Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre

Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre
founded 1980, Berlin/Germany


Black International Cinema
Berlin/Germany & U.S.A.
founded 1986, Berlin/Germany
  THE COLLEGIUM
Forum & Television Program
Berlin
Magdeburg/Wolfsburg/Dessau
founded 1995, Berlin/Germany

"Footprints in the Sand?" ExhibitionBerlin
Visual Documentation - Photographic Exhibition
founded 2000, Berlin/Germany
in association with Cultural Zephyr e.V. founded 1990, Berlin/Germany
   


Prof. Gayle McKinney Griffith
Co-Founder/Director: Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre, Black International Cinema,
THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin, "Footprints in the Sand?" Exhibition
and Cultural Zephyr e.V.

 


Original Fountainhead Tanz Théâtre Logo, ca. 1980
Design by Prof. Gayle McKinney Griffith

 

...are an international, intercultural community of persons engaged in achieving increasing understanding and cooperation between individuals and groups in support of democratic procedures and the elimination of violence, religious, ethnic and gender persecution, youth exploitation, homophobia and racial hatred through the process of art, education, culture and dialogue.

...sind eine internationale, interkulturelle Gemeinschaft von Menschen mit dem Engagement für ein besseres Verständnis und wachsende Kooperation zwischen Individuen und Gruppen, mit Unterstützung des demokratischen Prozesses und der Beseitigung von Gewalt, Verfolgung aufgrund religiöser, ethnischer und geschlechtlicher Zugehörigkeit, Kindes- und Jugendmissbrauch, Homosexuellen-Feindlichkeit und Rassenhass, durch die Mittel der Kunst, der Bildung, der Kultur und des Dialogs.

...sont une communauté internationale et interculturelle de personnes engagées à promouvoir la compréhension et la coopération croissantes entre les individus et les groupes, à l´appui des outils démocratiques et à travers l´élimination de la violence, de la persécution religieuse, ethnique et sexuelle, de l´exploitation de la jeunesse, de l´homophobie et de la haine raciale par le processus de l´art, de l´éducation, de la culture et du dialogue.

...kültürler ve uluslar arasi bir topluluk olarak, bireyler ve gruplar arasinda daha iyi bir anlayis ve is birlikteligi için angaje olmaktayiz, bununla demokratik bir sürecin destegiyle sanat, egitim, kültür ve dialog araciligi ile siddet, antisemitizm, homoseksüel düsmanligi ve irklar arasi kin ve nefret duzgusuna bir çözüm getirmek istiyoruz.

...é uma comunidade international e intercultural de pessoas empenhádas em melhorar a compreensão e aumentar a cooperação entre indivíduos e grupos, apoiando o processo democrãtico e a eliminação da violência, anti-semitismo, discriminação homossexual e racismo, a trave's da arte, educação, cultura e diálogo.

...sono una communità internazionale e interculturale di persone impegnate per una migliore comprensione e cooperazione tra gl'individui e i gruppi, con la meta di dare un impulso al processo democratico, eliminando cosi la violenza, l'antisemitismo, il rassismo e la discriminazione degli omosessuali - per questa realisazione ci sono gl'instrumenti dell'arte dell'educazione, della cultura e dello dialogo.

...son una comunidad internacional e intercultural de personas empenadas para una mejor comprensión y cooperación entre los individuos y grupos, con la meta de dar fuerza al impulso democrático y asi de eliminar también la violencia como el antisemitismo, el racismo y la discriminación de los homosexuales. Por eso se usan los medios del arte, de la educación, de la cultura y del diálogo.

Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith
co-founder/producer/director/publisher/curator/moderator of Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre, Berlin/Germany (1980), Black International Cinema Berlin (1986), THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin and other cities (1995), "Footprints in the Sand?" Exhibition (2000) and Cultural Zephyr e.V. (1990).

Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre was founded 1980 in Berlin/Germany by the Professors Donald Muldrow Griffith and Gayle McKinney Griffith together with three other artists. Since then both are co-producers and directors of the Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre. Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre is a production, performing and teaching unit. People from various national, cultural, ethnic, social-economic and religious backgrounds, of both genders and different sexual orientations are working together in a variety of artistic and cultural fields with the intention to create, promote and bring about an intercultural exchange with available projects.

The philosophical premise upon which these organizations are based is:

Increasing international and intercultural understanding and cooperation between individuals and groups in support of democratic procedures and the elimination of violence, religious, ethnic and gender persecution, youth exploitation, homophobia and racial hatred through the process of art, education, culture and dialogue.

Professor Donald Muldrow Griffith completed his studies in Psychology and Pedagogics at the University of Loyola, Chicago Illinois, U.S.A..
After considerable time as a practicing Group Therapist, Elementary School teacher and Probation Officer for Juvenile Offenders, he began his training in acting, voice, speech and diction and also studied a variety of dance techniques, including ballet, modern, jazz and African dance. His stage, choreographic and production career began in the U.S.A. as an actor, singer, dancer, fashion model and choreographer and he performed featured roles in musicals, theater, television commercials and film productions.
Prof. Griffith played the starring roles in the Broadway Musicals "Pippin," "Stop The World, I Want To Get Off," "Lyrics Of Sunshine And Shadows," where he portrayed the poet, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, and was also nominated "Most Promising New Off Broadway Actor," by the New York Drama Critics for his featured roles in "Contributions," a three act drama in which Donald Muldrow Griffith appeared in two of the three acts.
He also staged fashion shows for major clothing manufacturers and fashion houses at venues such as, Lincoln Center, Waldorf Astoria, Regines and other New York City locales.
Prof. Griffith narrated industrial shows in the U.S.A. for a number of years for clients such as Ford Motor Company, Buick, Metropolitan Life Insurance, Western Electric, Trans World Airlines, Detroit Diesel and other major companies in the U.S.A..
He also danced with the Rondo Dance Theater and Fred Benjamin Dance Company. In addition, he managed the careers of artists, such as Oscar Brown Jr., in Chicago, Illinois and New York City.

Prof. Griffith's quest for further creative and educational opportunities was enhanced by an invitation to Berlin/Germany for performing, teaching and choreographing at Theater des Westens. As a result, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre was established in Berlin/Germany by Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, Prof. Gayle McKinney Griffith, Lynnda Curry, Ricky Powell and Detlef Bäcker and has become a source of creative and educational endeavors in Berlin, elsewhere in Europe and the U.S.A..

