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A guardrail “barrier” located between the towns of Brentwood and North Brentwood geographically divides the community, separating the demographics of people - one side historically Caucasian and the other historically African American. Erected by the town of Brentwood around 1957, the guardrail still stands today. 

THE BARRIER PROJECT by Orange Grove Dance is a part of the Mapping Racism Project. Months of field work and conversations with residents of the historic neighborhood of North Brentwood, Maryland, led THE BARRIER PROJECT to become a multi-location site-specific dance and design performance that traversed audiences through the town in May of 2019. The work started with a sound and projection design installation at the historic Sis's Tavern and then traversed the streets of North Brentwood to the guardrail barrier still standing between the two towns. The performance used wireless headsets, giving audiences an intimate glimpse of the community voices and natural sounds that make up the historic neighborhood and site. 

The Barrier Project Video


2019, North Brentwood 

Direction & Choreography

Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves

in collaboration with performers


Juliana Pongutá Forero

Colette Krogol

Chris Law

Shanice Mason

Matt Reeves

Nicole Sneed


Stage Manager

Tori Ujczo

Projection & Sound Design

Matt Reeves


Voices of the North Brentwood Community

Mr. Arthur J. Dock

Stuart Eisenberg

Una Palmer

Mayor Petrella Robinson

Denise Thomas

**Alongside voices from a 1994 interview with North Brentwood residents graciously shared by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

Thanks to Chris Law and Ama Law for their vital role within the creation of this work. Through important conversations and a dedication to this project they helped bring this work to life.

Special Thanks

Joe’s Movement Emporium, Brooke Kidd, Neena Narayanan, Andre Mazelin, Mayor Petrella Robinson, Stuart Eisenberg, PGAAMCC, Jake Rollow, Ryan Craun, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and Gustavo



A partnership between Hyattsville Community Development Corporation and Joe’s Movement Emporium


Community Collaborators:

Cities of Hyattsville & North Brentwood Prince George’s African-American Musuem & Cultural Center Pyramid Atlantic


Support for Mapping Racism comes from:

MID-ATLANTIC ARTS FOUNDATION: Cross-Sector Arts Grant City of Hyattsville

Prince George’s Arts & Humanities Council

Prince George’s County Council Member, Deni Taveras

Long & Foster Real Estate Broker, Ann Barrett

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