Same/Difference Baltimore’s Full Circle Dance Company Takes Debates About Inequality to the Stage at the Chesapeake Arts Center

Same/Difference Baltimore’s Full Circle Dance Company Takes Debates About Inequality to the Stage at the Chesapeake Arts Center 

Many of today’s most controversial issues—workplace harassment, immigration, racial profiling, the wealth gap, gay marriage, and more—center on questions of sameness and difference, equality and inequality. On November 3, Baltimore’s Full Circle Dance Company will shed light on these heated debates with the new show Same/Difference: Inside Inequality at the Chesapeake Arts Center in Brooklyn Park, MD.

What is it like to be a woman working in a field traditionally dominated by men? A Muslim in a nation afraid of Islamic terrorism? An immigrant in a time of tightening borders? How do changes in gay marriage law play out for real people? How does America’s history of slavery affect us today? In Same/Difference, diverse choreographers illuminate these questions and more, using movement, music, and words to provide new perspectives.

Now in its 18th year, Full Circle Dance Company is one of Baltimore’s most visible professional ensembles, performing frequently throughout the region and beyond. Artistic Director Donna L. Jacobs explains that Same/Difference is powerfully personal for the dancers and choreographers. “The extraordinary diversity of our dancers really makes a show like this come alive. Our dancers are Black, white, Latina, multiracial, gay, straight, young, and older. Their families come from different religious traditions and from around the world. Their work and life experiences are extremely varied. So, we have the opportunity to put many different stories on the stage. When we open ourselves to each other’s differences, we may see new ways forward.”

Full Circle has a long history of involving members of the broader community in its creative process. As part of the Same/Difference project, Full Circle Dance Company is partnering with Anne Arundel County Public Schools, working with talented high school dancers to explore the theme of inequality. Students will share their experiences and will work with professional choreographers to explore the theme in both workshop and performance settings.

Performance Details

Full Circle Dance Company Presents Same/Difference: Inside Inequality Saturday, November 3, 2018, 7:30 pm Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, MD 21225 (Only 13 minutes from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor)

Tickets $20, $15 for students

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For more information about the company, please visit our website at

Highlights of the Show Include:

The Ceiling :Choreographer Misty Borst Yackshaw examines workplace discrimination and harassment, drawing on her background as a psychiatrist. Featuring vivid storytelling and dramatic costuming, The Ceiling shows how women can come together to help each other and future generations. …

skinned-deep: Choreographer Hope Byers shines a bright light on colorism—discrimination within communities of color against darker skinned people—and its roots in white supremacy and slavery.

Dispositioned :Exploring the cumulative impacts of privilege and disadvantage, choreographer Liz Quinones uses the bodies of dancers to make visible differences that can be hard to see. My Story…. Drawing on her personal experience as part of a family with mixed racial and religious backgrounds, award-winning choreographer Jennifer Seye asks what it is like to be a Muslim American today.

On Our Shoulders: In an athletic work with an original score by a local composer, Nicole Tucker-Smith makes vivid America’s twin legacies of racism and resilience.

Vows: With humor and grace, choreographer Jennifer Seye shows love that transcends taboos and stereotypes.

Healing the Broken System: Choreographer Allison Powell turns to education, reminding us that passionate individuals can make a difference even in the face of persistent inequality.


*Photo credit: Brion McCarthy


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