Prof. Griffith´s direction and choreography of "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf" was awarded "Special Judge´s Award" for Choreography and Music in the European-wide Tournament of Plays by the US. Army.

As a result of their educational and artistic backgrounds in the U.S.A./Europe and after an international university search, he and his wife, Prof. Gayle McKinney Griffith were selected and invited to Indiana University South Bend, U.S.A., to establish a dance theater department.

Prof. Griffith´s talent, creativity and experience as a singer, actor, dancer, narrator, writer, producer, director and choreographer are characteristic of FOUNTAINHEAD's undertakings and productions today.

Besides a variety of activities in the fields of dance, theatre, music, film/video, publication and television, the production, direction and realization of the annual intercultural, interdisciplinary film/video festival Black International Cinema Berlin and the television program THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin, weekly broadcast on Mondays from 1-2 am, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9-10 am at Alex - Offener Kanal Berlin, belong to the focal point of work by the Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre.

In addition to the foregoing productions of Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre is the annual "Footprints in the Sand?" Exhibition, a visual arts documentation of Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre and international artists.

In 1990, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre founded Cultural Zephyr e.V. as a non-profit organization.

Please download the biography of Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith HERE (pdf).

Fountainhead Tanz Theatre

Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre is a production, performance and distribution unit, which was initiated and developed by Prof. Gayle McKinney Griffith and Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, both experienced artists from the U.S.A. Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre engages people from various national, cultural, ethnic, socio-economic, religious backgrounds, and sexual identities, and works in a variety of artistic and cultural areas, with the goal of creating, experiencing and communicating intercultural exchange within its projects and to the world community. Since its founding in 1980, Berlin/Germany, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre has presented a variety of international, intercultural and interdisciplinary productions in the areas of dance, theatre, film festivals, television programming, film distribution, publications, seminars, exhibitions, workshops and musical presentations.

Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre presented productions such as:

"Fountainhead® meets Mombasa", 1980, a combination of African Jazz Music and Black Dance Theatre, presented at the Tempodrom, Berlin, featuring the US American musician Lou Blackburn; "The Crazy Horse Suite", Amerika Haus Berlin, 1980; the Cultural Festival "Fountainhead and Friends", 1983; Europe's first "Black Cultural Festival Berlin", 1986, a 3-week event, March 3-23, which presented the contributions of Black people to world culture through film, theater, dance, music, workshops and seminars, and was an homage to the legendary tap dancer, Carnell Lyons; the venues were the Theatermanufaktur am Halleschen Ufer from March 3-16, music - dance - theatre; Hochschule der Künste Berlin on March 11, symposium; Kino Arsenal from March 17-23, film. Organization and Artistic direction: Prof. Gayle McKinney Griffith (U.S.A./Berlin), Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith (U.S.A./Berlin), Donald Muldrow McKinney Griffith II (U.S.A./Berlin), Dr. Ntongela Masilela (South Africa); in cooperation with: Prof. Dr. Abdul Alkalimat (U.S.A.), Uazuvara Ewald Katjivena (Namibia), Getinet Belay (Ethiopia), Joliba Africa Center; Organization: Erika Gregor (Arsenal Cinema/Germany); Organization Assistance: Annette Koschmieder (Germany);

since 1986, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre has annually presented the "Black International Cinema Berlin", which originated from the Black Cultural Festival Berlin, in other European cities and the U.S.A. since 1990; the choreographies for "Tucholsky in Rock", Schillertheater Werkstatt, 1983; "Cabaret", director: Günther Krämer, Altes Schauspielhaus Stuttgart, 1984; "Die Letzte Rolle", a film by Egon Günther, ZDF 1985; the films "A Man Without Limits", documenting Europe's first Black Cultural Festival Berlin and "I Dream A World", both in cooperation with Polish Television were awarded "best films" in 1988 by the Polish commission for film arts.

For the revision of "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf", a prizewinning piece by N. Shange, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre was awarded the "Special Judge's Award," for best choreography 1988 in the "European-wide Tournament of Plays."

Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre has written several articles for dance magazines and published five Black International Cinema Anthologies.

In 1987, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre initiated the youth dance ensemble "Space & Times", and presented the production "Crossroads" with invited guest artists, Nana Shineflug and The Chicago Moving Company. In 1989,"Crossroads" was successfully presented at the Hebbel Theater Berlin. Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre was awarded a special proclamation by the Mayor of Chicago, Richard Daley.

Besides creating for other dance performances, in 1990 the documentary film, "Crossroads," was created in cooperation with Michael Andre in Berlin.

Various activities in the field of cultural work with young people followed and subsequently the organization of an audition for the Walt Disney Film Production "Swing Kids".

FOUNTAINHEAD® TANZ THÉÂTRE
ORIGINS


from left: Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, Ricky Powell,
Prof. Gayle McKinney Griffith, Lynnda Curry

In 1992, Gayle McKinney Griffith and Donald Muldrow Griffith received professorships and responsibility for founding the subject area of Dance at Indiana University South Bend (IUSB) U.S.A.. After their "Inaugural Dance Performance" at IUSB, which was sold out, varied activities followed, such as a television production for the local TV-station W.N.D.U., "People, Places, Neighbors & Things", a nomination for membership in the "Indiana Arts Commission" as well as for the "Michiana Arts & Sciences Council" U.S.A.. The Black International Cinema Interdisciplinary Film - /Video-Festival was also presented in Chicago in 1994 with the participation of the Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre Company.

Guide to Indiana University South Bend
Dance Program Collection
at the IU South Bend Archives

The collection for the Dance Program at the
Indiana University South Bend Archives
documents the history of Donald and Gayle Griffith,
Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre Berlin Germany,
as directors of the Dance Department from 1992 to 1995,
with numerous visual material as recent as 2011.

https://www.iusb.edu/library/about/collection/archives/inventory/dance.php

THE COLLEGIUM, in association with Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre, Black International Cinema and Cultural Zephyr e.V., was founded in Berlin, Germany on May 14, 1995 by Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, Prof. Gayle McKinney Griffith, Mark Headley and Calvann Cole as an open forum enabling and supporting informational exchange by undertaking projects among THE COLLEGIUM participants in conjunction with other individuals and groups.

In 1996, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre became a member of the Black History Month Committee in Berlin. Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre also began production and direction of a television broadcast entitled "THE COLLEGIUM", a monthly magazine program presented at the Offener Kanal, Berlin (OKB).

Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith is appointed Chairman of the organization, BAU, (Berlin Americans United e.V.), and in August 1996, project leader (director, choreographer, dance instructor) at the RAA, Berlin (Regionale Arbeitsstellen für Ausländerfragen, Jugendarbeit und Schule e.V.).

He directed and choreographed the intercultural youth musical "Woah Woah", which was presented at the Hackesches Hof-Theater in April 1997; "Paul Robeson - A Portrait of a Giant", a theatre performance including readings, dance and video, which was presented on "THE COLLEGIUM" television program and also during Black History Month 1997 celebration.


Mark Headley & Lynnda Curry

THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin/Munich in association with Dr. Themba Kadalie, other individuals and groups, presented a four day interdisciplinary and intercultural program from February 26 - March 1, 1998 at the Werkstatt der Kulturen and SEKIS in Berlin entitled, "An Aspect Of History"; the presentation of the XIII. Black International Cinema Berlin/Cottbus, Germany & U.S.A. 1998 from April 16 - 19 occurred at the Werkstatt der Kulturen, Berlin, with films, videos, dance, theatre presentations, workshops and seminars. On April 27, films and videos were screened at the Obenkino, Cottbus.

The XIV. Black International Cinema Berlin/Cottbus, interdisciplinary, intercultural film/video, dance, theatre, music & seminar presentations, Germany & U.S.A., was presented by Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre, THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin/Munich and Cultural Zephyr e.V., in association with the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and in cooperation with the Hochschule der Künste Berlin, April 30 - May 8, 1999.

The XIV. Black International Cinema Berlin 1999 produced a 250 page Anthology, featuring original documents from the Humbolt-Universität zu Berlin archives of W.E.B. DuBois, Mildred Harnack Fish and Paul Robeson. The Anthology also includes the complete XIV. Black International Cinema Berlin 1999 program of film, theatre, dance, music and seminars.

For information regarding the acquisition of the XIV. Black International Cinema Berlin 1999 Anthology and additional BICB Anthologies, please contact us through our Fountainhead® Distribution Service, www.black-international-cinema.com/distribution.html.

Marion Kramer and Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith were elected to the districts of Schöneberg and Tempelhof Cultural Commission, which reviews and offers recommendations for proposals of cultural projects to be presented in the combined districts of Schöneberg and Tempelhof, as part of the city of Berlin re-organization.

The year 2000 witnessed production of the XV. Black International Cinema Film-Video Festival in Berlin, Düsseldorf and Cottbus, accompanied by theatre, music, seminars and dance presentations.

THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Telelvision Program began production every Sunday 9 - 10 p.m. with film, discussion, arts calendar and in addition, produced three television programs of the venture, entitled "Classic In Black 2001", undertaken by Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre in association with and initiated by Harry Louiserre.

Articles for magazines regarding various subject matter were published throughout the year. The Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre website, www.fountainhead-tanz-theatre.de, was presented an award for "A Highly Recommended Cultural Website."

2001 was underpinned by the presentation of the XVI. Black International Cinema in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Cottbus and Munich, accompanied by a regular Sunday presentation of THE COLLEGIUM Television Program from 9:15 p.m. to 10 p.m. and articles published in English and German.

Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre / Black International Cinema was granted the official status of "Associated Projects to the UNESCO Slave Route Project."

2002 witnessed presentation of the XVII. Black International Cinema Film-Video Festival in Berlin and Düsseldorf. Filmmakers from Israel, Switzerland and the U.S.A. were guests during the Black International Cinema premiere in Berlin.

THE COLLEGIUM Television Program is a weekly presence, Sunday 9 - 10 p.m. on the Open Channel Berlin (OKB). THE COLLEGIUM Television Program is also distributed to the German cities of Magdeburg, Wolfsburg, Trier and Kaiserslautern.

Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith was an invited panelist, to discuss Distribution & Festival Planning during the Global African Diaspora Cinema Symposium 2002 in Salvador/Bahia, Brazil. The invitation was extended by the City of Los Angeles, U.S.A. Department of Cultural Heritage and the African Marketplace Inc., U.S.A. The Symposium occurred December 6-12, 2002 in conjunction with the Pan African Film Festival as a program within the IV. Mercado Cultural Festival Salvador/Bahia, Brazil.

XVIII. Black International Cinema 2003, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Vienna/Austria, Ljubljana/Slovenia will co-operate with The Pan African Film Festival Salvador/Bahia, Brazil during the annual presentation of Black International Cinema Film/Video Festival Berlin/Germany, May 8-11. - Klick Filmtheater; Düsseldorf, May 22-25. - Black Box Kino, Filmmuseum; Ljubljana, June 11-15. - Cinema Vic.

2003 witnessed a launching of the FOUNTAINHEAD® DISTRIBUTION-Film/Video/Publishing-Sales & Rental Service, with sales, rentals and publishing resources offered to our audience.

Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith (co–founder/director of Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre) was invited by the Cultural Affairs Department of the city of Los Angeles to participate as a panelist to discuss Distribution and Film Festival Planning during the Global Cinema and Urban Entertainment Conference, sponsored by African Marketplace, Inc. and the Cultural Affairs Department of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A..

A subsequent invitation by the African Marketplace, Inc. and the Cultural Affairs Department of the city of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., was extended to Prof. Griffith to attend the 4th Annual Souk Ukaz Festival in Amman, Jordan, September 16 – 18, 2004, as panelist on behalf of the Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre/Black International Cinema Berlin. The event is directed towards creating dialog and bringing together Pan-African and Middle Eastern Film and Entertainment professionals.

Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre produced choreographic works entitled “Funky Sweatpearls Present Weight Watchers”, “Hol' mir mal 'ne Flasche Bier”, “The Children Of Abraham” and “Ode To Bahia” for presentation on THE COLLEGIUM Television Program.


Mark Headley

In addition, Cultural Zephyr e.V., under the direction of Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre, and the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy are combining resources to produce and direct the first phase of a five year project entitled, “Interactive Mirror – Spiegel Interaktiv”. An initiative designed to provide an intercultural and artistic environment for young people 14-17, leading to cooperative co-existence in society, as the project objective. The project is scheduled for initial presentation during the XIX. Black International Cinema Berlin 2004 seminar series, May 7-9, 2004.

