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
BILL CHATS: COMMUNITY SCHOLARS-AIMEE MEREDITH COX, JASMINE JOHNSON, DARNELL L. MOORE, EMIL WILBEKIN
Join us in a conversation to introduce the New York Live Arts Community of Scholars initiative that brings together a rotating international cohort of scholars, artists, and thought leaders to discuss the question: What does one need to know to be an informed global citizen…now? Truly taking up the moniker “Live Ideas,” this group will work and think closely with Bill T. Jones as he plots the next phase of New York Live Arts and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company’s artistic intervention in the world of ideas and transformative action. Members of this collective will also produce their own writing and creative projects as part of an ongoing dialogue with Bill T. Jones and the New York Live Arts community.
Aimee Meredith Cox*, Associate Professor of Anthropology and African American Studies at Yale University will spearhead this initiative and serve as the lead scholar for the duration of the project. The first cohort of scholars include Jasmine E. Johnson, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at University of Pennsylvania, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Princeton University, Darnell L. Moore*, Director of Inclusion Strategy for Content & Marketing at Netflix and Emil Wilbekin, Founder of Native Son, and former Editor-in-Chief of Giant and Giantmag.com and Vibe Magazine.
Shamel Pitts’ BLACK HOLE: Trilogy And Triathlonis a kaleidoscopic performance art experience using movement, original sound, light projection, and visual art. BLACK HOLE researches and shares an odyssey where three Black performers create a trinity of vigor, afrofuturism, and embrace. The project marks the third performance installment of choreographer Shamel Pitts’ and TRIBE artist’s triptych known as the “BLACK series.”
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
Gloria is a feminist work continuing Lieber and Smith’s fifteen-year choreographic partnership in using abstract dance as a means to break down patriarchal systems of female degradation through physical objectification. As objects of this work, the artists position themselves as recognizable images of female objectification, only to deconstruct and reconstitute these forms through embodied movement and connection. Within this arena of deeply understood femininity and friendship, images dissolve as feelings communicate viscerally. Gloria is explicit, speaking through the voice of women forced to identify with society’s framing as “already been f*#cked.” Dance, however, provides these women a different narrative, sculpted by them through the potentiality of their own bodies and as authors of their own work. In an age of grief, this performance focuses on the glory of survival, shining through tits and ass to show spine and uterus.
All ages workshop teaches the basic techniques and skills of Flamenco music and dance, general body and rhythmic awareness, and the cultural and historic context of this Spanish art. The workshop culminates with a short dance combination that families can go home and perform together, ending with an energetic “Ole!”
Mark DeGarmo Dance Presents its Virtual Salon Perf
Mark DeGarmo Dance continues its transcultural transdisciplinary Virtual Salon Performance Series for Social Change 2022 to an international audience on Zoom with performances featuring global performing artists from New York City and Riga, Latvia-- Sloga Iyengar (New York City), Marija Krtolica & Dustin Maxwell (New York City), Aigars Larionovs & Nauris Mikelis Goba (Riga, Latvia), and Debbie Mausner (New York City) on Thursday April 7th at 7PM ET. Each performance is curated and includes audience response supported, encouraged, and facilitated by Dr. Mark DeGarmo.
Tickets are by donation and can be purchased here.
About the Artists
Nauris Mikelis Goba is a Latvian dancer and Choreographer. He graduated from Latvia Academy of Culture with his BA in contemporary dance art. Nauris has participated in international dance projects such as SHARE festival in Slovakia and Macedonia, COLINE dance education program in France, and others.
Sloka Iyengar is a neuroscientist and Bharatanatyam dancer passionate about using her dance and science training for public impact. She is the founder of “SamyuktaNYC” (Samyukta in Sanskrit means “to come together”) to explore the many points of convergence between dance and neuroscience.
Marija Krtolica (PhD in dance, Temple University; MA PS NYU; MFA choreography UC Davis) has been making dance-theater since the early 1990s. In her recent works, she aims to join an experimental artistic practice with a critical analysis of the shifting meanings of the expressive embodiment in society.
Aigars Larionovs is a Latvian-born movement artist and choreographer. He graduated with an MFA degree from Florida State University School of Dance in May 2020. He has taught capoeira and dance workshops in the US, Latvia, Italy, and Greece. He has performed works by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Guy Nader and Maria Campos, Ilze Zirina, and Josephine Garibaldi.
Dustin Maxwell is a movement based performer, performance maker, visual artist, yogasana instructor, thai bodyworker, and death doula in training. He holds a BA in Dance from the University of Minnesota. He is a 2019 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow and was nominated for a 2015 Sage Award for Outstanding Performer.
Debbie Mausner is a dance artist and educator from Brooklyn, NY. In addition to choreographing and performing, she is also a co-founder and producer of the emerging artist series Current Showcase.
About Mark DeGarmo Dance
Founded in 1987, Mark DeGarmo Dance is a leading New York nonprofit dance 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. MDD celebrates its 35th Anniversary in 2022.
Are you an emerging artist working in puppetry, dance, theatre, or music, looking for a space to realize your new adventurous show? HERE is now taking applications for SubletSeries: Co-Op, our curated rental series hitting the stages August 2022. What's special about SubletSeries: Co-Op, you ask?
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If you're an emerging artist, it can be difficult to afford or sustain longer runs. Your Co-Op show can be as long as one week, or as short as a weekend.
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