Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre

Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre
founded 1980, Berlin/Germany

Black International Cinema
Berlin/Germany & USA
founded 1986, Berlin/Germany


THE COLLEGIUM
Forum & Television Program Berlin
Magdeburg/Wolfsburg/Dessau/Portland, USA
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 Berlin,
THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin, "Footprints in the Sand?" ExhibitionBerlin
and Cultural Zephyr e.V.

 

...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, 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, 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, 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 racismo y la discriminación de los homosexuales. Por eso se usan los medios del arte, de la educación, de la cultura y del diálogo.

 

Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre was founded 1980 in Berlin/Germany by Donald Muldrow Griffith and Gayle McKinney together with Lynnda Curry, Ricky Powell and Detlef Bäcker, four American artists and a German colleague, who met in Berlin during 1979 at Theater des Westens and decided to undertake intercultural, interdisciplinary and international productions in dance, theatre, television, workshops, film/video festivals, artistic exhibitions and publications.

As co-founder and director, Donald Muldrow Griffith developed an idea for the artistic, educational and socially critical undertakings of Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre. In search for a name and philosophy for the group, he read an article in the International Herald Tribune regarding the Pompidou Museum, where the director referred to France as returning to "a source of creativity", a "fountainhead of art" after the dispersal of many art works by the National Socialists during World War II. The return of the works of art and new artistry afterwards, was a source of national honor. The museum was to restore France as an origin of fresh national artistic direction. This approach coincided with Donald Muldrow Griffith´s ideas and directions. After discussions with his colleagues regarding his suggested title, the name Fountainhead was decided upon.

Donald and Gayle are co-producers and directors of Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre.
They have developed Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre from their desire to create and express all that derives from a rich fountain of experience, training, and personal talent, thus applying this knowledge to a multitude of artistic and societal fields. They have produced, directed, and choreographed productions and developed alternative training programs, which have provided the possibility for young, as well as for more mature artists from diverse cultural backgrounds to acquire performing skills and dance techniques. This novel approach to instructive training has permitted students to embrace not only the characteristics which are intrinsic to the arts, but also to train their students in the principals of business which govern the arts. Thereby creating well rounded talents, who are more than adequately prepared for a career in the field of culture.

Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre is a production, performing, distribution and educational unit. The organization engages people from various national, cultural, ethnic, socio-economic, gender and sexual identities as well as religious backgrounds, and works in a variety of artistic and cultural disciplines, with the goal of creating, experiencing and communicating intercultural exchange within its projects and to the world community.

Upon 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.

One of the productions is the annually presented Black International Cinema Berlin, which was founded by Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre in 1986 in Berlin/Germany and since then, has been produced on a regular basis in Berlin/Germany and other European and US-American cities.
The festival screens cinema from Africa, the African Diaspora and films from varied international and intercultural backgrounds or perspectives.

Black International Cinema Berlin originated from the historical Black Cultural Festival, which was produced and directed by Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre in 1986 for the first time in Europe, a 3-week event in Berlin, 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.

Additionally, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre produces and directs, upon founding in 1995, the weekly intercultural television magazine program THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin, televised Mondays from 1-2 am, Thursdays from 9-10 am and Saturdays from 2-3 am and 9-10 am at Alex - Offener Kanal Berlin (Alex - Open Channel Berlin), and furthermore presented in Magdeburg, Wolfsburg, Dessau and Portland, Oregon/USA, as well as shared with interested persons and institutions in Europe, the USA, Africa and Asia.

Moreover, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre, under the curation of Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, produces and directs the photographic exhibition and visual documentation "Footprints in the Sand?" ExhibitionBerlin, which presents a portrait of the activities of various people during their historical contributions to Berlin, elsewhere and hence, the presentation seeks to prevent these undertakings from becoming "Footprints in the Sand?".

In 1990 Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre established Cultural Zephyr e.V. as a not for profit organization, which administers the cultural and artistic undertakings of Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre.


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?" ExhibitionBerlin (2000) and Cultural Zephyr e.V. (1990).

Professor Donald Muldrow Griffith completed his studies in Psychology and Pedagogics at the University of Loyola, Chicago Illinois, USA.
After considerable time as a practicing Group Therapist, Elementary School teacher and Probation Officer for Juvenile Offenders, he began training in fine arts, acting, voice and expression at the Fine Arts Building Chicago. There he studied voice training with Martha Larrimore and acting with Everett Clark. Donald M. Griffith also studied various dance techniques in additional studios such as the Chicago Dance Center and ballet with Edward Parish, Phyllis Sabold and Erik Bruhn. In New York City he began training in Modern Dance, African Dance and Jazz Dance with Fred Benjamin, Paul Sanasardo, the Alvin Ailey School, the Martha Graham School and the Clark Center for the Performing Arts. His stage, choreographic and production career began in the USA 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, under the direction of Oscar Brown Jr., 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.
Prof. Griffith also appeared in "A Streetcar Named Desire", with the Katherine Dunham Dance Company and in the musical "The Me Nobody Knows", portrayed the role of Sammy in the television soap opera "One Life to Lead" and has been featured in many television commercials.
He 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 USA 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 USA.
He appeared in Musical Revues and performed with Oscar Brown Jr. Productions, Philip Cohran & The Artistic Heritage Ensemble, the Phyllis Sabold Dancers, the Rondo Dance Theater and the 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.

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 U.S. Army.

As a result of their educational and artistic backgrounds in the USA/Europe and after an international university search, he and Prof. Gayle McKinney Griffith were selected and invited to Indiana University South Bend, USA, to establish and direct a dance theater department, where their professorships were bestowed upon them.

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

email by Rudy Stevenson, 2001 

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


Prof. Gayle McKinney Griffith
co-founder/producer/director/publisher/curator 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?" ExhibitionBerlin (2000) and Cultural Zephyr e.V. (1990).

Prof. Gayle McKinney Griffith studied at the New York Juilliard School of Music and Connecticut College (School of Dance). She aspired to a dance career and subsequently became the first Ballett Mistress and Soloist in the original Dance Theatre of Harlem. She appeared on world famous stages such as Carnegie Hall, Sadlers Wells and the Palladium. As a teacher of various dance techniques, she taught at many schools and companies. By extending her work to film, television and musicals, she enriched her knowledge in the entertainment and production field. Thus, she compiled a rich treasure of experience, which now finds its expression through the productions of Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre. In her work as a teacher, she specialized in the training of classical ballet and a special body placement.

 

Fountainhead Tanz Theatre

 

Four Decades of Excellence In Cultural Diversity

Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre presented the following productions:

1980
"Fountainhead® Meets Mombasa", Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany
Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre´s first production as an organization. A combination of African Jazz Music with the richness of Black Dance Theatre to form a riveting, visual experience of sound and color, presented at the Tempodrom, Berlin, featuring the US American musician Lou Blackburn.

"The Crazy Horse Suite", Amerika Haus, Berlin, Germany
A multi-media production, which presented a history of the Native American through dramatic readings and poetry. This piece directly followed "Fountainhead® Meets Mombasa".

1981
A series of performances and dance/theatre workshops were presented in Germany and other European venues by Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre.

1982
"An Evening with Fountainhead", Vienna, Austria
Combined the disciplines of singing, dance and pantomime to create a mesmerizing evening of mysticism and fun with live music.

