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PURPLE Community Engagement


PURPLE’s community engagements capture the radical joy in a place. 

SLMDances nurtures relationships with elder Black and brown women, facilitates the collection of their oral histories, and ultimately makes their stories visible through our

multi-media art installation What does PURPLE sound like?.

In a world where the lives of ordinary elder Black and brown women are often overlooked, PURPLE’s greatest impacts are amplifying their undertold stories and desires toward living just and self-determined lives.

Learn More About Our Process
with Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center and Amsterdam Houses, NYC.

Our New York City engagement captures the radical joy in public housing communities via the stories of its decades long residents to:

uncover strategies of resilience,

to amplify cultural traditions,

and to shift public discourse and policy.

Engagement activities include: shared meals, participation in community activities, movement classes, cultural field trips, private performances, and creative movement and story telling workshops. We've worked in partnership with Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center and Amsterdam Houses with support from Lincoln Center Education Community Artist in Residence Program, CHANGING THE NARRATIVE, Barnard Center for Research on Women and Hi-ARTS Sky Lab Residency.



“Purple” asks what kind of beauty can be made by embodying people’s stories of living on in the face of structural violence.  

— Janet Jakobsen, Professor & Author of The Sex Obsession

Community Voices

Future Engagement

We are leaning into our relationships beyond New York City as we plan a national tour of our PURPLE performance experience: What does PURPLE sound like? and A Ritual In Nine Spells. For each tour location, we will start with a community engagement residency and ongoing touch points that take place approximately 6 months to 1 year prior to the performance dates. Ultimately, the stories of the local community will be reflected in the artwork shared in that place.

Please contact us if you would like tpartner and invite us to build and nurture relationships near you.


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