The XIX. Black International Cinema Berlin 2004 was presented in cooperation with the Humboldt University of Berlin, in association with Classic In Black and the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy and under the auspices of the Commissioner of the Berlin/Germany Senate for Integration and Migration, Günter Piening. The XIX. Black International Cinema Berlin Film Festival occured May 6-9 at the Klick Filmtheater and the XIX. Black International Cinema Berlin Seminar Series were presented May 7-9 at the Studiobühne of the Humboldt University of Berlin/Philosophy Faculty III.

A distribution agreement has been established between Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre Distribution and Arsenal - Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V. (Arsenal - Institute for Film and Video Art), Berlin/Germany, for selected participating films from the annual Black International Cinema Berlin.

2005 marked the anniversaries of Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre (founded Berlin/Germany 1980 / 25 years), Black International Cinema Berlin (founded Berlin/Germany 1986 / 20. edition), THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin (founded Berlin/Germany 1995 / 10 years) and Cultural Zephyr e.V. (founded Berlin/Germany 1990 / 15 years).

The XX. Black International Cinema Berlin 2005 occurred May 5-8 at the cinema, die kurbel with film/video presentations from the U.S.A., South Africa, Canada, Ghana, Germany, United Kingdom, Cuba, Senegal, the Netherlands, Belgium, Mexico, Austria, Iran, France and Argentina.

"Footprints In the Sand?" 2005, a visual documentation of a people's efforts and success, at constructive cultural contributions in an international arena. Presentations: Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre and Classic In Black.

Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre & Placement in Concert
In cooperation with Placement professioneller Raum für Tanz-Theater-Kunst und Körperarbeit, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre produced, directed and choreographed an interdisciplinary multi-media production entitled "Literature + Photography + Paintings + Choreography + Dance = Performance" which was presented during THE COLLEGIUM Television Program on September 18, 2005.

Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre also produced, directed and choreographed a multi-media production entitled "Remembrance" which combined dance, film and music and was created for THE COLLEGIUM Television Program´s 10th anniversary broadcast, November 20.

In 2006 Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre presented an exhibition entitled "Odyssey - Photographic Exhibition - Visual Documentation" including "Footprints in the Sand?" and Classic In Black, which was on display from February 13 until March 31, 2006 in the gallery of Kiezmeile/bunddesign in Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg.
Accompanying the exhibition was a presentation February 17/18 at 8.30 p.m., in French, English and German incorporating literature concerning social-political, artistic thinking and undertakings from Carter G. Woodson, James Baldwin, Countee Cullen, Claude McKay, Aimé Césaire and other distinguished writers.
The presentors-readers of this presentation, entitled CULTURAL EXPRESSIONS OF BLACK WRITERS FROM THE 19th THROUGH THE 21st CENTURY, were Harry Louiserre, Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, Marion Kramer and Khadija Tarjan McKinney Griffith, interspersed with music from rap, jazz and documentary recordings.

Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre also published articles entitled "A Berlin Original", an overview of the history and accomplishments of Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre, "Odyssey", accompanied the exhibition with the same title, and an article regarding a film critic about the film "A Conversation With Oscar Brown Jr. - People, Politics and Art", in the magazine "Kiezmeile".

XXI. Black International Cinema St. Louis, Mo., U.S.A./Berlin, Germany 2006. The XXI. Black International Cinema occurred on invitation of and in cooperation with the University of Missouri, St. Louis, Mo./Center for International Studies, U.S.A. at the Saint Louis Art Museum from April 22-24 and in Berlin/Germany at the cinema filmkunst 66, May 4-10.

"Odyssey - Berlin/St. Louis/New York City/Berlin 2006", A documentary film production by Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre
A documentary film entitled "Odyssey" was filmed at the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Romare Bearden Foundation and presented by Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre as a part of THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television programs during July and is currently screened internationally.

LADY SADIE Please, pass it on!
A "Dance Theatre Konstruction" in 3 acts

A "Dance Theatre Konstruction" and international cooperation, designed to raise awareness intellectually, emotionally and spiritually regarding the devastating effects of violence - internationally, nationally, domestically and personally, was created by Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre for presentation in the U.S.A., 2007.

A documentary film in Berlin/Germany was sponsored by the University of Michigan/Center for European Studies and the Center for International and Comparative Studies, Ann Arbor, U.S.A. regarding the efforts of Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre to utilize art and culture for peaceful purposes and will be presented in 2007.

Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre presented the MusiKal TheaTre TIME KonsTrucTion - ON AIRE², A Moment in "Time"- at the Nickelodeon cinema in Berlin-Mitte on February 9 and 16, 2007. This multi-media presentation connected various artistic elements and the participating artists through their artistic disciplines. The production is a musical theatre depiction of the passage of "Time", as measured by humans whose "Time" is always fleeting, in relationship to the machinations of nature which functions at will, regardless of "Time". A portrayal of the co-existence of life and "Time" as presented through film, song, dance, spoken word and music.

THE XXII. Black International Cinema Berlin 2007 was presented from May 3-6 at the Nickelodeon cinema. In addition to film, this year's festival hosted several seminars. Prof. Akin Euba presented a seminar entitled "Dialogue in Music: Addressing The Challenges to 21st Century Musicians - Africa and Europe in Berlin 2007". Panelists were: Alexis Pope, Lisa Bryce, Cornelia & Reggie Moore, Charles Wynn, Queen Yahna and Lere O. Shakunle.

Further seminars were "Formula 1 in the 21st Century" presented by Darius Leoncavallo, President, CEO and Founder of the Leoncavallo F1 Racing Team, and "Communication via Television, Internet und Film", presenters: Angela Kramer, Cordula Alkert and Marion Kramer.

"The Bosporus-Project in Istanbul 2008" is a growing, peaceful, intercultural art-project by Yutta Saftien in cooperation with Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre/XXII. Black International Cinema Berlin 2007.

Again, the MusiKal TheaTre TIME KonsTrucTion - ON AIRE², A Moment in "Time" - was performed during the XXII. Black International Cinema Berlin 2007 on May 5.

In November 2007 Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre produced and directed in association with Cultural Zephyr e. V. and in cooperation with Offener Kanal Berlin (Open Channel Berlin) the special edition of the television magazine THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin under the title "A Complexion Change": Intercultural Dialogue within a Migratory Society. The future is with us, how do we respond to the inevitabilities of population change, clash or cooperation? Partial Portrait / Past, Present, Future? A relationship of Europe to the world and the human contributions to a developing Europe, at the dawn of the 21st century. The broadcast was presented in English, German and Polish via television and internet. Among the presenters were Günter Piening, Commissioner of the Senat of Berlin for Integration and Migration, and Anna Grudzinska, Foundation Diversity Forum/Poland.

