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Theater & Dance

In the Same Tongue


“In modern dance, the names of its persevering practitioners are like cherished objects. Dianne McIntyre is one such . . . one of dance’s most important African-American artists.”—Time Out NY

Dance at The Apollo’s Victoria Theater opens with a vibrant movement, sound, and language-based work, by legendary choreographer Dianne McIntyre. In the Same Tongue (2023) unites a vigorous company of dancers and musicians to explore how dance and music “speak” to each other. With original music by celebrated composer Diedre Murray, and poetry by the late Obie award-winning playwright Ntozake Shange, this work incorporates live music and dynamic vignettes to reveal how language creates worlds of beauty, alienation, harmony, tension, or peace.

“…as a seasoned (and always discovering) dance-maker, my vision is to bring to the public what many have not experienced – the merging of dance and music in my own style” – Dianne McIntyre


Conceived and choreographed by Dianne McIntyre
Original Music by Diedre Murray
Featuring poetry by Ntozake Shange
Music Direction by Gerald Brazel
Costume Design by Devario Simmons
Lighting Design by Alan C. Edwards
Scenic Design by Riw Rakkulchon

In the Same Tongue is a part of The Apollo’s Winter/Spring 2024 season.


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These performances will take place at The Apollo’s Victoria Theater located at 237 West 125th Street (between Adam Clayton Powell & Frederick Douglass Blvd).



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Dianne McIntyre

Dianne McIntyre

Dianne McIntyre, a 2022 Dance Magazine Award Honoree and 2023 Martha Hill Dance Fund Lifetime Achievement Awardee, is a renowned choreographer. Known for her work in concert dance and collaborations with Black music innovators, she has also choreographed for theater, film, and opera, notably in the 2022 opera Intimate Apparel for Lincoln Center Theater. Her extensive career includes choreography for Dance Theatre of Harlem, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and her own companies, like Sounds in Motion. McIntyre’s accolades include a Guggenheim Fellowship, Doris Duke Artist Award, Emmy nomination, and numerous honors. She also creates dance-driven dramas from real-life stories. McIntyre co-directs the Jacob’s Pillow Hicks Choreography Fellows Program with Risa Steinberg.

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