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Community Testimony

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"Though mapped out, processionals are also improvisational. They assemble a tension of attachment and surrender to the ever-changing landscapes and temporalities of the city.

Throughout history, and especially within Black and African Diasporic cultures and traditions, processionals have played a key role in gathering community together."

-Naimah Petigny, Danspace Project, 2023

Leslie Parker and Black Gotham Experience, 2023. Video courtesy of Lily Cohen.




"Threshold of Change: A Processional guided by Black Gotham Experience and Leslie Parker Dance Project" By Naimah Petigny. Danspace Project, NY, Journal: Issue 16 Fall/Winter, 2023.

"Remembering the Spirit of Dance." By Anh Vo. Danspace Project, NY, Journal: Issue 16 Fall/Winter, 2023.

"Call to Remember Methodologies: Reflections." By Naimah Petigny and Leslie Parker. MN Artists, Walker Publishing, 2023.

"NPN Annual Conference 2023: Call to Remember​." Video recorded discussion. National Performance Network, April 2023.

"Program Notes for Leslie Parker Dance Project." By Philip Bither, Director and Senior Curator of Performing Arts. Walker Publishing, 2023.

MPR Preview of Divination Tools: imagine home

"On the Threshold: A Conversation with Leslie Parker." Walker Publishing, 2023.

"Remembering the Magic of Blue" By Leslie Parker

Imagining: A Gibney Journal Issue 14, March 2023.



"Studio Stories: Reminiscing on Twin Cities Dance History with Leslie Parker." Studio Stories  podcast episode with ARENA DANCES, 2022.


Interviews & Media

Leslie Parker in Conversation with Philip Bither Walker Art Center || June 23, 2023​


Conversation with Walker Art Center McGuire Director and Senior Curator of Performing Arts Philip Bither.

KFAI Twin Cities || April 28, 2023​


Toni Pierce-Sands (Founder & Director of TU Dance) and Leslie Parker (Designer & Director of Leslie Parker Dance Project) join KFAI's ( 90.3 FM) Papi Umar Malik on LatinoAltROCK! as they discuss their upcoming performances of “The 3-Women Project” at The O'Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University and “Divination Tools: imagine home” at The Walker Art Center.

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Healing Vibrations with Jordan Hamilton

podcast Created by AK Wright || 2021

Kitchen Conversations is about the relationship between art, healing, and Black liberation. Call to Remember is a shared offering of improvisation, experimentation, and conjuring exploring Black pedagogy, artistry, and activism in dance. Invoking the elements of Call to Remember, Leslie Parker and AK Wright bring forth individuals over a meal to have robust conversations about their engagement with CTR, how we are engaging care, improvisation, and communal connections in current, beyond, and past moments. In this episode, Leslie and AK talk with collaborator Jordan Hamilton on his work with Call to Remember, healing lineages, and how he's bringing the healing vibes.

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"Parker's work in progress at Pillsbury House Theatre was electric. Just a few blocks from the south Minneapolis intersection where George Floyd had been murdered a year before... This viscerally charged performance"

- sheila regan, star tribune, 2021

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