Inlet Dance Theatre presents Dominic Moore-Dunson’s “The ‘Black Card’ Project
Inlet Dance Theatre, based in Cleveland, is one of Northeast Ohio’s most exciting professional contemporary dance companies. Founded in 2001 by Founder and Executive/Artistic Director Bill Wade, Inlet embodies his long-standing belief that dance viewing, training and performing experiences may serve as tools to bring about personal growth and development. Inlet’s ensemble-based culture intentionally focuses on craftsmanship and mastery while employing a collaborative creative process in the development of new work. Inlet’s collaborative creative process is more inclusive than the traditional autocratic leadership hierarchy, resulting in work that is surprisingly diverse. Each piece in Inlet’s repertory is the direct result of the artists in the studio at the time the work was created, often including artists of other mediums.
During Inlet’s history, we have transformed from a small dance company with local impact into a celebrated organization that reaches people on an international level. The company’s concerts, event services, and education programs began as local initiatives and now reach regional, national and international markets. Inlet performs annually throughout Cleveland and conducts regional touring, including the company’s upcoming 2019-2020 national tour based on the best-selling children’s book “What Do You Do With An Idea?” Inlet’s education programming attracts students from all over the country to our Summer Dance Intensive and our year-long Trainee & Apprentice program, and conducting residencies throughout Ohio as part of the Ohio Arts Council’s Arts Learning Residency Program.
In contrast to an industry where people are often used to further dance, Inlet Dance Theatre is committed to using dance to further people.
Dominic Moore-Dunson, the creator of The ‘Black Card’ Project, is a Company Member and Assistant to the Artistic Director with Inlet Dance Theatre. Dominic hails from Akron, Ohio and joined Inlet Dance Theatre in 2010. Recently recognized as a winner of the 2019 Cleveland Arts Prize’s Emerging Artist Award for Theatre & Dance, a 2019 fellow of The Ann & Weston Hicks Choreography Program at Jacob’s Pillow, and a 2019 “New Agent” by MOCA Cleveland. Dominic has also received numerous fellowships and recognitions as an emerging artist and arts leader including: 2018 Commission by Akron Art Museum for his solo work, “CAUTION”, a 2018 Breakout Artist by the Devil Strip Magazine (Akron), 2016 National Arts Strategies (NAS) Creative Community Fellow (DC), 2016 Collen Porter Fellow (International Performing Arts for Youth), and an inaugural member of Leadership Akron’s Diversity on Board Program. Currently, Dominic is participating in National Arts Strategies’ Executive Program for Arts & Culture Strategies (University of Pennsylvania) to enhance his capacity in all aspects of running a successful arts & culture non-profit organization.
Under the direction of Bill Wade, Dominic has established a large scale community based dance theatre project called “The ‘Black Card’ Project” that premiered in Sept 2018. “The ‘Black Card’ Project” is a live action dance-theatre cartoon that examines the narrow definition of blackness and the African-American ideal of the “Black Card”. Dominic is entering Phase 2 of this project which will use the show as a catalyst for economic development and diversification of the cultural paradigm for the black American family. By partnering with arts, education, and business institutions/corporations Phase 2 will inspire conversation around black identity, how it relates to economic development in the black community, and the solutions we can create to cultivate a more diverse pool of black professionals and other marginalized people groups.
As a member of Inlet Dance Theatre, Dominic is involved in the co-creative process Inlet is known for and is a lead instructor in numerous residency programs for a broad range of ages and socio-economic backgrounds. He performs and teaches all over the country (Cleveland, Houston, Seattle, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, East Lansing, Des Moines, etc), including Jacob’s Pillow’s Inside/Out series in August of 2017. Dominic feels strongly about designing, creating, and executing human centered artwork and programming for communities he works with through his practice. His long-term goal is “…to become a world class artist and arts leader who understands the needs of the people and to position myself as a beacon who can lead our communities into a time of hope, humility, trust, and radical reconciliation”.