The Grandmother Project

Photographs, ring games, hymns, blankets, recipes, lessons, heirlooms, and fading memories…

The Grandmother Project investigates the essence, role, and commonalities of grandmothers from a personal and global perspective. “Throughout the stories of my grandma, Big Ma, and of grandmothers in the US, South Africa, India, Jamaica, and China/Taiwan, one idea holds true: grandmothers are at the core of the family.”

This project captures reflections and memories of loved ones through spoken text, movement, music, video and projected images. The creation process for this work was informed through ‘table talks’, interviews, and creative explorations with young and old.

The Grandmother Project features various artists including The Collective (a modern dance company in Baltimore, MD), the Towson University Children’s Dance Division Troupe (teen dancers), Andy Torres (actor/dancer), Kelly Tsai (spoken word artist), Sharon Chaiklin (dance therapist/dancer), William B. Hawk (poet), and Senior Electricity (elder movers).

Preview The Grandmother Project video

Additional video clips may be found at: YouTube: vtdanceorg

Photos of performance:

Upcoming Events & Performances

  • Dance Guest Artist

    June 19 - June 21, 2023

    South Carolina Tri-District Arts Consortium (TRI-DAC)

    7500 Brookfield Road
    Columbia, South Carolina

  • Director’s Track & CGIA

    June 24 - July 01, 2023

    Music for All Summer Symposium

    2000 W University Avenue
    Muncie, Indiana

  • INTELLIGENCE Opera Residency

    July 08 - July 24, 2023

    Houston Grand Opera

    510 Preston Street
    Houston, Texas

  • daCi USA Gathering

    July 25 - July 30, 2023

    Anchored in Hope: Expanding Horizons

    141 E 12th Street
    Holland, Michigan

  • Gardens of Clay (Life, Lessons, Legacy of Clay Taliaferro)

    August 07 - August 11, 2023

    Social Impact’s 2023 Season Resident

    Kennedy Center at The REACH

    2700 F St NW
    Washington, DC


    October 20 - November 03, 2023

    Houston Grand Opera

    510 Preston Street
    Houston, Texas