2008 witnessed preparations for the XXIII. Black International Cinema Berlin/Germany, Warsaw/Poland & U.S.A. 2008, with film submissions from the U.S.A., Germany, Mali, Iran, Bahrain, India, Canada, Belgium and Senegal. The festival was presented at the Moviemento Cinema, May 8-12 with accompanying seminars.

In addition, the 2nd edition of “A Complexion Change” was televised May 29th via television, internet and radio in English, German, French and Arabic.

“A Complexion Change”, Vision III was presented on Nov 1, 2008 as the last in a series of three special television, radio, internet presentations, produced and directed by Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre for THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin, regarding the opportunities and challenges of demographic adjustments, resulting from international migration.

An invitation from the Aspen Cultural Diplomacy Forum U.S.A., provided an opportunity for Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith to attend a conference in Paris France, November 13-15, 2008, in which he served as a presenter and panelist during the seminars “Music as Cultural Diplomacy” and “New Technologies in Arts and Culture - Preservation and Presentation”.

Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009, provided an auspicious occasion for a four hour television, internet, radio production by Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre for THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin documenting the inauguration day ceremonies of President Barack Hussein Obama. The program was re-broadcast May 1 and repeated on May 22.

The XXIV. Black International Cinema Berlin 2009 was presented at the Rathaus Schöneberg (city hall of Schöneberg) in cooperation with the Commissioner for Integration, Gabriele Gün Tank, district Tempelhof-Schöneberg of Berlin, May 7-10. Films were screened from Cape Verde, Benin, France, the U.S.A., Iran, India, Togo, Senegal, Belgium, Germany, United Kingdom, Colombia, Spain, Nicaragua, Switzerland, Italy and Madagascar. In addition, seminars and readings were presented.

In November 2009, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre was invited for the fifth time to participate in the bi-annual award ceremony of the Senate of Berlin/Germany, which presents awards to persons who are engaged in voluntary community service and working with social and cultural organizations based in Berlin. This document of appreciation and recognition is presented to the persons of Berlin, who have engaged in honorary undertakings and positions. Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre has been granted permission from the Senate of Berlin to nominate persons for the Volunteer Certificate Award.

Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre was invited by the Commissioner for Integration of the district Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Berlin, Gabriele Gün Tank, to participate in the project "CrossKultur 2009", a series of productions from the district office of Tempelhof-Schöneberg. On this occasion, Fountainhead®Tanz Théâtre produced, directed and presented the program A COMPLEXION CHANGE - International & Intercultural Diplomacy entitled "InterRelations", a collage of film and text interpretations interspersed with music, which was presented on November 17, 2009 at the cinema of the Rathaus Schöneberg (city hall), Berlin.

THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin continues the path of cinema, state of affairs and artistic presentations on a weekly basis of Sundays, 7-8 pm, Thursdays 10-11 pm.
Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre produced and directed two special editions of THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin under the theme of A COMPLEXION CHANGE, January 17 and February 21, Slices of Life - Personal Vignettes, featuring the Young People's Artist Group and special guest actors, who offered their personal experiences from various places in the world through oral presentations.

The 25th anniversary edition of the Black International Cinema Berlin was presented by Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre at the Rathaus Schöneberg (city hall of Schöneberg) in cooperation with the Commissioner for Integration, Gabriele Gün Tank, district Tempelhof-Schöneberg of Berlin, May 4-8, 2010.

"...Art and culture can build bridges, cross borders and pull away from stereotypical categorized thinking. Therefore, initiatives such as Black International Cinema Berlin are important for the capital of Germany. In 2010, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Black International Cinema Berlin.
I extend my congratulations to the organizers of Black International Cinema Berlin, a cultural highlight which is unique Germany-wide..." Gabriele Gün Tank

The annual international and intercultural diplomacy film/video festival presented under the theme of A COMPLEXION CHANGE - International and Intercultural Diplomacy - Opportunity, please knock....We Have A Dream and Still We Rise.... films from South Africa, Antigua, France, the Ivory Coast, the U.S.A., Iran, Iraq, Australia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Senegal, Denmark, Germany, Colombia, Spain, Austria und Canada. In addition, film discussions, performances, readings and seminars were presented.

The photographic exhibition and visual documentation "Footprints in the Sand?" was presented by Fountainead® Tanz Théâtre at the Rathaus Schöneberg (city hall) foyer from June 1 - July 31, 2010. The exhibition documents the activities of Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre & James V. Burks, African Marketplace & Cultural Faire, City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, U.S.A. in association with International Artists.

Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre was invited in 2010 by the Commissioner for Integration of the district Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Berlin, Gabriele Gün Tank, to participate for the second time in the project "CrossKultur 2010", a series of productions from the district office of Tempelhof-Schöneberg. On this occasion, Fountainhead®Tanz Théâtre produced, directed and presented the program A COMPLEXION CHANGE - International & Intercultural Diplomacy entitled"....We Have A Dream and Still We Rise....", a collage of film and text interpretations interspersed with music, which was presented on December 14, 2010 at the cinema of the Rathaus Schöneberg (city hall), Berlin.

THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin is televised Sundays from 7-8 pm, Mondays from 3.45-4.45 pm, Thursdays from 22-23 pm and Saturdays from 10-11 am at Alex-Offener Kanal Berlin and additionally in Magdeburg, Wolfsburg and Dessau.

The 26th edition of the Black International Cinema Berlin 2011 was presented from May 4-8 in cooperation with the commissioner for integration of the district Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Berlin at the Rathaus Schöneberg (city hall). Up to 40 contributions were presented in the program, among them productions from Jamaica, U.S.A., France, Mali, Australia, UK, Liberia, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Nepal, Iraq, Italy, Colombia and Burundi.
The film program was accompanied by film discussions, performances, seminars and musical presentations. The seminars dealt with themes such as justice for Mumia Abu-Jamal and the abolishment of the death penalty worldwide, the importance of private grass-root-level initiatives for cultural exchange and the difference between anonymous aid and personal cooperation, as well as the Airport Tempelhof as an international meeting place for the pursuit of freedom and future.
Artistic performances were presented by Mike Russell, OKBeat on Stage with music and text in addition to the Suzuki Violin Group of the John-F.-Kennedy-School Berlin.

