Quest for Equality - BorderLight Festival

Quest for Equality

Dancing Wheels Company



Virtual - On Demand (Theatre)


Cleveland, OH




34 min

Recommended For

All Ages


Streaming on demand July 22-July 31, 2021.

Quest for Equality

In QUEST FOR EQUALITY, the Dancing Wheels Company brings a unique concert that speaks to the importance of equality and features two works by choreographers Dianne McIntyre and David Roussève.

“Dancing on a Dream,” choreographed by Dianne McIntyre, was inspired by events in the life of Mary Verdi-Fletcher, President and Founding Artistic Director of The Dancing Wheels Company & School, in celebration of three decades since the Company’s inception in 1980. The Company is now celebrating its 40th anniversary season in its quest for fully integrated and inclusive arts for all!

"Walking on Clouds" was choreographed by David Roussève at the request of Artistic Directors Mary Verdi-Fletcher and Michael Medcalf (of then Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theatre) to bring to the stage a work that would reflect the similarities and challenges encountered throughout history by people with disabilities and people of color.

“Mixing words and movement into a powerful cauldron, this new work celebrates a common humanity that survives the boundaries of difference. With equal parts humor and grit, the work blends fact, fiction, and possibility to find the connections- both emotional and historical- between people with disabilities and people of color. Commissioned by both Dancing Wheels and Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theatre, this work represents the first time the two companies have culled forces to share, create, and comment.” - David Rousseve

Choreographed by Dianne McIntyre and David Roussève

Artistic Direction: Mary Verdi-Fletcher and Michael Medcalf

Choreographer: Dianne McIntyre and David Roussève

Rehearsal Director: Sara Lawrence-Sucato

Dancers: Matt Bowman, Tanya Ewell, Molly Haslag, Cody Krause, Sara Lawrence-Sucato, Craig Sams III, Celina Speck, Marissa Thomas, Mary Verdi-Fletcher, Morgan Walker

Costumer: Janet Bolick

Video and Editing: Music and Art at Trinity Cathedral

Dancing Wheels Company





Quest for Equality
Photo by Al Fuchs
Walking on Clouds

Photo Credit(s): Courtesy of Dancing Wheels Company