Sydnie L. Mosley Dances (SLMDances) presents Spotlight in PURPLE, offerings that shine a light on themes and questions in our creative work PURPLE: A Ritual In Nine Spells, through virtual and analog experiences.

PURPLE: A Ritual In Nine Spells is a multi-project universe that illuminates the power of “deep sisterhood for social change” through storytelling and movement. This sisterhood is how we thrive: we invest in one another, we honor and celebrate each other's brilliance, and we hold ourselves accountable to experiencing radical joy.

The podcast is an offering of interview, poetry, music, mindfulness, and an invitation to join our story circle. 

We invite you to listen to this offering as a way to care for yourself. Find a comfortable seat, grab a cup of something warm and delicious, inhale, exhale, and enjoy.

Season 1
Edited & Produced by Jessica Lee, Bianca Paige Smith and Lorena Jaramillo
The inaugural podcast episode includes storytelling with SLMDances Creative Partners and a poem by Timothy Prolific Jones created as a literary contact-improvisation between our ensemble dancing and Timothy's writing.
Funded in part by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Creative Engagement.
Executive Production by SLMDances

Season 2
Hosted, Edited & Produced by Collaborating Artist
Kirya Traber
A three part narrative non-fiction series which follows the unique creative process of the dance theatre collective Sydnie L. Mosley Dances and the world premiere of their dance theatre work PURPLE: A Ritual In Nine Spells - an ensemble performance which premiered at Lincoln Center in June 2023.
Executive Production by SLMDances
Assistant Production by Ziiomi Law

Sydnie L. Mosley Dances (SLMDances) is a New York City-based dance-theater collective that works in communities to organize for gender and racial justice through experiential dance performance.SLMDances' works engage audiences in artistic process, provoke a visceral reaction to physicality on stage, and incite conversation toward community action. The works reflect real life experiences central to our identities, and pulls focus to the stories of women and black people. “This is really revolutionary stuff,” writes Eva Yaa Asantewaa of Infinitebody. Through dimensional compositions, specific, textured movement, humor and character development, choreographed works appeal to a sense of humanity. 

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First Episodes

Welcome to Spotlight in PURPLE!

Welcome to Spotlight in PURPLE! This is a gift for you from SLMDances. This podcast is a companion to handmade zines - analog and digital - created for you, our treasu...

Spotlight in PURPLE - Season 2 Trailer

Spotlight in PURPLE, season 2 will be a three episode series following the unique creative process of the world premiere of the creation of PURPLE: A Ritual In Nine Sp...

Building the Altar: The Creation of PURPLE by SLMD

We learn about the history of how Sydnie L. Mosley Dances became a collective, the values that guide the work and how those values show up inside their newest work, PU...

A Place for PURPLE: Revisiting the Community of San Juan Hill

We continue the journey and hear about the place where PURPLE: A Ritual In Nine Spells was developed: the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, which is also the nei...

Reverberations of PURPLE - Black femmes in conversation

Sit in on an intimate conversation between Ebony Noelle Golden, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, and Sydnie L. Mosley about four works of Womanist literature that have influenced...

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