The Taft Museum of Art and the Duncanson Society have selected dancer/choreographer Stafford C. Berry, Jr. as the 2017 Duncanson Artist-in-Residence. He will be the second artist in the program’s history to represent the discipline of dance. His work is a synthesis of dance, theater, and music.
Berry has served for eight years as Associate Professor of Dance and Black Studies at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. He 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 was awarded a 2017 Central Ohio Theatre Critics Circle Citation for the piece Who I Be!, inspired by the work of August Wilson.
“I am absolutely thrilled to be selected as the 2017 Duncanson Artist-in-Residence,” said Berry. “Dance—particularly the movement traditions of African American people—is a critical lens with which we can understand black art and culture. I look forward to sharing my work and learning more about communities in Cincinnati through our space sharing and collaboration.”
“We are delighted that Stafford C. Berry, Jr. has been named the 2017 Duncanson Artist-in-Residence,” said Deborah Emont Scott, Louise Taft Semple President/CEO. “His background as a dancer, choreographer, and educator will enable us to celebrate the importance of African and African American dance, while providing educational opportunities for all ages.”
Berry received his BA in theater performance from North Carolina Central University, and an MFA in dance from Hollins University. He toured for 14 years as associate artistic director of the internationally acclaimed African American Dance Ensemble, where he led ten dancers and musicians in performances, workshops, and educational outreach activities. In the December 2014 issue of Dance Teacher Magazine, Berry was deemed a “dance teacher with superpowers.”