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Dianne McIntyre

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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Choreographer
Dancer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Light Blue
Favorite Food:
Mango Lassi
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Chincoteague, Virginia
Favorite Quote:
Carry On.

Birthplace

Born:
7/18/1946
Birth Location:
Cleveland, Ohio

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Choreographer
Dancer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Light Blue
Favorite Food:
Mango Lassi
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Chincoteague, Virginia
Favorite Quote:
Carry On.

Birthplace

Born:
7/18/1946
Birth Location:
Cleveland
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Biography

Choreographer, dancer, and director Dianne McIntyre was born in 1946 in Cleveland, Ohio to Dorothy Layne McIntyre and Francis Benjamin McIntyre. She attended Cleveland Public Schools and graduated from John Adams High School in 1964. As a child, she studied ballet with Elaine Gibbs and modern dance with Virginia Dryansky and earned a BFA degree in dance from The Ohio State University.

Following her move to New York City in 1970, McIntyre founded her own company, Sounds in Motion, in 1972. McIntyre and her company toured and performed in concert with Olu Dara, Lester Bowie, Cecil Taylor, Max Roach, Butch Morris, David Murray, Hamiet Bluiett, Ahmed Abdullah, Don Pullen, Anthony Davis, Abbey Lincoln, Sweet Honey in the rock, Hannibal, Oliver Lake, and countless others musicians until 1988, when she closed it to have more time to explore new areas of creative expression. From her studio, McIntyre mentored many dance artists and continues to do so.

McIntyre’s special interest in history and culture as it relates to dance has led to many projects for her in the areas of concert dance, theatre, film and television, including (in dance) Union (after her research in Haiti) and Their Eyes Were Watching God (from Zora Neale Hurston’s novel). Other signature concert dance and dance theatre works are Take Off from a Forced Landing (her mother’s aviator stories), Mississippi Talks, Ohio Walks, I Could Stop on a Dime and Get Ten Cents Change (her father’s stories of Cleveland), and Open the Door, Virginia! (school civil rights events). In addition to completing works for her own companies, she has choreographed for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Dallas Black Dance, as well as college dance groups.

McIntyre’s work in theatre has been for Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional productions and London, England. Her theatre choreography credits of more than thirty plays include Mule Bone, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Spell #7, Crowns and Scott Joplin’s opera, Treemonisha. For film, McIntyre’s work appears in Beloved and for television, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, Langston Hughes: The Dream Keeper and Miss Evers’ Boys, for which she received an Emmy nomination.

Other awards include a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2009 Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from State University of New York Purchase College, three Bessies (NY Dance), two AUDELCOs (NY Black Theatre), a Helen Hayes Award (DC Theatre) and the Cleveland Arts Prize.

Grant support for McIntyre’s work includes awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trust and the New York State Council on the Arts. She has served on the board of directors of the Stage Directors and Choreographers’ Society. McIntyre is also a member of the Dramatists Guild and ASCAP.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dianne McIntyre describes her mother's childhood home and her decision to go to West Virginia State College in Institute, West Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dianne McIntyre describes the racial discrimination her mother experienced as a pilot in the 1940s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dianne McIntyre talks about the aircraft mechanics class that her mother taught during World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dianne McIntyre talks about her parents' decision to settle in Cleveland, Ohio and the changing demographics of the Mount Pleasant neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dianne McIntyre describes her earliest childhood memories in Cleveland, Ohio
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dianne McIntyre describes her extracurricular activities and an encouraging teacher
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dianne McIntyre talks about her early dance lessons and influential dance teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dianne McIntyre talks about her childhood dance classes in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dianne McIntyre talks about the history of Karamu House in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dianne McIntyre describes her experience attending St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Cleveland, Ohio as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dianne McIntyre describes race relations in school during the 1950s and 1960s in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dianne McIntyre shares a story about trying out for the cheerleading team at John Adams High School in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dianne McIntyre talks about her childhood aspirations and the encouragement she felt as a child from her community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dianne McIntyre reflects upon the impact of the Civil Right Movement in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dianne McIntyre describes the reputation of John Adams High School in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dianne McIntyre describes changing her major at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and the political atmosphere in the 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dianne McIntyre describes teaching dance at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin during student protests, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dianne McIntyre describes teaching dance at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin during student protests, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dianne McIntyre talks about her participation in the Black Arts Movement and moving to New York, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dianne McIntyre recalls studying under dance masters in New York, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dianne McIntyre talks about African and African American dancers who inspired her
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dianne McIntyre describes her work and activities upon arriving in New York, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dianne McIntyre describes the growth of the dance company she founded, Sounds in Motion
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Dianne McIntyre describes the dance style of her company, Sounds in Motion
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dianne McIntyre talks about Willi Smith designing clothes for her dancers and the concept of beauty in her choreography
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dianne McIntyre describes a piece she choreographed entitled, 'The Voyage'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dianne McIntyre talks about performers of different sizes
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dianne McIntyre talks about Alvin Ailey's dance work, 'Revelations'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dianne McIntyre describes working with choreographer Alvin Ailey
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dianne McIntyre talks about African American male choreographers of the 1970s and the Black Arts Movement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Dianne McIntyre reflects upon the historical period and legacy of the Black Arts Movement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Dianne McIntyre describes creating her work based on 'Their Eyes Were Watching God,' by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Dianne McIntyre describes working with Ntozake Shange, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Dianne McIntyre describes working with Ntozake Shange, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Dianne McIntyre talks about different productions she has choreographed, including 'Treemonisha'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Dianne McIntyre describes her decision to end her dance company, Sounds in Motion
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Dianne McIntyre talks about Nanette Bearden and working on a piece entitled, 'How Long Brethren?'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Dianne McIntyre describes creating her piece, 'In Living Color' and working on the film, 'Miss Evers' Boys'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Dianne McIntyre talks about working on the film, 'Beloved'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Dianne McIntyre describes a moving scene in 'Beloved' which features Beah Richards
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Dianne McIntyre talks about her signature pieces and her work in 2004
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Dianne McIntyre gives advice to aspiring choreographers
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Dianne McIntyre narrates her photographs