Crazy Talented Asians & Friends: An Evening of Animation Shorts
SAT, MAY 29, 2021 6:00 PM ET
Come celebrate APA Heritage Month with our returning popular production! Presented in partnership with Crazy Talented Asians & Friends, our curated animation short films will wow you with the animators’ creative digital art and storytelling talents.
Untold Secrets of the Heart Chamber by
GREGORY VUYANIMAQOMA and MARC BAMUTHI JOSEPH
Premieres Thursday, February 25 at 7:00pm EST
This is a FREE event although there is a suggested donation of $10.
Building upon their partnership over the past few years and with a desire to work together to support artists and their creativity during this extraordinary moment in time, The American Dance Festival (ADF) and DANCECleveland have commissioned a new dance film by South African choreographer Gregory Maqoma andpoet, arts activist, and educator Marc Bamuthi Joseph. The new work, Untold Secrets of the Heart Chamber, will premiere online on February 25th at 7:00pm EST. The screening will be followed by a conversation with the artists moderated by Gina Belafonte and Jefferson Tshabalala. The work will be available for additional viewings for 30 days following the premiere.
Untold Secrets of the Heart Chamber is a trans-Atlantic, pandemic-backdropped missive between almost strangers. Gregory Maqoma and Marc Bamuthi Joseph met in the fall of 2020 to begin discussing the matter of Black life as filtered through 25 years of South African democracy and one particularly hot summer on the American racial timeline. The result is a piece that connects these world-scaled events to the intimacy of the artists’ respective homes and sanctuary spaces. Untold Secrets of the Heart Chamber is an 18-minute long dance film/live performance shot on two continents in the time of COVID-19. Edited by David Szlasa and performed by Maqoma and Joseph, the work ponders democracy, what grandmothers leave behind, and the safety extended from Black fathers to their sons.
The premiere of "Untold Secrets of the Heart Chamber is February 25, 7pm EST. The video will be available through March 27.
Since their 2010 debut, Coreyah has pioneered a new style of Korean music that blends genres of contemporary ethnic and popular sounds while still maintaining the distinctive characteristics of traditional Korean instruments. At this special virtual concert, Coreyah performs music from their latest album ‘Clap & Applause’ showcasing their long-standing effort to infuse pop into traditional music through bold, youthful style, heartfelt lyrics, and a psychedelic sound.
Sara Juli’s Burnt-Out Wife is presented virtually by ADF, Dixon Place, Portland Ovations, and SPACE, the four co-commissioners of the work.
Sara Juli’s Burnt-Out Wife takes on topics such as intimacy, loneliness, monogamy, and other marital taboos. Juli employs her comedic text-driven dance style to explore the decay and detritus of marriage with equal parts wit and vulnerability. Taking place in a Pepto-Bismol pink bathroom, this evening length dance-theater-comedy will spark intimate conversations while blowing up the institution with humor, reflection, and a complete re-imagining.
Created and performed by Sara Juli with dramaturgy by Michelle Mola, set design by Pamela Moulton, costumes by Carol Farrell, sound design by Ryan MacDonald, and lighting design by Justin Moriarty.
Closed-captioning will be available.
Adult content and language. Not recommended for children.