English Version / Deutsche Version

Transnational and Intercultural Diplomacy

Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre

Photographic Exhibition - Visual Documentation

July 1 - August 31, 2011
Vernissage, July 1st, 7 pm

Rathaus Schöneberg (city hall) foyer
John-F.-Kennedy-Platz, 10825 Berlin-Schöneberg


"Footprints in the Sand?" 2011 - Photographs by Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre
"Footprints in the Sand?" 2011 - Photographs by Michael Jurisch
"Footprints in the Sand?" 2011 - Photographs by Mattias Jurisch
"Footprints in the Sand?" 2010 - Photographs by Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre

Exhibition description

The exhibition documents the history of
Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre

in association with
Gabriela Rosa da Silva, Paris/France
Andrea Brehme, Berlin/Germany
Regina Gerschke, Berlin/Germany
Michael Jurisch, Berlin/Germany
Lonnie Braxton, New London, CT/USA
Karen D. Brame El-Amin, Dayton, OH/USA
Matthew Frazier, Memphis, TN/USA

& International Artists

Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre was founded by Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, Prof. Gayle McKinney Griffith, 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 and publications.
This 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?".


The lessons of history arrive in the form of personal experiences, books, media presentations, paintings, architecture and so on.

How these materials are interpreted and perhaps, through the ages, re-interpreted assuming the information is included, varies according to the group or the individual perspective, interests, socio-economic influences and opportunities.

As we pass through the formal educational process, we are informed of histories; others and ours.

It generally requires an enlightened mentor or parent to point out what is overlooked in the presentation of history, so earnestly injected into our academic and formative education.

Many years ago, as this awareness of history's exceptions were realized, my parents, John Willis Griffith, Edith Paulina Griffith, and my mentor, Oscar Brown Jr., pointed out the necessity for assuming responsibility and making sacrifices necessary to enlighten shadows and fill empty historical spaces.

So, the development of information, awareness, heightened sensibility and maturation leads to inevitable conclusions.

Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre from inception in 1980, remains an initiative and institution for the documentation and preservation of the existence and contributions of individuals and groups, to the societies in which they and we reside.

We are participants in the process of embedding in memories and stone, what previously might have been, "Footprints in the Sand?".

Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith
Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre
Berlin Germany 2010



"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 Obama


Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre
The Collegium - Forum & Television Program
Fountainhead® Distribution - Film & Anthologies
Classic In Black
Portraits and Poems


Transnational and Intercultural Diplomacy

Black International Cinema Berlin

Germany & U.S.A.

MAY 4 - 8, 2011

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"Footprints in the Sand?"