On Saturday, November 7, Flushing Town Hall will celebrate the Festival of Lights with its sixth annual Diwali Festival–reimagined as a FREE virtual event. Our virtual celebration mixes live and pre-recorded content and opens with footage of a home traditionally decorated for Diwali and an explanation of the holiday and traditional foods. Then Nupur Arora, owner of Queens Curry Kitchen, will demonstrate mouth-watering authentic Indian dishes with ingredients that you can find at your local grocer, including aloo gobhi (spiced potato and cauliflower), tikka marsala sauce for chicken or tofu, and chai tea. Then move the furniture and get ready to move as master Indian dancer Abha B. Roy and the Srijan Dance Center shows you traditional, folk and Bollywood dance moves. Once you are warmed up, keep moving as DJ Rekha spins the music for a Bhangra dance party.
Mark DeGarmo Dance broadcasts its first Virtual International Arts (VIA) Festival for Social Change: 138 artists and scholars from 18 countries present artist-scholar works, October 27-29, 2020 at 7PM Eastern Time on Zoom.
Tuesday, October 27: Cutting Edge Global Video Series (Curated from Melbourne)
Wednesday, October 28: El Grupo Folklórico P'urhépecha (Indigenous Dance from Mexico)
Thursday, October 29: MDD’s Virtual Salon Performance Series (Emerging Dance from the U.S.)
Performances begin promptly at 7PM Eastern Time (Portal opens 6:30PM) on Mark DeGarmo Dance Zoom*
1 donation = 1 ticket for 1 evening. When making a donation via PayPal or Venmo, please indicate which night you plan to attend. If you'd like to attend more than one night, please make a separate donation.
*Zoom Link will be sent to attendees at 5PM Eastern Time the date of the performance. If a donation is made after that time, MDD staff will send the link via email as soon as possible.
Mark DeGarmo Dance welcomes 138 artists and scholars from 18 countries and 12 of 24 time zones to present their original works in its Virtual International Arts Festival (VIA) for Social Change held on Zoom on Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday October 27, 28, and 29, 2020 at 7PM Eastern Time. Separate tickets available by donation for each evening.
The international festival creates a space for artists, scholars, and audiences to share, respond, and reflect beyond traditional, commercial performance spaces that often exclude people and limit access. Tuesday’s Cutting Edge Global Video Series presents a set of short experimental videos created by collaborative teams of scholars and artists, curated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and the University of Toronto. On Wednesday, founder and director of indigenous Grupo Folklórico P'urhépecha in Michoacán, Mexico, José Alberto Velázquez Campoverde, presents selections of traditional dance work performed by the youth group. On Thursday, Mark DeGarmo Dance presents the Global edition of its Virtual Salon Performance Series 2020-2021, dance works-in-progress with a facilitated audience response, to begin the series’ upcoming season.
“We are excited to connect with our local, national, and global colleagues reflective of our BIPOC and inclusive reality and to experience the possibilities explored by these artists and scholars for contributing to our societies,” says Mark DeGarmo, the festival’s curator, host, and facilitator.
Mark DeGarmo Dance recognizes the impact of COVID-19 on global artists and our communities and is committed to offering opportunities for artists to safely share and develop their work. Through virtual programming, MDD connects the embodied imaginations of the international arts and scholar community.
About the Curators, Artists, & Scholars
Anne Harris is an American-Australian artist, academic, Director of Creative Agency research lab, and RMIT Vice Chancellor’s Principal Research Fellow..
Annette Markham is an ethnographer, critical pedagogy scholar and professor at RMIT in Melbourne.
M.E. Luka is a Toronto-based award-winning scholar, activist and digital media producer.
José Alberto Velázquez Campoverde is the founder and director of the Grupo Folklórico P'urhépecha from that ethnic indigenous group occupying ancestral lands west of Mexico City.
Rachel Cohen’s company Racoco fuses raw materials, absurdist visuals, and quixotic choreography.
Sofia Engelman and Em Papineau are dance artists and co-founders of freeskewl, an experimental, donation-based platform for online teaching.
Dawn States is invested in ways to make dance more accessible after experiencing 2 spinal surgeries.
Teresa Fellion founded Teresa Fellion Dance in 2011, after her work as a choreographer since 2004.
Founded in 1987, Mark DeGarmo Dance is a nonprofit organization that educates New York City communities and children; creates, performs, and disseminates original artistic work; and builds intercultural community through dance arts. MDD commits its resources to serving social justice, equity, and equality issues across multiple fronts through dance arts in NYC, the U.S., and internationally.
About Mark DeGarmo
Mark DeGarmo, Ph.D., is a New York City-based dancer, choreographer, writer, and researcher. Dr. DeGarmo is Founder, Executive & Artistic Director of Mark DeGarmo Dance, New York City; Dance Director of Crossing Bridges International Artist Residency, Michoacán, Mexico; and an Artist-Scholar with Creative Agency, Australia.
