space”, “comfort”, “privilege”, “diversity”, “empathy”, “vulnerability”, “influencer”.
She is a friend of my mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order.― Toni Morrison, Beloved
Interviews by Peggy Olislaegers
Filmed and edited by Enya Belak, Aerowaves’ Springback Productions
Created for B.Motion Danza su Zoom, part of Operaestate Festival 2020 – first aired on Zoom in August 2020.