An article entitled "7 Aspekte der Tänzerausbildung" (7 Aspects of Dance Education), written by Gayle McKinney and Donald Muldrow Griffith, was published by Internationale Tanzwerkstatt Bonn und Deutsche UNESCO-Kommission, Bonn.

1983
"Fountainhead and Friends", Centre Francais de Wedding, Berlin, Germany
A cultural festival combining the disciplines of modern dance, jazz and ballet.

"Tucholsky in Rock", Schillertheater Werkstatt, Berlin, Germany
A cutting edge rock-dance performance choreographed by Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre.

1984
"Cabaret", Altes Schauspielhaus, Stuttgart, Germany
Under the direction of Günther Kramer accompanied and supported by the critically acclaimed choreography of Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre, which was more than well received by German audiences and critics.

1985
"Die Letzte Rolle", Berlin, Germany
The film production "Die Letzte Rolle" ("The Last Role"), directed by Egon Günther for ZDF television in 1985, with choreography by Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre.

"Fountainhead Tanz Théâtre Company", Pädagogisches Zentrum, Berlin, Germany
Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre provided young dancers with the opportunity to develop their talents without prior training and in a relatively short time (see Ballet Journal 3/83).
Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre worked jointly with the Pädagogisches Zentrum Berlin (an educational center for teachers in Berlin), to develop dance performances for children. The performances were such a great success, that the Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre team subsequently was encouraged to produce workshops for teachers.

"Fountainhead® in Budapest", Budapest, Hungary
Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre created the first non-subsidized programs of dance, and co-produced workshops and performances that attained the same objectives as begun in Berlin. Due to the projects overwhelming success Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre received invitations to several of Hungary's most prestigious events. Workshops were also offered in the areas of Classical Ballet, Special Body Placement (correct alignment of body posture through floor and other exercises), Jazz and Modern Movement and Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre was subsequently invited to Austria, Italy, Liechtenstein, West Germany and the United States.

1986
Black Cultural Festival, Berlin, Germany
Europe's first historical Black Cultural Festival Berlin
From 3 to 23 March 1986, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre produced and directed Europe's first and historical Black Cultural Festival. The contributors were predominantely Black artists, filmmakers and intellectuals from Africa and the African Diaspora presenting a spectrum of Black art, Black cinema, Black thinking and life, and through seminars discussing their various political, social and cultural experiences. The festival offered a musical homage based upon the life experience of one of the great tap dancers, Carnell Lyons.

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. Donald Muldrow Griffith (USA/Berlin), Prof. Gayle McKinney Griffith (USA/Berlin), Donald Muldrow McKinney Griffith II (USA/Berlin), Dr. Ntongela Masilela (South Africa); in cooperation with: Prof. Dr. Abdul Alkalimat (USA), Uazuvara Ewald Katjivena (Namibia), Getinet Belay (Ethiopia), Joliba Africa Center; Organization: Erika Gregor (Kino Arsenal, Germany); Organization Assistance: Annette Koschmieder (Germany).

"A Man Without Limits", Berlin, Germany
In co-production with Polish television, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre filmed a documentary regarding Europe's first Black Cultural Festival Berlin entitled, "A Man Without Limits", awarded "best film" in 1988 by the Polish commission for film arts.

In August 1986, Gayle McKinney Griffith and Donald Muldrow Griffith were invited to produce and direct a dance workshop in Arezzo, Italy.

Since 1986, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre has annually presented the Black International Cinema Berlin, which originated from the historical Black Cultural Festival Berlin, also in other European cities and the USA since 1990.

Black Cultural Festival Berlin 1986

1987
Black International Cinema Berlin 1987, Berlin, Germany
From February 8-10 and on February 12 and 13, 1987, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre in conjunction with the Filmbühne am Steinplatz and the Amerika Haus produced and directed the Black International Cinema Berlin, a series of Black films, Gospel concerts and lectures.

"I Dream A World", Arrezo, Italy
Along with the Association for Culture (Associazione Culturale Attaverso II Casentino) and the city administration of Arezzo, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre conceived and presented a dance, theatre and sports festival from July 12-26, 1987. The fruits of the workshops were performed during the finale at the Arezzo Amphitheater. Accompanied by a documentary film in co-operation with Polish television capturing this festival in a film entitled, "I Dream A World" (based upon the poem by Langston Hughes). The film was awarded "best film" in 1988 by the Polish commission for film arts.

"Space & Times", Berlin, Germany
Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre created the "Space & Times" Tanzcompanie. This consisted of young people 15-22 years of age from various cultural origins and socio-economic backgrounds. "Space & Times" focused on the entry- to intermediate-level dancer. Creating original choreographies which were presented for the first time in Berlin in such landmark theatres as The Hebbel Theatre, Die Pumpe (The Pump-Work) and the Akademie der Künste (Academy of the Arts).

1988
Black International Cinema Berlin 1988, Filmbühne am Steinplatz, Berlin, Germany
February 6-11, 1988
The theme of this edition was the Black Women: Their devotion, power and strength. The participants consisted of people from the African Diaspora. A film, entitled, "Black People, Black Berlin", featuring interviews with members of the Berlin African Diaspora (Black Germans, Black Americans and Black Africans) was produced in association with the film festival and was scheduled for release in 1993.

"My Hometown", Berlin, Germany
A documentary film, being produced in association with Mega-Vision, a video production company. This production by Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre, filmed in an interview format, focuses on the lifestyles of a cross-section of Berlin residents (painters, musicians, performers).

"For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf", Amerika Haus, Berlin, Germany
Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre revised and re-choreographed Ntosake Shange's choreo-poem "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf". The company performed the work at the Amerika Haus and the Berlin Community Theatre from October until December 1988. In contrast to the original, at the conclusion of the revised version, Black women and men became closer in their struggle to create a better relationship with one another in a historically difficult societal setting.
For the revision 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.

1989
"Space & Times", Berlin, Germany
"Space & Times" Tanzcompanie traveled to Denmark and Italy and organized dance workshops under the direction of Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre.
In April 1989, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre was invited as guest artists to Florence, Italy, for a subsequent dance workshop.

Black International Cinema Berlin 1989, Arsenal Cinema, Berlin, Germany, February 1-5, 1989;
Billie Holiday Theatre, New York/USA, October 12-21.
Held at the Arsenal Cinema (Welserstraße) and in association with the film festival, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre produced a commemorative publication. After a year of research and the assembling of articles and papers from film scholars, historians, filmmakers and libraries in North America, Africa, the Caribbean and the United Kingdom, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre published in Berlin, the first Black International Cinema Anthology; a work on Black and Asian filmmakers in English, German and French.

Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre has written several articles which have been published by UNESCO and various dance and other magazines in Europe. There was special emphasis upon issues concerning dance theory and the history of dance techniques, as well as the performing arts and related subject matter.

"Crossroads", Hebbel Theater, Berlin, Germany
In October of 1989, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre produced, directed and staged two dance cultural evenings, entitled "Crossroads", with "Space & Times", Nana Shineflug and "The Chicago Moving Company", Chicago ILL., USA and various other Berlin artists at the Hebbel Theater in Berlin. Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre was awarded a special proclamation by the Mayor of Chicago, Richard Daley.

1990
"Space & Times", Berlin, Germany
Yet another performance of the group "Space & Times" took place when the company and Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre were invited by the U.S. Army to produce and perform a program of photography and dance in celebration of Black History Month in February 1990. The photographic exhibition featured the work of Lester Sloan, Newsweek Magazine, and Robert Golightly Jr., U.S. Army, Berlin.