From Juli 1 - August 31, 2011 Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre presented "Footprints in the Sand?" - Visual Documentation / Photographic Exhibition in the foyer of the Rathaus Schöneberg (city hall) Berlin. The exhibition paints a picture of the activities of various people during their historical contributions to Berlin, elsewhere and hence, the portrait seeks to prevent these undertakings from becoming "Footprints in the Sand?". On display were documents attesting to the history of Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre as well as artistic works by invited international artists: Gabriela Rosa da Silva, Paris/France, Andrea Brehme, Berlin/Germany, Regina Gerschke, Berlin/Germany, Michael Jurisch, Berlin/Germany, Karen D. Brame El-Amin, Dayton, OH/U.S.A., Matthew Frazier, Memphis, TN/U.S.A..

Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre was invited by the Aspen Institute to moderate a panel discussion, regarding story telling at the Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman, Nov. 28-30, 2011. A documentary montage of photography, film and music was produced by Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre, based upon this invitational experience.

Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre was invited in 2011 by the Commissioner for Integration of the district Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Berlin, Gabriele Gün Tank, to participate in the third presentation of the project "CrossKultur 2011", a series of productions from the district office of Tempelhof-Schöneberg. Fountainhead®Tanz Théâtre produced, directed and presented the program "A COMPLEXION CHANGE - View to the Future/Blick in die Zukunft", a collage of film, text interpretations, dance and music. The theatre piece was presented on December 10, 2011 at the cinema of the Rathaus Schöneberg (city hall), Berlin.

For the 27th time, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre produced and directed the film festival Black International Cinema Berlin from May 2-6, 2012, in the John F. Kennedy Hall, the cinema and library of the city hall of Berlin-Schöneberg. For the fourth time, the event was organized in cooperation with the commissioner for integration of the district Tempelhof-Schöneberg. Under the title "A COMPLEXION CHANGE - Transnational & Intercultural Diplomacy / View to the Future - The Flag Still Flies", the XXVII. Black International Cinema Berlin 2012 presented a variety of perspectives through film, seminars and artistic performances. The film productions were representing Iran, Spain, France, the U.S.A., Germany, Great Britain, Cape Verde, Colombia, Canada, Uganda, Italy and Congo.
As part of the festival, the visual documentation and photographic exhibition "Footprints in the Sand?" followed film presentations and was presented through the production and artistic direction of Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre from July 1 until August 31, 2012 at the Rathaus Schöneberg (city hall) foyer. Mounted for this year's display were Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre documents and artistic works by invited international artists: Adrian Shephard, UK; Thomas M. Wendt, Berlin/Germany; Ursula Wunder, Berlin /Germany; Andrea Lippold, Berlin/Germany; Melitta Manigk, Berlin/Germany; Regina Gerschke, Berlin/Germany; Galina Likosova, Colombia; Norbert Lang, Berlin/Germany; Amir Kaufmann, Berlin/Israel; Prof. Levi Frazier, Jr., Memphis, TN/U.S.A.

THE COLLEGIUM- Forum & Television Program Berlin continued its telecast every Thursday and Saturday from 9-10 am and Monday from 1-2 am at Alex - Open Channel Berlin, via live stream on the station's website, additionally in Magdeburg, Wolfsburg, Dessau and THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin Archive (www.youtube.com/user/thecollegium).

Conceptualized, written and directed by Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre produced a film portrait of Roswitha Günther, founder and director of Pfeiffers Ballhaus, who for over 20 years produced Pfeiffers Ballhaus at the Berlin citizen television station Alex - Open Channel Berlin. The film premiered during the XXVIII. Black International Cinema Berlin 2013 presentations.

From May 8-12, 2013, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre, under the production and direction of Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith and in cooperation with the commissioner for integration of the district Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Berlin/Germany, presented the 28th edition of Black International Cinema Berlin at the Rathaus Schöneberg, Berlin/Germany. Under the theme "Future Blossoms" the festival screened films from an international and intercultural group of filmmakers as well as presenting artistic performances, seminars and discussions. The films were submitted from fifteen countries, among them Iran, Cameroon, U.S.A., Spain, Germany, South Sudan, Italy, Mexico, Canada, Iraq, UK, Honduras, Venezuela, Colombia and France. The festival honored the outstanding producer, director and filmmaker William Greaves with a special tribute and presented four of his works.

The visual documentation and photographic exhibition "Footprints in the Sand?" Exhibition was presented under the title "...VISIONS BECOME REALITY... / ...VISIONEN WERDEN WIRKLICHKEIT..." at the foyer of the Rathaus Schöneberg (city hall) from July 1 - August 31, 2013. Besides artistic creations by Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre and documentations attesting to its history, artistic works by international artists were displayed: Karen D. Brame El-Amin - U.S.A., Levi Frazier, Jr. - U.S.A., Regina Gerschke - Berlin, Amir Kaufmann - Berlin/Israel, Judith Lenhardt - Berlin, Andrea Lippold - Berlin, Farid Mirkhani - Iran, Hartmut Radowsky - Berlin, Gabriela Rosa da Silva - Paris, Pia Sommer - Bayreuth, Thomas M. Wendt - Berlin, Ursula Wunder - Berlin.

Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, founder and director of Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre, Black International Cinema Berlin, THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin, "Footprints in the Sand?" Exhibition and Cultural Zephyr e.V., was nominated for the German Prize for Civic Engagement 2013. The German Prize for Civic Engagement aims at strengthening the recognition of citizen engagement in Germany, as well as increasing its visibility.

In 2013, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre was invited for the fourth time by the Commissioner for Integration of the district Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Berlin, Gabriele Gün Tank, to participate in the presentation of the project "CrossKultur 2013", a series of productions from the district office of Tempelhof-Schöneberg. Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre produced, directed and presented the program "A COMPLEXION CHANGE - Transnational & Intercultural Diplomacy - THE FUTURE IS NOW", a theatre journey in Hebrew, German, English and Arabic, based upon the artistry of Amir Kaufmann, presented through spoken word, film, photography and music. In addition to the presentation of a children's workshop and seminar, the production occurred on December 6, 2013 at the cinema of the Rathaus Schöneberg (city hall), Berlin and was dedicated to the beautiful shining star of humankind, Nelson Mandela.

