"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

Prof. Gayle McKinney Griffith
Prof. Gayle McKinney Griffith
Co-founder/director of Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre/Black International Cinema Berlin/
THE COLLEGIUM- Forum & Television Program Berlin/
"Footprints in the Sand?" Exhibition & Cultural Zephyr e.V.

Tanaquil LeClercq, Western Symphony
"Thank you for your contributions to the world of Ballett
and The Dance Theatre of Harlem."
Prof. Gayle McKinney Griffith

Maya Angelou

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Louis Armstrong

Ray Charles

Eb Davis

George Washington Carver

Marlen Neske and Prof. Gayle McKinney Griffith

Khadija Tarjan McKinney Griffith

Donald Muldrow McKinney Griffith II

The Berlin Black History Month Committee, December 1996

Fountainhead Tanz Théâtre
Indiana University South Bend (IUSB)


Directed and Choreographed by Fountainhead Tanz Théâtre
Abstract Expressionist-Action Painter, Prof. Anthony Droege

painting: Anthony Droege
Marcia Heintzberger



The Interfacing of Artistic Disciplines

"Discipline -- a branch of learning."
"Art -- the use of the imagination to make things of aesthetic significance."

New Webster's Dictionary & Thesaurus


The combination of artistic performance is based upon the principle of the interrelationship of all human expression.

The aspirations of the Arts are the constant improvement of technique, analytical and enlightened perspectives, but above all, these manifestations of human expression (Arts) serve, support, inspire, and enrich Humankind.

The "oneness" of the human race, therefore, defines the oneness or, hence, relationship of all "Arts" to each other and the source from which these manifestations of the human experience merge.

The premise, therefore, of our on-stage expression is each action is an integral part of the whole.

The Dance, Music, Lights, Costumes, Painting, etc., all interrelate and are interdependent.

The painting, dance and on-stage activity occur simultaneously. The sights, sounds and expression of dance and painting are heightened by the conscious awareness of each other's presence and activities. These stimuli encourage, support and heighten the performer's experience, hence, expanding the scope for increased realization of a performer's potential, thereby advancing the Art, the Artist, and the Audience's experiences.

Some might refer to this approach as "post-modernism:" and/or "demystification." We simply see this expression as a furthering of Community and, hence, Democratic values.

Profs. Donald Muldrow Griffith, Gayle McKinney Griffith
Fountainhead Tanz Théâtre / IUSB Dance

Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, Prof. Gayle McKinney Griffith
Donald Muldrow McKinney Griffith II, Khadija Tarjan McKinney Griffith
(Indiana University South Bend, U.S.A.)


"Fine Arts is that in which the hand,
the head and the heart of 'humankind' go together."

John Ruskin



painting: Anthony Droege
Marcia Heintzberger


I am on stage painting during the entire dance performance. The dance and painting are mutually inspirational to all the performers. It is a collaboration, and it is a living collaboration. The longer we work together, the more the process organically develops. As the painter, watching the dancers and listening to the music moves me and initiates ideas spontaneously. On a more profound level, studying dance itself has had a wonderful effect on my painting. I do not believe in a separation between mind and body, and the discipline of dance promotes the flow of ideas and emotions. This flow manifests itself not only when I am painting but at many, if not all, other times, too. An artist of dancer, for that matter, contemplates both the benefits of the discipline in a strictly personal way for himself or herself as well as the effect or role of the created work in the world.

Performing with the dancers has revealed to me another aspect of my nature as a painter. I am not one to sit still, have always loved to dance, and always sensed the desire to paint freely. But I never knew I could perform with emotional involvement as an abstract painter. Movement and music have provided the key. The Griffiths and I see many exciting possibilities for not only the development of the present collaboration but for including more types of artistic expression. We are not only expanded as artists but see performances which are both exciting and mind expanding. Collaborations allow insights into disciplines which sometimes are closed to us when seen independently.

Prof. Anthony Droege


Marcia Heintzberger, Fountainhead Tanz Theatre
Fountainhead Tanz Théâtre
Berlin/Germany & U.S.A.


A Gentleman & Scholar
Dr. Themba Kadalie
Dr. Themba Kadalie


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