Black International Cinema Berlin 1990, Arsenal Cinema, Berlin, Germany
From February 22-25 Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre organized the "Black International Cinema Berlin 1990" in collaboration with the South African Community Cultural Center from Amsterdam and the "Daily Mail Film Festival", South Africa. Films from South Africa, in a program entitled "Cinema Under Siege" were shown. The film festival included a photo exhibition by Lester Sloan, Newsweek Magazine and Robert Golightly Jr, U.S. Army.

"Crossroads", Berlin, Germany
Besides creating for other dance performances, a collaborative film between Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre and Michael Andre based on the dance theatre production "Crossroads" by Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre was created.

German Reunification Ceremonies, Berlin, Germany
Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre and "Space & Times" Tanzcompanie, upon invitation from the German Government (Senat), participated in the reunification ceremonies on October 2nd and 3rd, 1990.

Productions at the Saalbau Theatre by Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre and "Space & Times" Tanzcompanie in December 1990 and January 1991, ended one year and began a new one, successfully.

1991
6th Black International Cinema Berlin, Berlin, Germany
The festival was presented at the Amerika Haus and the Arsenal Cinema April 15-21. In association with this year's Black International Cinema Berlin film event, the second Black International Cinema Anthology was published, featuring articles and photographs by various international authors.

1992
Zille-Haus, Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany
Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre successfully marketed "I Dream A World" to the Kunstkanaal (Television station) in the Netherlands, critiqued films for RIAS Television/Radio and were invited by the Bildungsmarkt e.V. to formulate and direct a comprehensive cultural program for the Tiergarten district of Berlin, which began in February 1992. The Project was inaugurated with a production from Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre at the Zille-Haus, demonstrating the talents of students attending the Bildungsmarkt from the former East and West of Berlin. These efforts were combined with action painter Gregory Perri and a performance by Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre and the "Space & Times" Tanzcompanie.

"Swing Kids", Berlin, Germany
In January, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre was requested by Disney Productions to coordinate and direct the casting auditions for the "Swing Kids" production, filmed in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

7th Black International Cinema Berlin, Arsenal Cinema, Berlin, Germany, May 4-10, 1992
Under the direction and production of Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre the film series was accompanied by dance performances by Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre company, "Space & Times" and guests at the Akademie der Künste, May 4, 1992: HNT "Hella Niesytka Tanzprojekt", Choreography: Hella Niesytka; EKSTREM, Choreography: Gilbert Passe-Coutrin and Fountainhead Tanz Théâtre/Space & Times Tanzcompany Berlin, Choreography: Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre, Percussion: Axel Leu and group; two theatre productions at the Amerika Haus, May 5, 1992: "From the Hip!" Experiences in the Modern World told through Poetry, Prose, Movement and Music, written by Tracy Clarke, New York, USA; "Bessie Smith Speaks", written by China Clark, performed by China Clark, Kimberly Cameron, directed by Woody King; seminars and panel discussions: "Raising Multicultural and Bi-Racial Children in a 'Monocultural' Society", a seminar with Elena Featherston, San Francisco, USA. Well over fifty films from Germany, the United States, Africa, Greece, and the United Kingdom were presented and the 3rd Black International Cinema Berlin Anthology was published.

Indiana University South Bend/USA
In August 1992, Gayle McKinney Griffith and Donald Muldrow Griffith received professorships and responsibility for founding and directing the subject area of Dance at Indiana University South Bend (IUSB) USA.

"Inaugural Dance Performance", Indiana University South Bend, USA
November 14, 1992 - Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre co-produced, directed and choreographed the sold out inaugural multi-media dance evening entitled, "Be There By 8p.m. And Let's See What Happens…" at Indiana University South Bend.

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://library.iusb.edu/search-find/archives/finding-aids/dance.pdf

 

FOUNTAINHEAD® TANZ THÉÂTRE
ORIGINS

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

1993
8th Black International Cinema Berlin
Indiana University South Bend/USA, March 17-21, 1993
New York City/USA, April 1993
Sputnik Cinema Wedding, Berlin/Germany, May 27 - June 9, 1993
The 8th Black International Cinema Berlin was produced by Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre in South
Bend, USA and Berlin, Germany.

Acting Workshop, Berlin, Germany
Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre was invited by the Volkshochschule Tiergarten as guest director, during a two week workshop.

"People, Places Neighbors & Things", Television Production/South Bend, Indiana, USA
The television production for W.N.D.U. T.V., entitled "People, Places, Neighbors & Things" was directed and choreographed by Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre and featured an international cast of dancers and interviewees.

Race Unity Coalition Day, Temple Beth-El USA
Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre was invited to serve as spokesperson for the Race Unity Coalition Day.

Indiana Arts Commission, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, director of Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre was nominated by the Indiana Arts Commission to serve as a panelist on the Dance Advisory Board.

1994
IUSB Spring Dance Theatre Festival, USA
Presented were three original productions by Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre in the area disciplines of choreo-drama, dance and musical vignettes. Included in the cast were international guest artists from Russia and Berlin, Germany. Dance Workshops were also presented within the community.

X94 - Junge Kunst & Kultur, Berlin, Germany
Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre was invited by the Akademie der Künste (Academy of the Arts) Berlin, Germany to present their concept of multi-media, interdisciplinary Dance Theatre during the X 94 Junge Kunst & Kultur Festival, March - April 1994.

9th Black International Cinema Berlin
Chicago - New York City - Berlin, Germany 1994
February 24 - 27 at the Chicago Filmmakers; Harlem State Office Building New York City, USA, March 4-5 and Berlin, Germany, April 20 -24 at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of the Cultures of the World). Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre´s Dance Company performed its Chicago debut during the Black International Cinema Festival.

WNDU - TV USA
Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre co-produced, directed and choreographed a segment for A.D.I. (Advertising Directors Institute) AWARDS.

South Bend Regional Museum of Art, USA
Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre presented lecture demonstration as guests of the South Bend´s Women´s Art League at Century Center´s Warner Gallery.

Arts Midwest Conference, USA
Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith received grants from the Indiana Arts Commission and Arts Midwest. These awards enabled Prof. Griffith to become a presenter at the Arts Midwest Conference Kansas City, MO. in October 1994.

Indiana Arts Commission, Indianapolis, Indiana USA
Continuing the annual tradition of the 1st year nomination by Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith; Prof. Gayle McKinney Griffith was nominated to the Dance Advisory Board.

Michiana Arts & Sciences, USA
Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre was invited as panelists for the Arts Competition and additionally proposed new criteria for the Dance and Theatre disciplines in the competition by-laws.

1995
The Children´s Museum of Indianapolis, USA
Professors Donald Muldrow Griffith and Gayle McKinney Griffith were invited as Guest Panel Judges and conducted a Master Class for the 1995 Prelude Dance Awards, sponsored in January by the Children´s Museum.

Xth Black International Cinema Berlin
Chicago - New York City - Los Angeles - Berlin, Germany 1995
From February through April, the interdisciplinary Black International Cinema Berlin film festival celebrated its 10th anniversary, in Berlin at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of the Cultures of the World), April 26-30, 1995. This year’s dance program was presented in "Die Pumpe" (Lützowstr./Berlin), May 4-6, 1995, with invited guests from the USA, Germany and Turkey.

THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin
THE COLLEGIUM, in association with Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre, Black International Cinema Berlin and Cultural Zephyr e.V., was founded in Berlin, Germany on May 14, 1995 by Prof. Donald Muldrow 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.


Mark Headley & Lynnda Curry

THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin has since November 1995, under the direction of Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre, produced a monthly television program presented at the Offener Kanal Berlin (OKB) featuring cinema, state of affairs and arts calendar.

1996
Black History Month 1996
Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre in association with ISD (Initiative Schwarze Deutsche), and other individuals and groups participated in the Black History Month Committee, which created programming for a month long presentation.

XIth Black International Cinema Berlin
Chicago - New York City - Los Angeles - Berlin, Germany 1996
25. - 28. April, Amerika Haus Berlin, Films, Seminars and Discussions.

"Paul Robeson - Portrait Of A Giant"
A performance comprising text, dance and video, with two actors and a dancer was originally produced and directed for THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin in June, 1996 by Prof. Donald Muldrow Grifith/Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre.

RAA Berlin
Since August 1996, Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith was project leader, director and choreographer of intercultural activity at the RAA (Regionale Arbeitsstellen für Ausländerfragen, Jugendarbeit und Schule Berlin e.V.). In his capacity, Prof. Griffith worked with young people in directing and choreographing a new intercultural musical, entitled "Woah Woah", which premiered at the Hackesches Hof-Theater, Berlin Mitte, on March 30./31. and April 4./5. and 6, 1997.

BAU, (Berlin American United e.V.), Berlin, Germany
Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith was appointed Chairman of the organization, BAU, (Berlin American United e.V.)

1997
Black History Month 1997
Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre was a member of the Organizing Committee of Black History Month 1997 in Berlin, Germany.


"Paul Robeson - Portrait Of A Giant"
"Paul Robeson - Portrait Of A Giant" was presented during February in Berlin’s Black History Month 1997.

"Woah Woah"
On the 30th and 31st of March and from 4th to 6th of April the musical "Woah Woah", directed and choreographed by Prof. Griffith, was presented at the Hackesches Hof-Theater in Berlin Mitte.

XII. Black International Cinema Potsdam/Berlin/Cottbus 1997
This year, the festival was opened at the Kinomuseum in Potsdam on April 24., presented in the Hackesche Höfe Filmtheater Berlin, April 25.-27. and continued in Cottbus at the Obenkino, April 29.

Black International Cinema Berlin Anthology
The 4th Black International Cinema Berlin Anthology was published, featuring a historical overview of Black International Cinema Berlin activities from 1986-1995.
Also featured are articles from an international, intercultural group of artists, scholars and journalists

1998
An Aspect Of History 1998
Black History Month Celebration
Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre in association with THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin, African Perspectives, Yobantu Productions and Berlin American United e.V., co-produced and directed "An Aspect Of History 1998".
A four day event consisting of seminars, theatre presentations, dance and video screenings, were offered at the Werkstatt der Kulturen and SEKIS February 26 - March 1.
On a historical note, the first Humanitarian Awards to members of the community were presented in the categories: Artistic Achievements, Milton Irons (USA); Heightening Political Consciousness, Stephania A. A. Evboikuokha (Nigeria); Infrastructure Development/Community Service, IN MEMORIAM: Michael Reichel (Germany) (1963 Berlin - 2017 Berlin); Intellectual & Academic Contributions, IN MEMORIAM. Mahoma Mwaungulu (Tanzania/Malawi) (1932 Tanzania - 2004 Berlin); Intercultural Relationships, Angela Kramer (Germany); "for distinguished service to the community of Berlin, Germany and world civilization."

XIII. Black International Cinema Berlin 1998
The XIII. Black International interdisciplinary, intercultural Film-/Video-Festival Berlin, Cottbus/Germany & USA 1998, presented by Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre at the Werkstatt der Kulturen Berlin, April 16-19, 1998, an international film/video list, theatre, dance productions and seminars were the nucleus of the 1998 Black International Cinema production in Berlin and Cottbus, April 27, 1998, Germany.
"Insanity", an original production directed and authored by Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith and co-authored by Amy Thompson in English at Indiana University South Bend, USA, has been translated into German and was produced and directed by Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith/Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre during the XIII. Black International Cinema Berlin 1998, April 16-19.

1999
An Aspect Of History II, 1999, February 14-28
The second Humanitarian Awards were presented in the categories: Technical & Artistic Excellence, to Brian Denk (Ghana/Germany); Technical & Artistic Excellence, to Donald Muldrow McKinney Griffith II (USA/Germany); Family Support and Development, to Gladys Denk (Ghana/Germany); Cultural & Artistic Achievements, to Mark Headley (Barbados/Germany); Artistic & Intercultural Contributions, to Marion Kramer (Germany) "for distinguished service to the community of Berlin, Germany and world civilization."

XIV. Black International Cinema Berlin/Cottbus, interdisciplinary, intercultural film/video, dance, theatre, music & seminar presentations, Germany & USA 1999
The festival 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 Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin archives of W.E.B. Du Bois, 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.

Kulturbeirat Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Germany
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.

2000
XV. Black International Cinema Film-Video Festival Berlin, Potsdam, Düsseldorf and Cottbus
The festival commenced at Studio Babelsberg in Potsdam on April 8-15 and continued at Brotfabrik in Berlin, April 27 - May 7, at the Auxilium in Düsseldorf, May 12-14 and at Obenkino in Cottbus, June 3. The festival included films/videos, dance, theatre, music, seminar presentations and for the first edition, a photo/poster exhibition of Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre’s history entitled, "Footprints In The Sand?" ExhibitionBerlin.

2001
THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin
THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin 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". The "Classic In Black" project was initiated by Harry Louiserre (Managing Director) and Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith who assumed responsibility for production management.

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." by netzpiloten.de.

XVI. Black International Cinema Berlin, Cottbus, Düsseldorf and Munich
The festival was presented in Berlin at Babylon Filmkunsthaus, May 3-6, in Cottbus at Obenkino, May 13, in Düsseldorf at Black Box Kino in the Filmmuseum, May 25-27 and premiered in Munich at Maxim Kino, June 5-10. THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin was presented on Sundays from 9:15 to 10:00 p.m. Articles were published in English and German.

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

2002
THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program
Berlin/Magdeburg/Wolfsburg/Trier/Kaiserslautern
The year began with the continuation of the television magazine THE COLLEGIUM, Sundays from 9-10 p.m. at the Open Channel Berlin (Offener Kanal Berlin, OKB). THE COLLEGIUM Television Program is also broadcast in the German cities Magdeburg, Wolfsburg, Trier and Kaiserslautern.

"The Mikado" or "The Town of Titipu" by Gilbert & Sullivan.
A musical production in two acts presented by the John-F.-Kennedy-Schule in Berlin, February 1 and 2. Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith/Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre was responsible for the costume concept, choreography, staging and set design, public relations, poster and program design.

XVII. Black International Cinema Berlin/Düsseldorf 2002
The festival was presented at the Klick Filmtheater Berlin, May 2-5. Filmmakers from Israel, Switzerland and the USA were guests during the Black International Cinema premiere in Berlin. The festival was presented in combination with "Footprints In The Sand?" ExhibitionBerlin, a visual documentation exhibition, April 8 - May 5. The exhibition documented activities of the Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre in association with Classic In Black, Jazz Portraits, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy and Cultural Diffusion.
In Düsseldorf, the festival was presented at the Black Box Kino im Filmmuseum, May 23-26.

