Black History Trilogy I - John Lewis: A Pioneer for Justice
FRI, FEB 5, 2021
In honor of Black History Month, Flushing Town Hall presents its Black History Trilogy, a three-part series of outstanding Broadway performers showcasing the music and speeches of influential African American artists, scholars, and leaders.
Alton Fitzgerald White kicks off the Trilogy in “John Lewis: A Pioneer for Justice” on Friday, February 5 at 7:00 PM.
Alton Fitzgerald White, a gifted actor who starred in Broadway’s hit show Ragtime and performed over 4,000 times as Mufasa, “king of the jungle,” in Disney’s production of The Lion King, will bring to life the legacy of American politician and civil rights leader John Lewis, who passed away last summer and coined the popular phrase “good trouble” in one of his most resilient speeches. Following his reading of the speech, White will discuss why Lewis’ words and mission are still relevant today and participate in a short question and answer session with the virtual audience.
How did Kunqu, an elegant form of traditional Chinese theatre proclaimed by UNESCO as one of the masterpieces of oral and intangible cultural heritage of humanity, take root and grow in the U.S.? Presented in partnership with Kunqu Society, this program will trace some of its historical developments through memories of Ms. Chung-ho Chang Frankel (1913-2015), an amateur devotee of Kunqu, and popularly known as “a female literary talent of China’s Republican Era.” After emigrating to the U.S. in 1949, over more than sixty years Ms. Frankel continued to practice, teach, and promote Kunqu past her hundredth birthday. Her enthusiasm and enjoyment is vividly remembered by family and students, as well as professional artists.
TOTAL FEAR is a horror dance-theatre production based on research of Total Theatre and the process of generating fear for stage through live dance and theatrical performance. TOTAL FEAR is the capstone project of Katie Burks’ graduate research at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in pursuit of a Master of Fine Arts in Choreography. This online event invites any who dare to experience TOTAL FEAR from home or work via global livestream.
Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) and Flushing Town Hall are pleased to present a present a virtual reading of Marcus Yi’s musical Lucky 88, a new theatre piece set in a Flushing food court. The show was selected by local Flushing community members, or “art commissioners,” as part of QCA’sArtist Commissioning Program. Inspired by all of the food courts in Flushing, this new musical uses the food court environment to explore the multi faceted lives of people that the average American might not otherwise get a chance to know.
The show focuses on 3 food stalls and the people that work there: 60 year old Shen Zha Wang at the hand pulled noodle stall struggling to put his son through law school; 50 year old widow Mei Ling Fu at the dumpling stall who is ready to start dating again; and 50 year old Si Ling Xiu at the boba tea stall hiding her cancer diagnosis from her daughter.
During this difficult time of the COVID 19 pandemic, we spend so much time with our family. What can be a better opportunity for us to know and understand each other more? Puppetry artist Spica Wobbe interviewed her mom and used it as inspiration to create the show Hand in Hand. From these interviews and her childhood memories Spica turned those stories into shadows. The image of a mother holding her daughter’s hand conveys how the previous generation took care of the next generation. Through shadow, light, music and storytelling, it also tells how Spica's mother, a self-taught artist, Ms. Shia Zhaozhi, used her paintings to document her life stories growing up in Taipei, Taiwan.
Beginning Tuesday, September 30, join Spica as she presents her new performance, Hand in Hand! In the weeks following the performance, Spica will lead two workshops in storytelling and shadow theater. Come learn with the artist and create your own story and bring it to life with shadow puppetry! The performance and workshops will be held in English and Mandarin.
It is highly encouraged that people attend all three events in the series, however, audiences can select any number of events (and content will still be understandable).
Mark DeGarmo Dance broadcasts its Virtual Salon Performance Series on June 11th at 7PM ET on Zoom: a sharing of works-in-progress with a facilitated audience response curated and facilitated by dancer, choreographer, writer, and researcher, Dr. Mark DeGarmo.
Thursday, June 11th, 2020 7PM ET
Mark DeGarmo Dance Zoom*
*The Zoom Link will be sent to attendees after a donation has been made. Those planning to attend are encouraged to make a donation in advance to receive the Zoom Link sooner.
Mark DeGarmo Dance goes virtual by broadcasting its transcultural transdisciplinary Salon Performance Series on Zoom with performances featuring Callie Hatchett, Zjana Muraro and José María on Thursday, June 11th at 7PM ET. Each performance includes an audience feedback session curated and facilitated by Dr. Mark DeGarmo.
Mark DeGarmo Dance recognizes the impact of COVID-19 on global artistic communities and is committed to offering opportunities for artists to share and develop their work, despite the current circumstances.
Founded in 2010, MDD's Salon Performance Series provides an opportunity to view and engage with original performing arts and dance works-in-progress of guest artists. The series highlights artists and performing art and dance forms underrepresented in traditional and commercial performing arts venues nationally and internationally.
Dr. Mark DeGarmo curates the series and facilitates audience response sessions during each installment by adapting Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process. DeGarmo guides discourse among the artists and audience members and encourages the public to actively participate in the development of original works-in-progress.
Usually housed in The Clemente Center, where MDD has been an anchor resident member nonprofit organization since 2001, MDD’s Salon Performance Series works to support the Clemente’s mission, and its determination “to operate in a multicultural and inclusive manner, housing and promoting artists and performance events that fully reflect the cultural diversity of the Lower East Side and the city as a whole.”
About the Artists
Callie Hatchett is an NYC based dance artist. She grew up in Alabama studying Vaganova based ballet under the direction of Meryane Martin Murphy. She is also a teaching artist for NYC Ballet and MDD.
Zjana Muraro is an independent dance artist, somatic movement practitioner and creative coder. Her own choreographic works have been commissioned and performed in Hong Kong, New York, London, Oulu (Finland), Salerno (Italy), Ga'aton (Israel), Los Angeles and Barcelona.
José María, is a queer, nonbinary, Puerto Rican recording and performing artist. They create glam electro-pop music and athletic dance for stage and screen. José’s work orients us towards Queer Future - queering narratives of love, power, and vulnerability.
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. 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. Las Fridas, Mark DeGarmo’s original duet inspired by Mexican painter and revolutionary Frida Kahlo, was called “Genius,” “Wonderfully in your face,” and “Frightening… in a way great art always should be,” by New York audiences in November 2019. Melanie Brown of Stagebuddy.com deemed DeGarmo “a gladiator in various arenas."
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We support equal pay, equal employment, and equal representation.
About BAX Virtual Studio Classes In keeping with BAX’s core commitment to social justice, BAX Youth Education programs foster authentic voice, creativity, collaboration, and provide a positive and nurturing environment for all! This Fall BAX is offering live zoom classes in dance, drama, tumbling, visual art and early childhood for ages 2-18. Community Building is at the heart of these programs and there are a variety of activities to nurture valuable social exchanges. Scholarships available!