Presented by Daniel Banks and Adam McKinney

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HaMapah/The Map Dance on-Film (30 min.) chronicles dancer and choreographer Adam W. McKinney’s return to his ancestral homelands—Benin, Poland, Montana, Arkansas, Missouri, and Wisconsin—to trace the intersections of his African American, Native American, and Jewish heritages. Directed by Daniel Banks and filmed by documentary filmmaker Laura Bustillos Jáquez, the work was created over a four-year period as a way to investigate the possibility of healing transgenerational traumas. HaMapah/The Map Dance-on-Film explores issues of identity, heritage, and ancestry and offers a complex and powerful story about humanity and mixed-heritage identity.

Daniel Banks is a director, deviser, dance dramaturg, and dialogue facilitator. He has directed at National Theatre of Uganda; BelarussianNational Drama Theatre; Market Theatre Lab, South Africa; Playhouse Square, Cleveland; HERE Arts Center, NY; Bay Area Playwrights Festival; NYC and DC Hip Hop Theatre Festivals; & Oval House, Teatro Technis, and with Kompany Malakhi, London. He worked as movement director/choreographer at Shakespeare in the Park, Theatre for a New Audience, Maurice Sendak’s The Night Kitchen, Singapore Rep, and La Monnaie.He is Associate Director of Theatre Without Borders, on the national cabinet of US Department of Artsand Culture, on The Drama League’s Directors Council, the 2020 recipient of TCG’s Alan Schneider Director Award, and a recent recipient of Harvardwood Heroes award for his work co-instigating the project to transform 1012 N. Main Street, Fort Worth’s former Ku Klux Klan Auditorium, into a center and museum for art and community healing.

Adam McKinney is a dancer, choreographer, and activist. He danced professionally with many of the world’s most renowned companies,  including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. With his husband, Daniel Banks, he is the Co-Director of Fort Worth-based DNAWORKS, an arts and service organization committed to healing through the arts and dialogue. Recently appointed to an Associate Professor of Dance, he is the first tenured Black professor in the College of Fine Arts at TCU. His research examines the intersections of the arts, community healing, and liberation. Named one of the most influential African Americans in Milwaukee, WI by St. Vincent DePaul, he holds a B.F.A. in Dance Performance (Butler University) and an M.A. in Dance Studies with concentrations in Race and Trauma theories (NYU-Gallatin). Adam serves as the President of Tarrant County Coalition for Peace and Justice and as the co-Secretary of Transform 1012 N. Main Street, the project to transform Fort Worth’s former KKK auditorium.