In commemoration of Juneteenth, Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner and Hadestown star André De Shields performs an excerpt from his self-crafted solo work “Frederick Douglass: Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory.” The one-man show explores the life and achievements of the great emancipator Frederick Douglass.
“Though Douglass began his life as a slave, through heroic effort, he became one of America’s most important and historically influential icons,” said De Shields. “Frederick Douglass: Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory” tells a story about brutality and deliverance that is implausible yet historically accurate. De Shields portrays the Great Black Emancipator with a performance that is as filled with hope and achievement as it is darkness and anger.
Celebrate Our Community! at Charles Drew Park in J
Presented by NYC Council Speaker Adrienne E. Adams & Flushing Town Hall, Celebrate our Community! brings people together in celebration of our diverse global community. This family-friendly, FREE festival will feature:
Bollywood and Indian folk fusion concert by Artiste Anjali
Queensboro Dance Festival dance performances by Natraj Center for Performing Arts, Wendy Kamal and David Ali Dance Academy, and Ghungaroo Dance Company
dance party and DJ workshop for kids and families by DJ Nett and the Nettwork Inc Youth DJs
Choreographer Abby Zbikowski and crew have created a genre-bending work that brings together a mosaic group of dancers to redefine purpose for themselves as they labor their way through complex, demanding, and often perplexing physicality as a means to confront expectations and dive into the unknown head on. Utilizing the skills they have honed through their practices in movement traditions including (but not limited to) street dance, post-modern dance, contemporary African forms, tap, synchronized swimming, soccer, and martial arts, the cast draws from an arsenal of physical possibility to shatter assumptions of established forms and test the group’s own physical and mental limits. Working with Senegalese dance artist Momar Ndiaye as dramaturge, this work embodies the amalgam of contemporary living, chock full of cultural collisions, unlikely relationships, minor to major misunderstandings, a desire for logic, and being hard-wired to survive.
CULLEN+THEM PRESENTS RESIDENT YOUTH COMPANY YOUNG DANCE COLLECTIVE’S WORLD PREMIERE FOREVER FOR NOW
Five teenagers author and choreograph their final work together as a group after 8 years of creation and discovery
cullen+them and its resident teen company Young Dance Collective (YDC) presents dance-theater piece forever for now created collaboratively with Founder & Artistic Director Hannah Cullen. Exploring the phenomenon of love, the piece is the Young Dance Collective’s final work after creating together for the last 8 years. Forever for now will be presented on the main stage at New York Live Arts on Thursday, May 12th, Friday May 13th, and Saturday May 14th at 7:30pm EST. Tickets are $15 for Students and $20 for Adults and can be purchased at NewYorkLiveArts.org or 212-691-6500, on sale now. For promotional images, please click here.
forever for now is a work about love… a phenomenon that no one really understands. Authored and choreographed by five young artists, the show follows stories of falling in love, discovering heartbreak, and cultivating a deeper love of self. Through guided self-reflection led by Cullen exploring what is truly important in their individual lives, the following question emerged: “How do we cultivate more love?” After working together for over eight years, the teenage group’s final piece reveals the culmination of the vulnerable and honest collaborations that have characterized their nearly decade-long time together. Their connections, forged by love, inform and shape the art they make. So how does a person cultivate more love? Forever for now is an answer to that question.
Forever for now was created and is performed by Young Dance Collective members Liam Mackenzie, Mieke Matteson, Nyah Raposo, Pilot Roberts, and Beatrice White; with Artistic Direction by Hannah Cullen, Lighting Design by Christopher Theilking, Set & Costume Design by Victors Jeffreys II, and Music & Sound Design by Hannah Cullen and Ian Noel.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday May 12-14th at 7:30pm
Queens Jazz Orchestra (QJO) returns live on stage at Flushing Town Hall, with a special tribute program "Bird Flight" honoring Phil Schaap and the genius of Charlie Parker. QJO will be led and conducted by Grammy-award nominated jazz artist and an original member of the QJO, Antonio Hart who was selected by the late NEA Jazz Master and former QJO Music Director, Jimmy Heath.
Phil Schaap (1951-2021) was a radio broadcaster, record producer, educator, and historian whose knowledge of jazz was legendary in its breadth and detail. Schaap who lived in Hollis, Queens, was best known as the host of Bird Flight, a radio show on WKCR that's devoted to Charlie Parker. Schaap received six Grammy Awards over the course of his career.
Charlie Parker Jr. (1920-1955), nicknamed "Bird" or "Yardbird", was an American jazz saxophonist, band leader and composer. During his short life, Parker changed the course of music. Like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and John Coltrane, Parker was a pioneering composer and improviser who ushered in a new era of jazz and influenced subsequent generations of musicians, writers and artists.
This concert will present some of the seminal work of Charlie Parker and some special music composed by NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath. There will be special commentary from the colleagues of Phil Schaap as well.
The Mini-Global Mashups continue through December 2022! Curated by acclaimed trumpeter and composer Frank London (The Klezmatics), the Mini-Global Mashup series is bringing together two amazing global music artists along with accompanists for an afternoon of music, conversation and exploration. Post-show Q&A.
Mini-Global Mashup: Tibet Meets Colombia presents Tibetan singer Yungchen Lhamo and Colombian artist Martín Vejarano.(accompanied musician(s) TBA)
Yungchen Lhamo was born and raised in Lhasa, Tibet. In 1989, Yungchen Lhamo (which translates as ‘Goddess of Melody’) carried her baby son on a 1,200-mile journey, walking across the Himalayas from Tibet to India, then became the first Tibetan singer to achieve worldwide acclaim. Her first album, Tibetan Prayer, won the Australian Recording Industry Award for Best World Music Album in 1995. She was then signed by Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records label and released three more albums, Tibet, Tibet, Coming Home, and Ama, between 1996 and 2006. In 2013, Yungchen released her fifth album, a meditational collaboration with Russian classical pianist Anton Batagov, on the Cantaloupe Music label. Her unique voice promotes sound healing and spiritual awakening, and has been described as: “Not only beautiful, but strong – her phrasing, control and depth of emotion are unsurpassed.” She has toured all five continents and performed, usually acapella, in opera houses, concert halls, cathedrals, rock and country music festivals, and in homes for the mentally ill and homeless.
"Pristine, gliding vocal lines." - The New York Times
"The sheer beauty of her voice: spine-tingling stuff." - The Guardian (UK)
"Angel-voiced." - Newsweek
Born to a dancer/choreographer and a filmmaker/profesor in Bogotá, Colombia, Martín Vejarano was surrounded by the arts from an early age. Martín's main focus has been the traditional musics from Colombia, with an emphasis in Gaita/Cumbia Music. He holds degrees in Jazz from The Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music and in Music Theory from The City College of New York. As an educator and music instructor, Vejarano is currently a teaching artist at Flushing Town Hall and a long time collaborator with the Center For Traditional Music And Dance, through which he has received the NYSEA Master-Apprentice fellowship to teach traditional Gaita Music, a number of times. Martín currently directs and leads four music projects: La Cumbiamba NY, Cumbia River Band, Chia’s Dance Party and NYC Gaita Club.
This season’s Fresh Tracks artists present their new work in a shared evening in the theater. Fresh Tracks Residency & Performance program is a season-long residency for emerging movement-based artists in support of new work creation and professional development. This season marks the 57th year of Fresh Tracks, which was a signature program of Dance Theater Workshop to bring new choreographic artistry to the forefront.
Friday April 15th at 7:30pm and Saturday April 16th at 7:30pm