Celebrating the full range of Blackness and culture, Pittsburgh-based STAYCEE PEARL dance project & Soy Sos exists to create Black-centered dance works along with meaningful community engagement. Making her mark on the national touring scene, choreographer Staycee Pearl’s CIRCLES: going in is a colorful and bold new work, layered with visual arts and snapshots of pop culture. Amplified by the potent beats of music collaborator Herman “Soy Sos” Pearl’s inviting original club soundtrack, her compelling new work takes a daring path to self-reclamation.



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CIRCLES: going in (2021)

(NDP Fee Support Available)
Running Time: 60 minutes, no intermission.
Choreography: Staycee Pearl
Sound Designer/Engineer: Herman B. Pearl
Music Collaborators: DJ Haram, DOTGOV, Geña, Ixa, Kha’DJ, Kilamanzego, Madame Dolores, Meejah, Queen Jo, Yah Lioness
Visual Collaborations: Bekezela Mguni, Kitoko Chargois and sarah huny young
Lighting Design: Eve Bandi
Costume Design: Emily Vallozzi
Set Design: Rob Hackett

Black Joy. Femme. Cycles of Life and Love.

CIRCLES: going in is a full-length dance work celebrating #BlackGirlMagic. Layering dance, visual arts, with pulsing beats and bass lines, the work presents snapshots of popular culture through choreographer Staycee Pearl’s lens as a Black woman. With an ensemble of five dancers, CIRCLES: going in is a colorful, unapologetic, and daring path to self-reclamation.

Central to the work is an original sound score of hip-hop, house, techno and ballroom music samples mixed live throughout the performance – bringing the joy, spontaneity and uncensored freedom of self-expression from the club to the stage.

Video & Visual Art Exhibition: CIRCLES: reclamation
In conjunction with CIRCLES: going in, presenters may request to include the accompanying visual art exhibit CIRCLES: reclamation. Featuring works by Black visual artists, Staycee R. Pearl, Bekezela Mguni, Kitoko Chargois and sarah huny young, the works draw from their shared explorations of Blackness and self-reclamation.

CIRCLES: going in is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned by Kelly Strayhorn Theater, The Joyce Theater, and NPN. CIRCLES: going in was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Co-commissioning Partners are Kelly Strayhorn Theater, August Wilson African American Cultural Center, and The Joyce Theater. The development of CIRCLES: going in is made possible in part by the National Center for Choreography at The University of Akron (NCCAkron). CIRCLES: going in is supported in part by The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Fund, Heinz Endowments, and The Opportunity Fund.



Running Time: 15 minutes
Choreography: Staycee Pearl

The short film T2/350 is a visual companion work to Pearl’s live dance work, CIRCLES: going in.


  • Technology: Zoom or other live streaming platform provided by presenter.

  • Company requires presenter to provide virtual stage manager to run virtual activities. A tech rehearsal before every event with the virtual stage manager is required.

  • Company can adapt activities to meet the needs of each presenter/theater and their respective communities.


Join Staycee Pearl for a screening T2/350, a new dance film accompaniment to her staged work CIRCLES: going in and part of the touring visual art exhibit CIRCLES: reclamation. The Company offers a digital stream followed by discussion with Staycee Pearl, allowing audiences to become better acquainted with her choreography and to have a discourse on the differences between creating dance for film and stage.


  • One stream of T2/350 short film plus multimedia presentation w/Q&A.

  • 30 Students Max (can also be presented as a multimedia presentation with one moderator to lead the Q&A session following the presentation. In this case the number of audience is unlimited).

  • 60 minutes (40-minute multimedia presentation followed by 20-minute Q&A session or interview).

Movement workshops

The company offers movement workshops for dance departments or community organizations. Workshop may be adapted as needed to accommodate participants.  Classes are offered in: Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Technique, CIRCLES: going in repertory workshop, and Composition. Staycee may be joined by additional SPdp&SS company members.


  • Number of participants to be confirmed with company.

