Big Red Wall Dance Company will present an original, place-based performance work within Detroit’s 250-acre Eliza Howell Park in September 2019. The project explores the Black female body’s relationship to Detroit’s green-spaces, as well as issues of security and safety in public space. The work will be accompanied by live music, and will feature selections from guest choreographers based in Detroit.


Material Detroit is a series of public programs around Detroit that complement the themes and artists of the Landlord Colors exhibition. This robust public art and performance series is a collaboration between three Detroit curators and institutions: Laura Mott, Senior Curator at Cranbrook Art Museum; Taylor Renee Aldridge, Founder of ARTS.BLACK; and Ryan Myers-Johnson, Director of Sidewalk Festival. Material Detroit will engage residents as it connects art to vortexes of history and contemporary life across Detroit during summer 2019.

Big Red Wall Dance Company was founded January 21, 2011. The Company debuted Mad and Madder at an event titled Dance Race sponsored by Artlabj Detroit. Big Red Wall Dance Company is a Detroit based dance company name after it’s founder Erika ‘Big Red’ Stowall. The company’s focus is creating work which portrays a positive black narrative. Big Red Wall Dance Company hopes their works create a dialogue among their audience which spreads out into the community. Their most recent works centers on rewriting stereotypes and society norms which plague women of color. The company’s work has been shown at Detroit Dance Race, Midwest RAD Festival, Oakland Dance Festival, Detroit Institute of Art, Ruby Slipper’s Fringe Festival, Sidewalk Festival, Noel Night, Detroit City Dance Festival, The Carr Center, and Artprize.

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