By Kat Allen
Akron, Ohio (Sept. 29, 2021) – Dominic Moore-Dunson and his team are thrilled to announce the collaborative new project inCOPnegro, an evening-length dance-theatre and storytelling podcasting project exploring the concept of “safety” through the lens of storytelling, parenthood, and police relations in Black communities throughout America.
inCOPnegro aims to peel back the stories of individuals on both sides of the “blue line” while Dominic, a new Black father, looks to answer the question, “How do we raise our children in a world where their safety is a threat every day?”
Highlighting an all-Black cross-disciplinary cast of five artists, inCOPnegro and its companion podcast inCOPnegro: Black & Blue are intimate pieces for audiences of all ages. Artists include Chris Coles (composer and musician), Dominic Moore-Dunson (lead choreographer and dancer), Maya Nicholson (playwright and actor), Kevin Parker, Jr. (assistant choreographer and dancer), and Floco Torres (hip hop artist).
“As a 31-year-old Black man, I have been pulled over by police no less than 45 times in my life,” states Moore-Dunson. “Then after the death of George Floyd in 2020, as a father-to-be, I realized for the first time I didn’t only have to worry for my own safety, but that of my unborn son. I began reaching across my network asking Black parents, ‘How do you teach your kids about the police?’, and the overwhelming answer was, ‘You just teach them to get home.’”
“Dominic Moore-Dunson’s ground-breaking inCOPnegro project does an exceptional job of unpacking the complex intersection between racial injustice and law enforcement. This is a long-overdue due project and a must-see for all members of our community,” says Dan Rice, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition.
Today, the inCOPnegro team is conducting an interview process with Black officers, Black parents, and civic leaders.
If you have a specific story related to this topic, here’s how you can add your voice to the project:
Call or Text 330-439-4500: Share your story with Dominic through voicemail or text message. You can choose to add your voice to the public podcast or stay anonymous.
Write: Submit your story anonymously at incopnegro.com.
Connect: Schedule a meeting with Dominic to share your story with him directly by finding a time at incopnegro.com.
The development of inCOPnegro is made possible in part by NCCAkron with additional support from Akron Reimagining the Civic Commons, Akron Community Foundation, and Akron Soul Train.
You can support and follow the making of this project by visiting incopnegro.com/support.
About the Artist
Dominic Moore-Dunson is an award-winning choreographer, professional dancer, producer, teaching artist, and speaker. A 2021 Top 40 finalist of the National Dance Project Production Grant of his work inCOPnegro, Dominic has received numerous recognitions as a choreographer including 2021 Associate Artist at Atlantic Center for the Arts #180 with Doug Varone, 2019 Cleveland Arts Prize’s Emerging Artist Award for Theatre & Dance, and 2019 fellow of The Ann & Weston Hicks Choreography Program at Jacob’s Pillow. Moore-Dunson is a Creative Research Residency Artist and named a Creative Administration Research Fellow with the National Choreography Center at The University of Akron.
The National Center for Choreography at The University of Akron supports the research and development of new work in dance by exploring the full potential of the creative process. In addition to offering studio and technical residencies to make new work, activities focus on catalyzing dialogue and experimentation; creating proximity among artists and dance thinkers; and aggregating resources around dance making. For more information, visit nccakron.org.