Global African Diaspora Cinema Symposium 2002 in Salvador/Bahia, Brazil
Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith 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, L.A., sponsored by African Marketplace, Inc. and the Cultural Affairs Department of Los Angeles, California, USA. The symposium occurred December 6-12, 2002 in association with Pan African Film Festival, which was presented within the IV. Mercado Cultural Festival in Salvador/Bahia, Brazil.


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

2003
XVIII. Black International Cinema 2003, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Vienna/Austria, Ljubljana/Slovenia
This year, the festival cooperated 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. "Footprints in the Sand?" ExhibitionBerlin was presented at the Galerie im Klick Filmtheater, Berlin from April 10 during May 18. - Cinema Vic.

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

Global Cinema and Urban Entertainment Conference 2003, Los Angeles, California/USA
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 2003, Los Angeles, California, USA, sponsored by African Marketplace, Inc. and the Cultural Affairs Department of Los Angeles, California, USA.

Dance Theatre Compositions
Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith/Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre produced choreographic works entitled "Funky Sweatpearls present 'Weight Watchers'"(artists: Angela Kramer and Marion Kramer), "Hol' mir mal 'ne Flasche Bier" (artists: Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, Angela Kramer and Marion Kramer), "The Children Of Abraham" (artists: Angela Kramer and Marion Kramer) and "Ode To Bahia" (artists: Marion Kramer and Diane Callies) for presentation on THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin.

"Interactive Mirror - Spiegel Interaktiv"
Cultural Zephyr e.V., under the direction of Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre, and the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy were 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 was scheduled for initial presentation during the XIX. Black International Cinema Berlin 2004 seminar series, May 7-9, 2004.

2004
XIX. Black International Cinema Berlin 2004
The XIX. Black International Cinema Berlin 2004 was presented in cooperation with the Humboldt-Universität zu 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 occurred May 6-9 at the Klick Filmtheater, May 13-16 at the Nickelodeon Kino and the XIX. Black International Cinema Berlin Seminar Series were presented May 7-9 at the Studiobühne of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin/Philosophy Faculty III. "Footprints in the Sand?" ExhibitionBerlin was presented April 14 until May 9 at the Galerie im Klick Filmtheater.

4th Annual Souk Ukaz Festival 2004, Amman, Jordan
An invitation from the African Marketplace, Inc. and the Cultural Affairs Department of the city of Los Angeles, California, USA, 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 was directed toward creating dialog and bringing together Pan-African and Middle Eastern Film and Entertainment professionals.

Fountainhead® Distribution and Arsenal - Institute for Film and Video Art, Berlin/Germany
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
The year began with the continuation of THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin, Sundays from 9-10 p.m.

Anniversaries
2005 marked the anniversaries of Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre (founded Berlin/Germany 1980 / 25 years), Black International Cinema Berlin (founded Berlin/Germany 1986 / 20th edition), THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin (founded Berlin/Germany 1995 / 10 years), Cultural Zephyr e.V. (founded Berlin/Germany 1990 / 15 years) and "Footprints in the Sand?" ExhibitionBerlin (founded Berlin/Germany 2000 / 5 years).

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

"Footprints In the Sand?" ExhibitionBerlin 2005
A visual documentation of a people's efforts and success, as constructive cultural contributions in an international arena. Presentations: Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre and Classic In Black, May 5-8 at the cinema die kurbel.

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 - Forum & Television Program Berlin on September 18, 2005.

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

2006
Odyssey - Photographic Exhibition - Visual Documentation
In 2006 Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre presented an exhibition entitled "Odyssey - Photographic Exhibition - Visual Documentation" including "Footprints in the Sand?" ExhibitionBerlin 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 presenters-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.

"A Berlin Original"
Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre 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., USA / Berlin, Germany 2006
The XXI. Black International Cinema occurred on invitation from and in cooperation with the University of Missouri, St. Louis, Mo./Center for International Studies, USA at the Saint Louis Art Museum from April 22-24 and in Berlin/Germany at the cinema filmkunst 66, May 4-10. "Footprints in the Sand?" ExhibitionBerlin was also presented during the festival at the cinema filmkunst 66.

"Odyssey - Berlin/St. Louis/New York City/Berlin 2006"
A documentary film produced and directed by Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith/Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre entitled "Odyssey - Berlin/St. Louis/New York City/Berlin 2006" 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 Program Berlin during July and was screened internationally.

2007
LADY SADIE Please, pass it on! – A "Dance Theatre Konstruction" in 3 acts
Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith/Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre produced and choreographed A "Dance Theatre Konstruction", an international cooperation, designed to raise awareness intellectually, emotionally and spiritually regarding the devastating effects of violence - internationally, nationally, domestically and personally. This work was created for presentation in the USA, 2007.

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
The documentary film "Pioneering Intercultural Exchange in Berlin", directed by Sadie Wilcox, was sponsored by the University of Michigan/Center for European Studies and the Center for International and Comparative Studies, Ann Arbor, USA regarding the efforts of Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre to utilize art and culture for peaceful purposes. The film was presented in 2007.

MusiKal TheaTre TIME KonsTrucTion - ON AIRE², A Moment in "Time"
Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre, under the direction and choreography of Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, 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.

XXII. Black International Cinema Berlin 2007
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.

"A Complexion Change: Intercultural Dialogue within a Migratory Society"
In November 2007 Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith/Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre produced, directed and moderated 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
XXIII. Black International Cinema Berlin/Germany, Warsaw/Poland & USA 2008
Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre produced and directed the XXIII. Black International Cinema Berlin/Germany, Warsaw/Poland & USA 2008, with film submissions from the USA, Germany, Mali, Iran, Bahrain, India, Canada, Belgium and Senegal. The festival was presented at the Moviemento Cinema, May 8-12 with accompanying seminars.

"A Complexion Change"
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
The third edition 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.

Aspen Cultural Diplomacy Forum USA
An invitation from the Aspen Cultural Diplomacy Forum USA, 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".

2009
Inauguration of President Barack Hussein Obama
Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009, provided an auspicious occasion for a four hour television, internet, radio production by Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith/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 at the Offener Kanal Berlin (Open Channel Berlin).

XXIV. Black International Cinema Berlin 2009
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 USA, Iran, India, Togo, Senegal, Belgium, Germany, United Kingdom, Colombia, Spain, Nicaragua, Switzerland, Italy and Madagascar. In addition, seminars and readings were presented.

Presentation of the FreiwilligenPässe (Volunteer Certificate Award) by the Berlin Senate, Berlin/Germany
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.

"CrossKultur 2009"
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.

2010
THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin continued the path of cinema, state of affairs and artistic presentations on a weekly basis of Sundays, 7-8 p.m., Thursdays 10-11 p.m.

A COMPLEXION CHANGE - Slices of Life /Personal Vignettes
Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre produced and directed two special editions of THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin under the theme of "A COMPLEXION CHANGE - Slices of Life - Personal Vignettes", January 17 and February 21, 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.

XXV. Black International Cinema Berlin 2010
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 USA, Iran, Iraq, Australia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Senegal, Denmark, Germany, Colombia, Spain, Austria und Canada. In addition, film discussions, performances, readings and seminars were presented.

