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Full Circle Dance Company: Movement with Meaning


March 13, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Location: 216 Performing Arts and Humanities Building

A female Black dancer leaps into the air in front of a dark background, wearing a pink top and black skirt

The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents Donna L. Jacobs and Liz Pelton of Full Circle Dance Company, who will provide a behind-the-scenes view of some of Full Circle’s performances and will discuss what it takes to build and sustain a dance company in Baltimore.

From its inception, Full Circle Dance Company has been committed to presenting diverse stories, tackling real-world issues, and creating technically excellent work that engages and moves a broad audience. Led by artistic director Donna L. Jacobs and associate artistic director Liz Pelton, Full Circle Dance Company has developed a signature method for creating and presenting work. Selecting one issue to explore deeply each year, the company commissions up to seven choreographers, inviting each to explore the issue from any angle. The resulting works—thematically united but reflecting diverse approaches and perspectives—are presented together, inviting audiences to engage with difficult challenges in new ways.

Tackling such complicated issues as race, religion, body image, gender, and more, Full Circle’s yearlong choreography projects have received both local and national attention. In addition to performing frequently throughout Maryland, Washington D.C., and Virginia, Full Circle has performed by invitation in Connecticut, New York, Ohio, Arizona, and Tennessee. Venues have included Baltimore Artscape Festival, Baltimore Museum of Art, Tempe Center for the Arts, Broadway Dance Center, Ohio University, Wesleyan University, Dance Place, and many others. Full Circle Dance Company was founded in 2000 by Donna L. Jacobs.

Additional information is available here on CIRCA’s site.

Lunch will be served during the event.

Admission is free, but please register in advance.

CIRCA is committed to making its events accessible to everyone. Please send your request for specific accommodations to circa@umbc.edu.

Photo of dancer Hope B. Byers by Brion McCarthy.



March 13
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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