In 2014, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre presented the 29th edition of Black International Cinema Berlin at the Rathaus Schöneberg (city hall), Berlin/Germany, entitled "Pathways to Enlightenment", under the production and direction of Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, in cooperation with the Commissioner for Integration of the district Tempelhof/Schöneberg, Gabriele Gün Tank and in association with the Embassy of the United States of America, Berlin. The festival XXIX. 2014 Black International Cinema Berlin / "Footprints in the Sand?" Exhibition 2014 presented films from an international group of filmmakers as well as artistic presentations, seminars and discussions from May 7-11. This year, films were submitted from Spain, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Argentina, Iran, UK, Germany, Italy, France, Guinea Bissau, Cuba, U.S.A., Israel, Thailand, Iraq, Madagascar, Colombia, Togo and Canada.

Upon an invitation by then West Berlin Mayor Willy Brandt, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited Berlin in 1964. He utilized the opportunity to extend his spiritual message of brotherhood to the situation of Cold War Berlin, arguing that although the city "stands as a symbol of the division of men on the face of the earth," it was clear that "on either side of the wall are God's children, and no man-made barrier can obliterate that fact."

In remembrance of the Berlin visit of Dr. King Jr., special programs were included into the festival. In honor of Dr. King and in appreciation of this 50th anniversary, the festival presented a performance during the opening ceremony entitled, "A Light from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - Amazing Graze", which included selected excerpts of speeches by Dr. King as well as music and vocals. A film collage, entitled "A Day in the Life...? And a child will lead the way...", produced, directed and choreographed by Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, was presented during the film screenings.

In June 2014, the telecast of THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin presented "A Theatre Journey with Ricky Reiser and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." during its arts calendar section. This essay was written by Ricky Reiser and is an autobiographical narrative based upon her becoming aware of Dr. King, his spirit and work as a leader of the Civil Rights Movement. Reading about him and his published material helped Ms. Reiser to deal with racism and discrimination, which she encountered growing up and living in Germany as an African German. Her story was then translated from German into English and transformed into a dramatic reading for both languages, presented by Ricky Reiser and Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith who also directed the theatre reading.

Subsequently, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre, under the curation of Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, presented as part of the festival XXIX. 2014 Black International Cinema Berlin, the visual documentation and photographic exhibition "Footprints in the Sand?" from July 1 until August 31, 2014 in the foyer of Rathaus Schöneberg.
The exhibition documented the history of Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre in association with Sandra Becker - Berlin, Karen D. Brame El-Amin - U.S.A., Martin Christoph - Berlin, Ilka Forst - Berlin, Susanne Gerber - Berlin, Amir Kaufmann - Berlin/Israel, Judith Lenhardt - Berlin, Andrea Lippold - Berlin, Hartmut Radowski - Berlin, Ricky Reiser - Berlin, Pia Sommer - Bayreuth, Ulli Steltzer - Canada, Thomas M. Wendt - Berlin, Ursula Wunder - Berlin.
During the opening ceremonies of "Footprints in the Sand?" Exhibition, Ricky Reiser and Prof. Griffith again presented the dramatic reading "A Theatre Journey with Ricky Reiser and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." Also part of the opening ceremonywas the presentation of an updated version of the film "A Day in the Life...? And a child will lead the way...".

Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, founder,director, moderator of Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre, Black International Cinema Berlin, THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin, "Footprints in the Sand?" Exhibition and Cultural Zephyr e.V., was again nominated for the second year for the German Prize for Civic Engagement 2014. The German Prize for Civic Engagement aims at strengthening the recognition of citizen engagement in Germany, as well as increasing its visibility.

Historical documents from Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre, Black International Cinema Berlin, THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin and "Footprints in the Sand?" Exhibition (1980-2016), are archived in the Library of the Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen, Berlin/Germany (German Cinema - Museum for Film and Television). https://www.deutsche-kinemathek.de/bibliothek/bibliothekskatalog

On October 1, 2014, Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith was awarded the Integration Prize 2014 from the Berlin district Tempelhof-Schöneberg. The award ceremony was presented in the Golden Hall of Rathaus Schöneberg. The Integration Prize aims at honoring special contributions by citizens or institutions of the district, who are contributing in an outstanding manner towards the integration of people from various national, cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds residing in Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Berlin/Germany.

Upon an invitation to participate in the yearly cinema project entitled "Screening-2014" by the Medienwerkstatt Berlin im Kulturwerk des bbk berlin, Nov. 24-28, 2014, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre presented the short film "HAPPY Berlin" THE COLLEGIUM television dancers, produced and directed by Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, at the Kino Central, Berlin/Germany, on Nov. 28. Participants were Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, MFA Kera, Louis-Jean, Guest, Mahgoub Mohamed Eltayeb, Kani Tuyala, Christian Jolibois, Marion Kramer, Mike Russell, Martin Kersten and Angela Kramer. It was produced during the Black History Month Television Presentation of THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin in February 2014, which was also dedicated to the anniversary of the Berlin visit of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1964.

An invitation by Julia Browne, founder and director of Walking the Spirit Tours provided Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre with the opportunity to create a day tour for students and professors from Arizona University U.S.A.: Walking the Spirit Tour - Berlin, March 19, 2015. We met at a hotel and began our bus trip to Paul-Robeson-Straße and then proceeded to Kunstquartier Bethanien/Medienwerkstatt Berlin, where we met our first informative in house tour guide Klaus-Peter Vellguth, followed by an introduction by Lioba von den Driesch to the media - film, video, sound resources - of the downstairs Medienwerkstatt. Afterward we proceeded to a drive-by of the Tempelhof Airport where the monument for The Berlin Blockade and Airlift are located, prior to our walk through and visit to the John F. Kennedy Hall and lunch at the Rathaus Schöneberg (city hall of Schöneberg). The next drive-bys were the Amerika Haus, Theater des Westens and the Quasimodo music and entertainment club. The Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin was our next destination and the travel concluded at Alex - Open Channel Berlin station, where THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television program Berlin is produced and directed by Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre. Participants: MFA Kera (singer, composer, teacher, writer, Black Heritage) - Madagascar/Berlin, Kahina Rabbaoui (student, filmmaker) - Morocco/Berlin, Aïssa Rabbaoui (student, filmmaker) - Morocco/Berlin, Youssef Rabbaoui (filmmaker) - Morocco/Berlin, Thomas M. Wendt (Technician/ THE COLLEGIUM/Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre) - Berlin, Martin Christoph (Technician/THE COLLEGIUM/Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre) - Berlin. Film presentations: "The Return of the Repressed", Directors: Aïssa Rabbaoui & Kahina Rabbaoui; "Black People, Black Berlin", Director: Prof Donald Muldrow Griffith.