We are grateful that this program is supported in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
October 27th, 7PM ET
October 28th, 7PM ET
October 29th, 7PM ET
Feminist Casting Agency is a multi-disciplinary art experience with many manifestations from installations to roving performance to media art. Our work is playful, respectful, enlightening, inclusive, empowering, positive, and kind.
We support equal pay, equal employment, and equal representation.
Mark DeGarmo’s Dance for Dance Annual Gala, “The Dance Party of the Year!,” goes Virtual: Company’s Virtual Dance for Dance 2020 Event to be Broadcast on Facebook and Youtube on Thursday, April 30th, 2020 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM Eastern (U.S.) Time.
Thursday, April 30th, 2020 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM Eastern (U.S.) Time
To Donate: Online at www.d4d2020.givesmart.com, Text d4d2020 to 76278, Venmo: Mark-DeGarmo-2, Paypal: paypal.me/markdegarmodance
Mark DeGarmo Dance pivots its annual community celebration and fundraiser, Dance for Dance 2020, into a virtual broadcast to connect with its local, national, and international audiences on Thursday, April 30th from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM Eastern (U.S.) Time on Facebook and Youtube. At 7:00PM, MDD will host a dance party on Zoom to close out the evening with live dancing worldwide hosted by DJ Steve. DJ Steve is a professional DJ and event MC with Make a Mark Events in the Boston area.
Those wishing to attend the virtual event and participate in the online silent auction can register by texting d4d2020 to 76278 or visiting www.d4d2020.givesmart.com.
Dance for Dance is Mark DeGarmo Dance’s annual community celebration which raises awareness and funds needed to support MDD’s mission and programs. Each year, it brings together Mark DeGarmo Dance’s students, supporters, guests, teachers, the Board of Directors, and community members from across New York City and beyond, to celebrate and support MDD’s programs. This year, MDD expands the event’s reach by using an online platform, eliminating the need for guests to be physically present or to live in or close to New York City in order to participate in our community gathering.
“We’re excited to offer a moment of safe connection and fun during this unpredictable time- for our communities in NYC, across all artistic disciplines, and throughout our national and international networks,” says Mark DeGarmo, Founder, Executive and Artistic Director.
This year’s virtual event will include a DJ, highlights from MDD’s in-school and adult professional performance programs, and an online silent auction, all of which are accessible to anyone with an internet connection. 100% of all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. By eliminating overhead costs associated with holding an in-person event, MDD is able to direct 100% of the event’s contributions directly to its educational and artistic programming.
At Dance for Dance, MDD also honors artists and scholars of national and international stature who made a significant difference through the arts in the lives of others. Last year, MDD awarded its inaugural “Arts Education Advocate” Award to Nia Imani Franklin, Miss America 2019. Previously, MDD awarded its “Educational Visionary" Lifetime Achievement Award to international dance advocate Patricia Aulestia (2017); dance writer Deborah Jowitt (2016); classical ballet dancers and teachers Oleg Briansky and Mireille Brianne (2015); actress, director, and co-founder The Living Theatre Judith Malina (2014); and educational philosopher and social activist Maxine Greene (2013).
About Mark DeGarmo Dance
Founded in 1987, Mark DeGarmo Dance is a nonprofit organization that educates New York City communities and children; creates, performs, and disseminates original artistic work; and builds intercultural community through dance arts. MDD has received over 300 grants from public and private funders and was the subject of a coveted cover feature article by Dance Teacher Magazine in June 2017. Since its beginnings, MDD has committed its resources to serving social justice, equity and equality issues across multiple fronts through dance arts in New York City, the U.S. and internationally.
About Mark DeGarmo
A graduate with a B.F.A. of the Juilliard School Dance Division and Union Institute & University’s Ph.D. program, DeGarmo has created, performed, and produced over 100 dance-theater works and led his company on 30 international tours to 13 countries. His work has been recognized with performing arts awards and honors from the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, the U.S. Department of State, and The White House. He developed MDD’s New York City-based elementary school education program based on transcultural transdisciplinary scholarship. His transcultural transdisciplinary commitment includes writing “Transdisciplinary Performative Improvisation” for the University of Colima Mexico’s textbook Teaching Choreographic Composition from a Transdisciplinary Focus (2020 Spanish publication pending). Dance Director of Tlacopac International Artist Residency Mexico City, he is also an artist-scholar of Creative Agency Australia. His early experience as a family-stay high school exchange student in Arcachon, France sparked his commitment to transcultural diplomacy. His creation and performance in Las Fridas: A Movement Installation and Offering about the pathos, life, loves, struggles, and art work of Mexican painter and revolutionary Frida Kahlo has been called by New York audiences in November 2019: “Genius,” “Wonderfully in your face,” and “Frightening… in a way great art always should be.” Melanie Brown of Stagebuddy.com deemed DeGarmo “a gladiator in various arenas."
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Thursday, April 30th, 2020 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM Eastern (U.S.) Time6:30PM - Video Broadcast on Facebook & YouTube6:50 PM - Shout Out Auction on Facebook7:00 PM - Dance Party on Zoom!