Parallel Destinies

Germaine Ingram



Germaine Ingram performs in Parallel Destinies. Courtesy of James Wasserman.

Parallel Destinies, a multidisciplinary project involving original music, choreography, and visual environment, commemorated the nine Africans enslaved in George Washington's house during his presidency. A 2010 Pew Fellow and veteran of the jazz tap scene, as well as a public interest attorney and education reform advocate, Ingram has performed with celebrated tap artists such as Gregory Hines and Buster Brown, and practiced under the mentorship of Philadelphia tap legend, the late LaVaughn Robinson, for over two decades. Ingram's collaborators were jazz composer/saxophonist and Pew Fellow Bobby Zankel and photographer/printmaker John Dowell. Their work began shortly after an excavation of the President's House site occurred, stimulated by prolonged public discussion about how this national and local history should be commemorated. The three artists explored how art in general and African diaspora traditions in particular can offer distinct means of imagining the meanings of the site and the people who lived there. The culminating performance included technical and moving image design by Pew Fellow Jorge Cousineau.