Private Project

I Dream of Greenwood

I Dream of Greenwood is a dance inspired by the personal accounts of survivors of the Tulsa Massacre of 1921, as told to local historian and activist Eddie Faye Gates and featured in her book Riot on Greenwood, "The Total Destruction of Black Wall Street, 1921". The dance moves through the dreamscapes and nightmares of the children who inherited both the rich legacy of a thriving community and the trauma of one of the worst single acts of racial violence in American history. Through their eyes, we hope to relive, remember, and restore.

  • Marie Casimir
  • Kollins Williford
  • Michelle McChristian
  • Marie Casimir
  • J'aime Griffith
  • J'aime griffith
  • Marie Casimir
  • Colten Sikes
    Director of Photography
  • Ioannis Andriotis
    Music Composition & Audio Production
  • Victoria Fouke
    Senior Producer
  • Kollin Williford
  • Keith Oler
    1st AC
  • Colby Ballard
    Location Sound Mixer & Swing
  • Jason Anderson
    Key Grip
  • J'aime Griffith
  • Colton Sikes
  • Leslie Kraus
    Rehearsal Assistant & Dramaturgy
  • Alyssa Andriotis
    Alto Flute
  • Marat Gabdullin
    Violin & Viola
  • Jacob Nance
  • Josh Stenis
    Drums & Precussion
  • Marie Casimir
  • J'aime Griffith
  • Cheryl Pennington
  • Michael Bearden
    Special Thanks
  • Mechelle Brown
    Special Thanks
  • Daniel Simon
    Special Thanks
  • Marie Casimir
    Creative Director
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Dance, History, Black History, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 4, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • World Literature Today's "Reflecting on the Past, Facing the Future", OU's Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Symposium
    United States
    June 9, 2021
    North American Premiere
  • The Depot
    United States
    April 16, 2021
  • Living Arts of Tulsa
    United States
    May 7, 2021
Director Biography - Marie Casimir, Kollins Williford

Creative Director
Marie Casimir is a Haitian-American performer, choreographer, and producer. She is the founder of Djaspora Productions, producing work that connects artists of color locally and globally. She is also the co-founder of the Instigation Festival, an improvisational dance and music festival in Chicago and New Orleans. She is the recipient of a Ragdale Artist Fellowship, OneLove Nola Residency, SixTwelve Artist in Residence. Casimir’s work has been featured at Links Hall, Constellation, Chicago Home Theater Festival, Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, The Music Box Village, Neustadt Literary Festival at the University of Oklahoma, and more. Casimir is a Lecturer in the Clara Luper African & African American Studies Dept. at the University of Oklahoma and has served as the Communications and Associate Director of Links Hall (Chicago).

Technical Director
Kollin Williford is a director, editor, and cinematographer with a heart for telling stories. Growing up on movies gave him a curiosity for filmmaking and a love for visual storytelling. Whether it's fiction or documentary, Williford seeks the heart and soul of every story, making every project he touches genuine and connected.

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