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.
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
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
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.
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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“Owen is in isolation. He has locked himself away from society. No one seems to understand, respect and love him. Owen is healing his own wounds. However, Owen has a new crush on a boy in the mirror. Owen said he was done with love. But, will he learn the true message of love this time? Or is the answer in the reflection?…”
Cindy "Laverne & Shirley" Williams starring in "Me
Best known for her iconic role as Shirley Feeney in the hit television series Laverne & Shirley, Cindy Williams is a versatile actress and comedienne who overcame a challenging childhood to pursue her love of acting and found stardom. Cindy shares her memories and hilarious backstage tales in Me, Myself & Shirley covering a lifetime in entertainment. Her storied career includes working with Oscar-winning directors Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, George Cukor, Roger Corman, and Jack Nicholson,in several films including two nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: American Graffiti and The Conversation. Her friends and co-stars include Penny Marshall, Ron Howard, Harrison Ford, Henry Winkler, Richard Dreyfuss, Gene Hackman, Dame Maggie Smith, and Robert Duvall. Come hear the stories, the secrets, the embarrassing moments, and the highs and lows of Cindy’s life in Hollywood, (and maybe relive a favorite scene or two)! 90 minutes without intermission followed by Questions & Answers
Cindy Williams, of TV's iconic comedy "Laverne & Shirley," stars in her one-woman show "Me, Myself & Shirley"
Common Ground: Mini-Global Mashup #4 - US-Africa M
Common Ground features artists seemingly different in discipline, practices, or cultural identity who explore global connections, celebrating distinctions that make cultures unique. Our NEW series Common Ground: Mini-Global Mashups are curated by acclaimed trumpeter and composer Frank London (The Klezmatics) bringing together two amazing global music artists along with accompanists for an afternoon of music, conversation and exploration. Post-show Q&A.
Newman Taylor Baker/WashboardXT is a jazz drummer and washboard player whose music has brought him to over 45 countries. A true rhythm master, Newman Taylor Baker is well known for his traditional southern practice of using spent 12-gauge shotgun shells to play his washboard. He has performed with the Richmond Symphony and many others, as well as undergoing research into his family’s roots - including his grandfather, the only former slave to receive a PH.D from Yale.
Feifei Yang is a musician, singer, instructor, and an arts entrepreneur. Hailed as "The Chinese Huqin Girl Stepping into Hollywood" by SinoVision, she is an Erhu and Banhu performance expert and vocalist whose talents are revolutionizing the global music and entertainment scenes. Yang has performed at Times Square, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Barclays Center, and many others.
This concert is accompanied by NYC-based pianist and composer, Zhihua Hu.
This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.