Acclaimed dance artist, Dianne McIntyre is
known for her work in modern dance, as well as in theatre –
Broadway, London and regional theater. Her work appears in the
feature film, Beloved and the award-winning HBO movie Miss
Evers’ Boys for which McIntyre received an Emmy nomination.
Other choreography for television includes Langston Hughes: The Dream
Keeper and for colored girls who have considered suicide
when the rainbow is enuf.
Originally from Cleveland, after studying
dance with Elaine Gibbs (Redmond) and Virginia Dryansky, she
went on to receive a BFA from the prestigious Department of
Dance of The Ohio State University. Her mentors there were Helen
Alkire, Vickie Blaine, James Payton, and Lucy Venable. At OSU
she was also inspired by guest artists Viola Farber, Anna
Sokolow, Judith Dunn, and musician Bill Dixon. She appeared in
choreography of Lynn Dally and Senta Driver.
Ms. McIntyre moved to New York City in 1970
and founded her dance/music ensemble Sounds in Motion in 1972.
From that year until now McIntyre has collaborated with
legendary musicians such as Olu Dara, Butch Morris, Lester
Bowie, Max Roach, Hannibal, Don Pullen, Hamiet Bluiett, Cecil
Taylor, Ahmed Abdullah and countless others. McIntyre and
company have toured throughout the U.S. and Europe appearing in
concert halls, universities, community settings and all major
dance venues such as the Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center, Kennedy
Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Jacobs Pillow, Walker Arts
Center, New York City Center. Some of the company’s signature
pieces: Take-Off from a Forced Landing, Smoke and Clouds, Their
Eyes Were Watching God, Mississippi Talks-Ohio Walks, Deep South
Suite. Sounds in Motion operated a dance school and performance
space in Harlem nurturing many artists, some of whom have become
leaders in the performing arts world.
In 1988 McIntyre closed the company to have
more time to explore new areas of creative expression. Some of
her signature dance works since then have been A Brand New
People on the Planet with Olu Dara, Love Poems to God with
Hannibal and Invincible Flower with Lester Bowie and his Brass
Fantasy. Another monumental work is McIntyre’s 1991 recreation
of dance pioneer, Helen Tamiris’ 1937 epic How Long Brethren?
This project has garnered renewed recognition for that
choreographer’s contributions to American art.
Dianne McIntyre has co-created, directed
and choreographed theatre/dance pieces In Living Color: a Gullah
Story and Blues Rooms for Theatre of the First Amendment and
Could Stop on a Dime and Get Ten Cents Change for TFA, Cleveland
Play House and Baltimore’s CenterStage. Her choreodrama Open
the Door, Virginia!, music by Olu Dara, premiered at TFA in
Notable among the more than 30 plays she
has choreographed are Mule Bone and August Wilson’s King
Hedley II on Broadway plus the original Spell #7 by Ntozake
Shange, The Great MacDaddy, Miss Evers’ Boys, Polk County (Zora Neale Hurston) and
several productions of Crowns written/directed by Regina Taylor.
McIntyre directed Crowns at Cleveland Play House in 2004.
For dance Ms. McIntyre has choreographed
for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Repertory Ensemble,
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Dayton Contemporary Dance
Company as well as college dance groups. She has been
artist-in-residence in many universities over the past 30 years
and has also taught at American Dance Festival and Jacobs
Pillow. McIntyre has received numerous commissions and grants to
support her work including the National Endowment for the Arts
Three-Year Choreographers Fellowship (one of three nationwide)
and the National Dance Residency Award through Pew Charitable
Trust and National Choreography Grant through New England
Foundation for the Arts (both, one of ten nationally). Other
awards include 3 Bessie Awards (New York Dance and Performance
Award), AUDELCO Award (NY Black Theatre), AUDELCO Pioneer Award,
Helen Hayes Award (DC theatre) and three Helen Hayes
nominations, Thelma Hill Award and Woodie Award both for
lifetime achievement, and numerous other awards of recognition.
She has served on numerous arts funding
panels including those of the National Endowment for the Arts
and New York State Council on the Arts, at times as Chair of the
Dianne McIntyre is a member of Stage Directors and Choreographers
Society (SDC) formerly on the
Executive Board, Dramatist Guild, and ASCAP.
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