Under the title "30 Times after Time – Visuals to improve Reality", Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre presented in 2015, under the production and direction of Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, in cooperation with the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the director of the Department of Musicology and Media Studies, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Mühl-Benninghaus, and in association with the Embassy of the United States of America, Berlin, the 30th edition of Black International Cinema Berlin at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany. The festival XXX. 2015 Black International Cinema Berlin / "Footprints in the Sand?" Exhibition 2015/2016 screened from May 4-9 films by an international and intercultural group of filmmakers. Artistic presentations, seminars and discussions were also part of the program. In 2015 the narratives, documentaries, experimental and short films came from countries such as Colombia, Sudan, Brazil, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Spain, the UK, Guatemala, Portugal and the U.S.A.

2015 marks the 35th anniversary of Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre, the 30th edition of Black International Cinema Berlin, 25 years of Black International Cinema Berlin Film Awards, the 20th anniversary of THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin, 15 years "Footprints in the Sand?" Exhibition and 25 years of Cultural Zephyr e.V.

THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Televison Program Berlin was nominated for the Alternativer Medienpreis 2015 (Alternative Media Award) with the production "HAPPY Berlin" THE COLLEGIUM Television Dancers / Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre / February 2014.

Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre/Black International Cinema Berlin/THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin, has been acknowledged by the EFFE International Jury as one of Europe's finest festivals and honored by receiving the EFFE Label 2015-2016 (Europe for Festivals/Festivals for Europe).

The visual documentation and photographic exhibition "Footprints in the Sand?", under the production, direction and curation of Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith/Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre, is presented for the first time in cooperation with the Familienplanungszentrum BALANCE within their premises at Mauritiuskirchstr. 3, 10365 Berlin from September 15, 2015 to June 30, 2016. The official opening of the exhibition took place on October 28, 2015. It documents the history of Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre in association with Karen D. Brame El-Amin/U.S.A.; James V. Burks, African Marketplace & Cultural Faire, City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs/U.S.A.; Martin Christoph/Berlin; Judith Lenhardt/Berlin; Ricky Reiser/Berlin; Thomas M. Wendt/Berlin und Ursula Wunder/Berlin. Under the title "30 Times after Time - Visuals to improve Reality! A Complexion Change", the exhibition is one example of a mosaic from which the history of Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre exists. It is part of a process which documents the existence and contributions of individuals and groups to the societies in which they and we live, hence they are prevented from becoming "Footprints in the Sand?".

With a film compilation entitled “And a child will lead the way...”, under the production and direction of Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre participated in the yearly presentation “SCREENING 2015” by Medienwerkstatt Berlin on November 19, 2015, at the Kino Central in Berlin.
The film description was as follows:

Observe - Analyze - Proceed
A Complexion Change
"Chancellor Angela Merkel, a lady willingly and ably
addressing issues of our and others historical concerns.
Thank you for your leadership."
Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre, September 26, 2015

On November 25, 2015, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre in cooperation with Familienplanungszentrum BALANCE presented a film evening and discussion entitled "UNITY THROUGH DIVERSITY? What is the formula to partial and/or eventual success? Or, is success in this matter even achievable?" The event occurred at the premises of BALANCE at Mauritiuskirchstr. 3 in Berlin-Lichtenberg. Films were screened from the Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre/Black International Cinema Berlin Film Festivals 2014/2015.

In 2016 Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre presented under the production and direction of Professors Donald Muldrow Griffith and Gayle McKinney Griffith, the 31st edition of the annual festival Black International Cinema Berlin. The event occurred from May 13-15, 2016 for the 1st time at the Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte, Robert-Havemann-Saal (House of Democracy and Human Rights, Robert-Havemann-Hall).
With the title of the event "The Message is Our Direction ..." - A Complexion Change the festival refers to our changing society. This change applies to both the increasingly culturally and ethnically diverse composition of our society and to the social, economic and political renewals.
During the festival, films from Africa, the African Diaspora and contributions with intercultural and international issues were presented. The majority of the films are independent productions which in Germany may only be screened at the Black International Cinema Berlin. The films, including short and long narratives, documentaries and experimental films arrived from Sierra Leone, Brazil, Iran, Germany, Italy, Cape Verde, Nigeria, Uganda, United Kingdom, Canada and the USA.

In association with and upon invitation from the Medienwerkstatt Berlin, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre presented two editions of the telecast THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin at the fair for contemporary art BERLINER LISTE 2016, which was held from September 15-18 at Kraftwerk Berlin, where the Medienwerkstatt Berlin was presented at the Schaltzentrale (control center). The first edition was entitled “Yes, we can and Yes, we better…” – Barack Hussein Obama and Donald Muldrow Griffith. The second edition presented the production of THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin from June 19, 2016, including a conversation with Sandra Becker, video artist and director of Medienwerkstatt Berlin and a dance performance by Joanne Orton. Both editions were conceptualized, produced, choreographed, directed and moderated by Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith.

As part of the “Active for Democracy and Tolerance 2016”  competition, THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin was ranked as an exemplary project and honored with an award by the Advisory Council of the Bündnis für Demokratie und Toleranz (Alliance for Democracy and Tolerance) during their meeting on November 21st, 2016.

In December 2016 THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin was welcomed as a new IYGU partner (International Year of Global Understanding). “...The IYGU congratulates The Collegium for being ranked as an exemplary project and honored with an award by the Alliance for Democracy and Tolerance's "Active for Democracy and Tolerance 2016" competition.”

 

Juanita Nuñez

Fountainhead Tanz Theatre 1980

Origins

from left:
Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, Lynnda Curry,
Prof. Gayle McKinney Griffith, Ricky Powell

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"I MAY NOT MAKE IT IF I TRY, BUT I DAMN SURE WON'T IF I DON'T..."
Oscar Brown Jr.

"MANKIND WILL EITHER FIND A WAY OR MAKE ONE."
C. P. Snow

"WHATEVER YOU DO..., BE COOL!"
Joseph Louis Turner

"YES, I CAN...!"
Sammy Davis Jr.

"YES, WE CAN...!"
Barack Obama

 

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