Look who’s talking! NY Times, Dance Mag, Jet Mag, and more
There are many outlets discussing The Black Iris Project and its dynamic involvement of shining a new light in the world of dance. Feel free to find more conversation on McQueen’s project in the following outlets:
New York Times: 2/25/16 - “The Black Iris Project was born when Mr. McQueen decided he didn’t want to end his exploration of black history through dance. “I really wanted to bring emerging talent together to create new stories of ballet,” he said.”
Jet Magazine: 3/11/2016 - “As a Black ballet-based dancer and choreographer, I’ve experienced firsthand the lack of diversity in the field,” McQueen says. “I decided it was time to create the environment I wish existed to allow Black artists to really explore and create new relevant ballets that reflect a 21st century Black voice.”
Read more on JetMag.com: http://www.jetmag.com/entertainment/black-iris-project-promotes-diversity-in-the-arts/#ixzz46lz9C5qX
Brown Girls Do Ballet: 3/15/16 - During this time on a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, he saw and fell in love with Georgia O'Keeffe's ‘Black Iris’ painting for the 1st time. Drawn to it's beauty and the dark plum and charcoal colors, the piece stuck with McQueen and he kept it with him in spirit. Fast forward 3 years later, during a major career transition period, haunted by Black Iris and the desire to do something bigger than himself, Jeremy founded the Black Iris Project.
Dance Magazine: 11/1/2015 – “ For now, he is continuing to freelance as he choreographs a ballet about Nelson Mandela called MADIBA. “Perhaps one day I could even choreograph for opera companies,” he says. “That’s the ultimate dream.” http://dancemagazine.com/inside-dm/a-longtime-dream-realized/