"Footprints in the Sand?" ExhibitionBerlin Foyer Rathaus Schöneberg (city hall district Schöneberg), Berlin/Germany
The photographic exhibition and visual documentation "Footprints in the Sand?" ExhibitionBerlin was presented by Fountainhead® 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, USA in association with International Artists.

"CrossKultur 2010"
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 p.m., Mondays from 3.45-4.45 p.m., Thursdays from 10-11 p.m. and Saturdays from 10-11 a.m. at Alex-Offener Kanal Berlin (Alex - Open Channel Berlin) and additionally in Magdeburg, Wolfsburg and Dessau.

2011
XXVI. Black International Cinema Berlin 2011
The XXVI. Black International Cinema Berlin 2011, under the production and direction of Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, 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). 40 cinematic contributions were presented in the program, among them productions from Jamaica, the USA, France, Mali, Australia, the 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/USA, Matthew Frazier, Memphis, TN/USA.

Creative Arts World Summit, Aspen Institute‘s Global Initiative on Culture and Society, Nov. 28-30, 2011, Royal Opera House of Muscat, Oman
Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith was invited by the Aspen Institute to moderate a panel discussion regarding story telling at the Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman, during the inaugural Creative Arts World Summit, presented by the Aspen Institute's Global Initiative on Culture and Society, Nov. 28-30, 2011, in partnership with the Royal Opera House of Muscat. A documentary montage of photography, film and music was produced by Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre under the production and direction of Donald Muldrow Griffith, based upon this invitational experience.

"CrossKultur 2011"
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.

2012
XXVII. Black International Cinema Berlin 2012
For the 27th time, Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith/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 Rathaus Schöneberg (city hall) in Berlin. 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 USA, 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?" ExhibitionBerlin 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/USA

THE COLLEGIUM- Forum & Television Program Berlin continued its telecast every Thursday and Saturday from 9-10 a.m. and Monday from 1-2 a.m. at Alex - Offener Kanal Berlin (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).


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2013
A Portrait of Roswitha Günther
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 - Offener Kanal Berlin (Alex - Open Channel Berlin). The film premiered during the XXVIII. Black International Cinema Berlin 2013 presentations.

XXVIII. Black International Cinema Berlin 2013
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, the USA, Spain, Germany, South Sudan, Italy, Mexico, Canada, Iraq, the 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?" ExhibitionBerlin 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 - USA, Levi Frazier, Jr. - USA, 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.

German Prize for Civic Engagement 2013
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.

"CrossKultur 2013"
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, under the production and direction of Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, 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.

2014
XXIX. 2014 Black International Cinema Berlin / "Footprints in the Sand?" Exhibition 2014
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?" ExhibitionBerlin 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, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Argentina, Iran, the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Guinea Bissau, Cuba, the USA, Israel, Thailand, Iraq, Madagascar, Colombia, Togo and Canada.

"A Light from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - Amazing Graze"
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.

"A Theatre Journey with Ricky Reiser and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."
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?" ExhibitionBerlin 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 - USA, 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 ceremony was the presentation of an updated version of the film "A Day in the Life...? And a child will lead the way...".

German Prize for Civic Engagement 2014
Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, founder, producer, director, publisher, curator and 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.

Library of the Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen, Berlin/Germany
Historical documents from Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre, Black International Cinema Berlin, THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin and "Footprints in the Sand?" Exhibition (1980-2019), 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

Integration Prize 2014 from the Berlin district Tempelhof-Schöneberg
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.

"Screening-2014" – Medienwerkstatt 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.

2015
Walking the Spirit Tour - Berlin, Germany, March 19, 2015
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 USA: 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-Universiät zu Berlin was our next destination and the travel concluded at Alex - Offener Kanal Berlin (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.

XXX. 2015 Black International Cinema Berlin / "Footprints in the Sand?" ExhibitionBerlin 2015/2016
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?" ExhibitionBerlin 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 USA.

Anniversaries
2015 marked 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?" ExhibitionBerlin and 25 years of Cultural Zephyr e.V.

Alternativer Medienpreis 2015 (Alternative Media Award 2015)
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.

EFFE Label 2015-2016 (Europe for Festivals/Festivals for Europe)
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).

"Footprints in the Sand?" ExhibitionBerlin 2015-2016
The visual documentation and photographic exhibition "Footprints in the Sand?", under the production, direction and curation of Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith/Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre, was 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/USA; James V. Burks, African Marketplace & Cultural Faire, City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs/USA; 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 and we are prevented from becoming "Footprints in the Sand?".

"Screening 2015" - Medienwerkstatt Berlin/Germany
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 is dedicated to Chancellor Angela Merkel and her granting of permission to the opening of German borders for the "newcomers".
The film description is 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

"UNITY THROUGH DIVERSITY?"
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.

2016
XXXI. 2016 Black International Cinema Berlin / "Footprints in the Sand?" ExhibitionBerlin 2015/2016
In 2016, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre presented under the production and direction of Prof. Donald Muldrow 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.

THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin at BERLINER LISTE 2016
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 a production of THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin from June 19, 2016, including a conversation with Sandra Becker, video artist and co-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.

"Aktiv für Demokratie und Toleranz 2016" (Active for Democracy and Tolerance 2016)
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.

IYGU (International Year of Global Understanding)
In December 2016 THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin was welcomed as a new IYGU partner (International Year of Global Understanding): "THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin, under the direction of Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, an hour length intercultural, international diplomacy and interdisciplinary television magazine program presenting cinema, state of affairs and arts calendar. It provides a forum for persons of various national, cultural, ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds with an opportunity to present their perspectives to a diverse and interested audience. The IYGU congratulates THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin 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."

2017
Arts and Society
Mémoire de l’Avenir (MDA), The International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU), UNESCO-MOST, le Conseil International de la Philosophie et des Sciences Humaines (CIPSH) announced the opening of the platform Arts and Society. Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith was invited to participate in the Arts and Society platform with a 90 sec. video addressing the principles of the Arts and Society project, a Global Movement of artists which testify to the impact of the arts and creative projects in societies, indicating the significance of local initiatives on a global basis. The video was accepted and awarded a page within the newly developed Arts and Society website and program. https://humanitiesartsandsociety.org/artistes/donald-muldrow-griffith/

EFFE Label 2017-2018 (Europe for Festivals/Festivals for Europe)
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 2017-2018 (Europe for Festivals/Festivals for Europe).

XXXII. 2017 Black International Cinema Berlin - "Footprints in the Sand?" ExhibitionBerlin 2017
From May 12-14, 2017 Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre presented under the production and direction of Professor Donald Muldrow Griffith, the 32nd edition of the annual festival Black International Cinema Berlin. The event occurred for the 2nd time at the Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte, Robert-Havemann-Saal (House of Democracy and Human Rights, Robert-Havemann-Hall) and took place under the title A COMPLEXION CHANGE - "I know a way exists...".
With its theme, the festival addressed a historical sharing of human contributions to and within many world societies. "I know a way exists..." seeked to contribute constructive approaches to these historical developments, while also creating peaceful means toward each society's adaptation to their new worlds.
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, Ethiopia, Italy, the USA, Germany, Brazil, France, Slovenia, Austria, Pakistan, Madagascar, Belgium, Portugal und Colombia.
The visual presentation "Footprints in the Sand?" ExhibitionBerlin 2017, Ricky's book stand with more than 200 works from international Black authors and two seminars entitled "So, you wanna make a documentary?" by Prof. Ken Wyatt and "Is Donald Trump the Thilo Sarrazin of the USA?" by Alinka Seth addressed "I know a way exists..." through literature, artistic expression and thought provoking discourse.

