Full Circle Dance Company, under direction of Donna L. Jacobs, is a multiethnic professional ensemble that performs exciting choreography from a variety of modern dance traditions. Based in Baltimore, the company draws on the diverse backgrounds of its dancers and works in a collaborative spirit to bring technically stunning and emotionally challenging dance to a wide audience.
Full Circle has built a strong body of work that tackles challenging thematic topics. In 2006, Full Circle embarked on a year-long exploration of race and discrimination titled Borders Uncrossed. This challenging project brought together local and visiting choreographers, dancers, and non-dancers for an honest investigation of the entrenched ideas that affect our perceptions of each other. Sacred Body was created in 2008 to encourage discussion about spirituality and religion: how and why people pray, religion as a source of conflict within our families and across communities, and how faith can provide support for the suffering and unite as well as divide. In 2009, Full Circle produced The Unconscious: Dreams and Fears, an intensive choreographic crucible that examined diverse aspects of the mind and invited members of the community to participate in the artistic journey. Marking the company’s 10th anniversary year, Full Circle set out to challenge its audience to think in new ways about water’s place in our world. Debuting in February 2010, Aqueous: Awakening Our Connections to Water explored water’s impact on our lives, from the devastation of its absence to the solace it can bring to one’s soul. And In 2011, Full Circle tackled the sensitivity, humor, candor, and angst over the topic of body image in B.A.R.E: Bodies, Attitudes, Reflections, Exposed. This concert involved considerable input from the community, imagery, and text that all convey the many personal, social, and media-driven perceptions of the body. Full Circle’s 2012 and 2013 productions were part of a two-part series, Moving Passages: Dances Inspired by Writing. Moving Passages featured new choreography inspired by writing of the past and present, from famous sonnets to twitter feeds. The first 2014 performance of Impulse: Responses to Music, Rhythm, and Sound reflected months of exploration into the age-old question asked every concert: “What came first? The movement? Or the music?” The fall 2014 performance of Bloodlines: Upheaval and Peace was a thought-provoking journey through family issues—both contemporary and timeless—and the marks they leave on all of us. Fight and Flight was a special performance commemorating 15 Years, and also served as a benefit for the Baltimore City Cancer Program, raising funds for underinsured and uninsured women undergoing breast cancer treatment.
Full Circle Dance Company has performed locally at the Hippodrome Theater and Lyric Opera House, Artscape, Baltimore Theatre Project, the Baltimore Museum of Art Exhibit Expressions series, and by invitation at the annual Maryland Council of Dance Festival Concert. The company has also performed by invitation at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, the Broadway Dance Center's Choreographers Performance Outlet in New York, the Music City Arts Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, Dance Place and Joy of Motion Dance Center in Washington, D.C., Grace Street Theater in Richmond, VA as part of the K Dance Yes! Virginia Dance invitational and Starr Foster’s Annual Richmond Choreographer’s Showcase, Dogwood Dance Theatre in Richmond, VA for the en Route! Touring Dance Project, the Atlas Performing Arts Center as part of the annual INTERSECTIONS Festival in D.C., the annual INERTIA Dance Concert at Towson University, the annual AKIMBO Artwalk in Baltimore, and the Tempe Center for the Arts for the Breaking Ground Choreographer’s Showcase in Tempe, Arizona.
Full Circle is the company in residence at Morton Street Dance Center, Inc. The important partnership between the school and company creates opportunities for professional dancers to share their knowledge with young dancers in training.