  • 60 minutes workshop plus 15 minute Q&A with Staycee Pearl.

>> FAQ about STAYCEE PEARL dance project & Soy Sos Outreach Activities <<

Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Technique
Led by Artistic Director Staycee Pearl or company dancers, this class focuses on developing techniques for moving efficiently and expressively, with consciousness, strength, and grace. Special attention is given to cultural specificity in relation to contemporary dance technique. Classes begin slowly, with a guided improvisation focusing in inner musicality and breath. Center and across the floor exercises gradually guild to a dynamic phrase. Running time: 90 minutes.

CIRCLES Workshop
SPdp&SS has developed a progressive technique and performance training practice used to access individuality for meaningful physical expression. In this workshop, company sound designer, Herman Pearl DJs his mixes live, centering the company’s musical collaborators, as instructors guide students into the beat, expanding from center to the edges of their bodies in an improvisational warm up. Company instructors then use those ideas in technical practice, and teach repertory phrases taken directly from CIRCLES: going in. Running time: 60 minutes.

Aesthetic Training Workshops for Youth Grades 1-12
Based on Conceptual resource materials. This session uses project-based learning or aesthetic training and includes a rigorous study of dance technique and terms around a diverse art anchor workpiece that will provide a theme for choreography. This is similar to project-based learning; where students take part in dissecting the anchor piece as a community and then collaborate with the choreography and structure of the dance utilizing actual dance technique and dance terms learned during the first half of each class. This is important to begin to create artists that can have an opinion about art and can develop art based on their opinion. Running time: 60 minutes.

Lecture Demonstration
Lecture/demonstrations offer audiences, including dance students and non dancers alike, community groups, seniors, and more, an informal performance while providing a sneak peek at SPdp&SS creative process. Lec/dems can be adaptable to meet the needs of the presenter and audience interests.  NOT Full company.  Length 20 min with 10 min for Q&A or 50 minute with 10 min for Q&A.

Sound Design for Dance
Co-founding artistic director Herman “Soy Sos” Pearl will share sound design strategies and methods specifically used to create the sound for CIRCLES: going in. Additionally the class will cover the collaborative process across the disciplines of sound, music and dance. Students will get hands on access to the tools used in the performance including Ableton Live, control surfaces and custom channel strips/macros designed for the project. This class is designed for high school thru college age students specifically interested in sound design and audio engineering. The venue for the class must be equipped with a full range sound system, large video monitor or projection setup, work table and access to power.

To stimulate discussion around Black Femme Identity, SPdp&SS offers the CIRCLES Book Club. The company works with local community collaborators which may include local libraries, high schools or university English, Cultural Studies or African-American Studies departments to launch a book club featuring Black femme authors, prior to the company’s arrival. Book club members will engage in advance through social media, convening prior to the live performance with an event featuring a discussion/reading led by the authors and a movement component led by company members.

Schooltime Matinee
The company offers schooltime matinee programs to more deeply engage students in dance, artistic collaboration, and SPdp&SS creative vision. The schooltime matinee includes Artistic Director and the full company performing excerpts of the touring program. Study Guide Available. Grade Range: Adaptable for most ages. Running Time:  50 minutes plus 10 min for Q&A.

Youth Empowerment Summit
Working with schools and youth organizations predominately serving BIPOC youth, youth ages 12-14 are invited to a Youth Empowerment Summit to embrace Black joy and acceptance. The six-hour day will be bookmarked with a dance workshop centering CIRCLES: going in, a lunch time “get to know you” conversation and ending with a Black Joy dance party. Additional activity options include the following:

  • Vision board and collage making

  • #DanceVid workshop

  • Self-love photo shoot

  • Surviving White Supremacy symposium

  • Becoming an artist-talk with company dancers.

Pre and Post-performance discussions available upon request.


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For more information, please contact:

Sandy Garcia

Sandy Garcia

Director of Booking

212.278.8111 ext. 3425

Joanna Futral

Joanna Futral

Booking Associate and Contract Manager

212.278.8111 ext. 3422