The Black Iris Project has been invited to perform within the City Park's Foundation annual SummerStage in Central Park. On June 29th at 7 PM The Black Iris Project will perform McQueen's "Black Iris" (2013) in tandem with a screening of ballerina Misty Copeland's 2015 documentary "A Ballerina's Tale". 

Iconic ballerina Misty Copeland made history when she became the first African-American woman to be named principal dancer of the legendary American Ballet Theater. Get the incredible, behind-the-scenes story of how she overcame a tumultuous upbringing and near career-ending injuries to become one of the most revered dancers of her generation in "A Ballerina’s Tale". More than just a ballet success story, Copeland’s journey is a hugely inspirational, universal tale of perseverance.

Founded in June 1986, SummerStage is the largest FREE performing arts festival in New York City. By presenting artists and genres that reflect the diverse cultures and communities in neighborhood parks across the five boroughs, we help to build new audiences and foster a broader interest in the arts.

From the iconic to the avant-garde, from opera to hip-hop, film to circus–and everything in between–this is what makes SummerStage a truly only-in New York City festival. The first season in 1986 consisted of free events at the Naumberg Bandshell and kicked off by a performance from the Sun Ra Arkestra. 

Check out the mention about our SummerStage performance in the New York Times!

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