HOLLA & HEAL: A live concert event featuring Magnetic North & Taiyo Na (MNTN) and special guests Ann One, Sham-e-Ali Nayeem, and Treya Lam with proceeds to benefit the community organization CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities. This collective brings live musicianship to the genres of soul, folk, jazz and hip hop from a distinct and politicized Asian American perspective. The event aspires to be a safe gathering for communal healing, especially in context of the pandemic and spikes in anti-Asian violence.
Magnetic North & Taiyo Na consists of Theresa "T-Vu" Vu, Derek Kan, Taiyo Na, and Chucky Kim. They created Home:Word, an album of chart-topping hits in Japan and Korea that Phil Yu of AngryAsianMan called “one of my favorite albums of the year," and writer/historian Jeff Chang described as “an album my family plays when we get together.” In 2021, they released “We Belong ‘21” in response to increased nationwide anti-Asian violence. A dedication to the late photographer Corky Lee, the music video was directed by An Rong Xu with ZZ Design.
TheGifted Arts' REACH event is uniquely designed to support school aged youth in successfully navigating their school trajectory. Attendees will receive the foundational tools to get them ‘school ready,’ while also having an engaging arts experience.
Youth will walk away feeling ready to re-enter in-person school learning environments, explore their social emotional health, build new relationships and explore the performing arts.
Summary: Attendees will receive tools that will help them to be successful this school year and participate in two energetic dance classes.
Alejandro Arroyo owns the newest (and cleanest) lounge in New York City’s Lower East Side. His sister, Molly, has a nasty habit of writing graffiti on the back wall of the local police precinct. Officer Derek is a recent NYC transplant with something to prove. Lelly Santiago is a socially awkward college student who may have discovered that the Arroyo siblings’ late mother was one of the founders of hip-hop music. Two DJs/narrators spin the story in this hilariously heartfelt piece.
Rated PG-13. This play contains adult language and themes.
WRITTEN BY Kristoffer Diaz
DIRECTED BY Anna Skidis Vargas
Friday, October 23 at 8:00pm ET until Sunday, October 25 at 10:00pm ET
Presented via Vimeo
$10 Student Ticket/ $18 Individual Ticket/ $25 Multiple Person Ticket
Full program is approximately 60 minutes.
This event includes a welcome from ADF Executive Director Jodee Nimerichter, introduction by Rennie Harris, the presentation of an specially edited version of their 2019 ADF performance of Rennie Harris FUNKEDIFIED, and a special Q&A session with Rennie Harris and Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Robert Battle.
A multi-media work that celebrates funk music and street dance of the 1970s is set against the landscape of a video montage of African American Communities of that era. Inspired by the political turmoil and atmosphere of Rennie Harris’ childhood, Rennie Harris FUNKEDIFIED will feature the funk band Invincible who will highlight a unique funk sound. Rennie Harris FUNKEDIFIED will not only feature dancers from Rennie Harris Puremovement but also one of the most seminal locking groups since Don Campbell and The Campbell Lock Dancers—The Hood Lockers. Narrated by Rennie Harris, Rennie Harris FUNKEDIFIED is a visual motif of the political, economic, and social state of the 1970s.
“The Basquiat of the US Contemporary dance scene, Lorenzo Rennie Harris has literally embodied the history of hip-hop dance.” —London Times