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Red Clay Dance Company

Chicago, United States


Founded in Brooklyn, NY in July 2008 and now based in Chicago, IL, Red Clay Dance Company is the brainchild of Vershawn Sanders-Ward, the institutions’ Founding Artistic Director & CEO. They are Chicago’s premier Afro-contemporary dance company, voted Best Dance Organization by the Chicago Reader in 2019 and Best Dance Company in 2020 by the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago. The company is a versatile and dynamic ensemble of Dance Artivist that tours and performs locally, nationally and internationally. Over its’ 15-year history, the company has performed in venues like Grant Park, Pritzker Pavilion / Millennium Park, Dance Center of Columbia College, the DuSable Museum Roundhouse, the Museum of Contemporary Art, ODC Theater, Dance Mission Theater, The Painted Bride, Joyce Soho, and the National Theater of Uganda. It’s Founder, Vershawn Sanders-Ward holds an MFA in Dance from New York University and received awards from Dance/USA, Chicago Dancemakers Forum, Harvard Business School Club of Chicago, and Harlem Stage NYC. Her site-responsive choreographic project, Rest. Rise. Move. Nourish. Heal, is deeply rooted in her identity as a Black/African Diaspora woman and the responsibility to be a vessel through which my culture is amplified and evolves.

CAB 5 Contribution

Project Overview


On November Second, Choreographer and Artistic Director of RRMNH Vershawn Sanders-Ward sat down with Filmmaker Jovan Landry for the first time to begin the editing of the documentary surrounding the process of the performance REST.RISE.MOVE.NOURISH.HEAL. 

REST.RISE.MOVE.NOURISH.HEAL is a site-responsive dance ritual developed in relation to the urban farm, ART ON THE FARM in GRANT PARK, visioned as “a practice, a process, an uncovering of the beautiful labor of bringing us ALL home to land, reclaiming ancestral cultural traditions, technologies, and tools that can lead to individual and collective healing.”


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Chicago Cultural Center


78 East Washington Street, Chicago, IL


The Loop


The Chicago Cultural Center serves as one of the main exhibition venue sites for CAB 5, featuring projects from more than 80 participants from ten countries. 

Opened in 1897, the Chicago Cultural Center is a Chicago landmark building operated by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and is home to free cultural exhibits and programming year-round.

Chicago Cultural Center
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