"Active for Democracy and Tolerance 2016" Award
On June 19, 2017, the award as an exemplary project of the "Active for Democracy and Tolerance 2016" competition was presented to THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin by the Bündnis für Demokratie und Toleranz (Alliance for Democracy and Tolerance) during the award ceremony at the Rotes Rathaus (city hall), Berlin/Germany.

Jazz Radio Berlin, Germany
Jazz Radio Berlin, under the direction of general manager, Mr. Julian Allitt, congratulated Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre and its Director, Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith for receiving a very Special Award from the Alliance for Democracy and Tolerance, for Prof. Griffith's and his colleagues' commitment to promote outstanding relations within the community, through their TV program THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin.

"Toward the Sun, to Germany", Sungmisan School meets Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre
Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre was visited by students and teachers from the Sungmisan School, South Korea, as part of their educational expedition to Germany, on August 22, 2017, at the Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre bureau, Mehringhof, Berlin/Germany.

Worldwide Reading for Human Rights
Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre was invited by American Voices Abroad (AVA), Berlin, to participate in the Worldwide Reading for Human Rights, September 6, 7:00 p.m., at the CIEE Global Insitute in Berlin. AVA responded to the call of the International Literature Festival to participate in a worldwide reading of the Universal Decleration of Human Rights. Among the many readings in Berlin, this was the only one in English. The purpose of these readings is to reignite and strengthen the concept of human rights in the world today. The readers from Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre were Angela Kramer, Marion Kramer and Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith.

2018
XXXIII. 2018 Black International Cinema Berlin / "Footprints in the Sand?" ExhibitionBerlin 2018
From May 11-13, 2018 Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre presented under the production and direction of Professor Donald Muldrow Griffith, the 33rd edition of the annual festival Black International Cinema Berlin. The event occurred for the 3rd time at the Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte, Robert-Havemann-Saal (House of Democracy and Human Rights, Robert-Havemann-Hall).
The festival's leitmotiv was inititated with "I Wonder...?" and later raises questions which address a wide range of socially relevant issues, with the complex question, "What do we learn from the past and present for today and the future?"


A COMPLEXION CHANGE
Past - Present - Future


I Wonder...?

What
we and they

Might, will
learn

From our
or
their
past-present?

For now
and
tomorrows...?

And

What, When and If...?

Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith

 

During the festival, films from Africa, the African Diaspora and contributions with intercultural and international themes were presented. The films, including short and long narratives, documentaries and experimentals arrived from Belgium, the USA, Germany, Sierra Leone, Madagascar, Switzerland and Senegal.
The visual presentation "Footprints in the Sand?" ExhibitionBerlin 2018, Ricky's book stand with more than 200 works from international Black authors, the seminar entitled "The future of our world – Perspectives from Pope Franziskus, the CIA and others" by Dr. Sabine Grund as well as the festival brochure addressed "I Wonder...?" through literature, artistic expression and thought provoking discourse.

"Screening 2018" - Medienwerkstatt Berlin/Germany
With the video production "Yesterday – Here ? | Today – Away", produced and directed by Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre participated on November 8, 2018, in the yearly screening of the Medienwerkstatt Berlin at Cinema Central in Berlin, Germany. The "Screening 2018" occurred from November 5-9, 2018, daily from 5.00 - 6.00 p.m. The production by Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre was dedicated to persons formerly living, who made transitions into another existence, but their contributions remain. Among them May Ayim, Lt. Col. Howard L. Baugh (Tuskegee Airmen), Earl Bostic, Michael Reichel, Mahoma Mwaungulu, Robert "Bob" Harrell ("Talk of the Town"), Michael Clifton, Roswitha and Jimmy Günther, Rudolf "Rudy" Stevenson, Oscar Brown Jr., Calvann Cole, Lou Blackburn, Carnell Lyons, Oliver "Ollie" Harrington, Damon Pearce, Bruce Hawkins, Tom Cuson, Nana Shineflug, Tod Jackson and Robert Abbott Sengstacke.

"CrossKultur 2018"
In 2018, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre was invited by the Commissioner for Integration of the district Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Berlin, Dr. Lisa Rüter, to participate in the presentation of the project "CrossKultur 2018", a series of productions from the district office of Tempelhof-Schöneberg. Under the production, direction and moderation of Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre presented the program "Remembrance = Present – Future? Was = Is – Will be perhaps? CrossKultur – An Evening with Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre and Guests. 'CrossKultur': Perspectives in Comparison. Films and Discussion." The production occurred on December 8, 2018 at the cinema of the Rathaus Schöneberg (city hall). Guests were MFA Kera, Musician/Composer/Black Heritage, Berlin/Madagascar; Mike Russell, Musician/Composer/Black Heritage, Berlin/USA; Bernd Leideritz, Filmmaker, Berlin and Alinka Seth, Human Rights Activist, Berlin. Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre participated for the fifth time.
A television production based upon "Remembrance = Present – Future? Was = Is – Will be perhaps? CrossKultur – An Evening with Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre and Guests. 'CrossKultur': Perspectives in Comparison. Films and Discussion" was directed and moderated by Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith for THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin to be presented at the television station Alex - Offener Kanal Berlin (Alex - Open Channel Berlin). The film includes the discussion panel, the Alex information trailer, an excerpt from "What's wrong with this picture?" A Conversation with Oscar Brown Jr, Direction/Moderation: Prof Donald Muldrow Griffith, Germany 1998, and Jazz Radio, congratulating Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith and Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre for the Award from Bündnis für Demokratie und Toleranz (Association for Democracy and Tolerance).

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 arts festivals and honored by receiving the EFFE Label 2019-2021 (Europe for Festivals/Festivals for Europe).

2019
XXXIV. 2019 Black International Cinema Berlin / "Footprints in the Sand?" ExhibitionBerlin 2019
From May 9 to 12, 2019, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre, under the direction of Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith and the patronage of the German UNESCO Commission, presented the 34th edition of the transnational, intercultural and interdisciplinary festival Black International Cinema Berlin. Under the title "Descending before Ascending..." films by international independent filmmakers from Africa, the African Diaspora as well as contributions with socio-cultural and intercultural topics were presented in the cinema of the Rathaus Schöneberg (city hall). This year, the films arrived from Ghana, Germany, Canada, the USA, Italy, Madagascar, Iran, France, Hungary, Colombia, Namibia, Cuba, Israel and Rwanda. Also part of the program was the seminar "Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome", which was led by Prof. Susan Watson Turner from the USA. The visual documentation and photographic exhibition "Footprints in the Sand?" ExhibitionBerlin complemented the festival and was also presented at the Rathaus Schöneberg from May 1 to July 31, 2019. The event was held in cooperation with the Commissioner for Integration of the Berlin district Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Dr. Lisa Rüter.
Following the festival, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre produced a 2-hour program for THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin with impressions of the event, including the opening ceremony and an interview with festival guests Prof. Susan Watson Turner / filmmaker, USA; Richard Best / We Belong Network, USA and Michael Watts / Veteran, USA/Berlin. The interview was moderated by Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith.

THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin
On August 18, 2019, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre produced a live edition of the intercultural magazine THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin, which is broadcast four times a week on the Berlin television channel Alex - Offener Kanal Berlin (Alex - Open Channel Berlin).
In addition to film presentations by William Greaves ("Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice") and Naomi Beukes, Jana von Hase and Birgit Stauber ("The Wind on Your Skin") as well as a text presentation regarding the noted feminist Audre Lorde, the producer and director of the program, Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, presented a conversation with filmmaker Naomi Beukes. This live production may also be witnessed on the Youtube channel of the THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin at www.youtube.com/user/thecollegium.

Quartiermeister Funding
"Quartiermeister is a Berlin beer brand, consisting of a social enterprise and an association. While the enterprise assumes responsibility for selling and merchandising the beer, the association is responsible for the allocation of funding and regulates the business operation. For every liter sold we donate 10 cents to local community projects." (text by Quartiermeister). Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre/Black International Cinema Berlin applied for funding and was nominated to participate in the online voting process by Quartiermeister association.

"Screening 2019" - Medienwerkstatt Berlin/Germany
Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre participated in the yearly screening at Cinema Central in Berlin/Germany. The Medienwerkstatt Berlin presented during their "Screening 2019" under the theme "Backlight" from November 4-8, 2019, daily from 5.00-6.00 p.m., videos and soundtracks from international artists, which had been produced at or in association with the Medienwerkstatt. On November 5, 2019, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre, under the production and direction of Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, presented a production of THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin, entitled "Descending/Ascending, II", a visual collage of film, text presentation and interview dedicated to the strength, discipline, decision and hope of women in realizing their determination to establish a realization of humankind, the basis for Women and Men!

2020
THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin
The production of the television magazine THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin continues in 2020 and is broadcast four times a week on citizen television Alex - Offener Kanal Berlin (Alex - Open Channel Berlin). In addition to Berlin, the program can also be viewed in Wolfsburg, Magdeburg and Dessau, as well as internationally via live stream and excerpts on our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/thecollegium) and in Portland/Oregon/USA.

XXXV. 2020 Black International Cinema Berlin / “Footprints in the Sand?” ExhibitionBerlin 2020
From October 15 to 19, 2020, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre, under the direction of Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, with the support of the Berlin Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa and under the patronage of the German Commission for UNESCO, presented the 35th edition of the transnational, intercultural and interdisciplinary festival Black International Cinema Berlin. With the motto "Despite All...? Challenges...? Yes! Obstacles...? No! Accomplishments...? Yes! Despite All...!", this year, the festival's film contributions were broadcast via television and live stream in cooperation with THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin and “Footprints in the Sand?” ExhibitionBerlin on the television station Alex - Offener Kanal Berlin (Alex - Open Channel Berlin) (alex-berlin.de/tv/livestream.html). A special festival edition of the television magazine THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin was broadcast live on December 17th, 2020.


AWARDS:

1988
Best Picture of 1988
The films produced by Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre "A Man Without Limits" and "I Dream A World" were awarded best picture of 1988 by the Polish Commission for Film Arts.

1989
Berlin Appreciation Day in Chicago USA
"The citizens of Berlin are hereby declared as honorary citizens of Chicago III." The mayor also expressed appreciation to Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre and the citizens of Berlin for providing opportunities for Chicago artists to perform abroad, declared November 13, 1989 as Berlin Appreciation Day in Chicago, III.

1989
Certificate of Appreciation
"The Chicago Moving Company", presented two awards to Gayle McKinney Griffith and Donald Muldrow Griffith. A Certificate of Appreciation to Gayle McKinney Griffith for recognition of outstanding contributions in the field of dance and to Donald Muldrow Griffith a Certificate of Appreciation for promoting world unity through international artistic presentations.

1989
Artistic Award for Excellence & Special Judge's Award
An Award for Artistic Excellence was presented for "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf" to Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith/Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre . In November of the same year, Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith/Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre was awarded the "Special Judge's Award" for best choreography in the European-wide tournament of plays by the U.S. Army for their unique creation.

2000
Award for "A Highly Recommended Cultural Website"
The Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre/Black International Cinema Berlin/THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin/Cultural Zephyr e.V. website, www.fountainhead-tanz-theatre.de, was presented an award for "A Highly Recommended Cultural Website." by Netzpiloten.de.

2001
"Associated Projects to the UNESCO Slave Route Project"
Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre/Black International Cinema Berlin has been granted the status of "Associated Projects to the UNESCO Slave Route Project".

2003
Certificate On Exemplary and Imitative Civil Society Engagement
In 2013 Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre was awarded a certificate from the Alliance for Democracy and Tolerance, Berlin/Germany, within the project "Active for Democracy and Tolerance".

2013/2014
Nomination for the German Prize for Civic Engagement 2013/2014
Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, founder, producer and director of Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre, Black International Cinema Berlin, THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin, "Footprints in the Sand?" ExhibitionBerlin and Cultural Zephyr e.V., was nominated for the German Prize for Civic Engagement 2013 and 2014. The German Prize for Civic Engagement aims at strengthening the recognition of citizen engagement in Germany, as well as increasing its visibility.

2014
Integration Prize 2014, Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Berlin/Germany
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.

2015
Alternativer Medienpreis 2015 (Alternative Media Award)
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.

2015-2021
EFFE Label (Europe for Festivals/Festivals for Europe)
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 art festivals and honored by receiving the EFFE Label 2015-2016, 2017-2018 and 2019-2021 (Europe for Festivals/Festivals for Europe).

2016
Active for Democracy and Tolerance 2016 Award
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.


ARCHIVAL WORKS:

Anthologies and publications from the Black International Cinema Berlin film festivals have been published in the languages English, German and French. Contributors to these anthologies are filmmakers, film critics, historians, scholars, psychologists and other writers from Africa, North America, the Caribbean, Asia and Europe. These widely acclaimed works have been requested and presented to academic institutions, embassies, libraries, political and cultural organizations in Berlin and throughout the world. The following institutions have obtained these documents for their archives:

Indiana University South Bend, USA
Michigan State University, East Lansing Michigan, USA
Emory College, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Tufts University, Massachusetts, USA
The Trans African Organization in the USA
Burkina Faso Film Festival, Africa
African National Congress, South Africa
Arsenal, Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V., Berlin (Institute for Film and Video Art, Berlin)
Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen, Berlin
(German Cinematheque - Museum of Film and Television, Berlin)
The office of the mayor of Berlin
Technical and Free University, Berlin
Berlin University of the Arts
Migration and Integration Commissioner, Berlin (formerly Foreigners Representative of Berlin)
Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, RBB (formerly Sender Freies Berlin, SFB)
Centre National De La Cinematographie, Paris, France
Schomburg Library, New York, USA
Wayne State University, Detroit, USA
British Film Institute, London, UK
John-F.-Kennedy-Institut, Berlin
The Juilliard School, New York, USA
Northern Indiana Historical Society, USA
University of the West Indies
Amerika-Gedenkbibliothek, Berlin (American Memorial Library, Berlin)
John-F.-Kennedy-School, Berlin
Regional Centre for Intercultural Projects (RAA)
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Hauptbibliothek Bezirksamt Tempelhof, Berlin (currently Bezirkszentralbibliothek/District Central Library)

This is a partial list.

Juanita Nuñez

 

Fountainhead Tanz Theatre 1980

Origins

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

 

MOTTOS:

"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 Hussein Obama

"YES, WE CAN AND YES, WE BETTER...!"
Barack Hussein Obama and Donald Muldrow Griffith

 

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