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.
Join us for a virtual program in conjunction with the exhibition ᎢᏛᏍᎦ ᏫᏥᏤᎢ ᎠᎵᏰᎵᏒ: ᎪᏥᎩ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏔᎷᏣ ᏗᎬᏗ, ᎦᏙ, ᏃᎴ ᎪᎵᏍᏗᎯ Weaving Across Time: Contemporary Cherokee Basket Making, Land, and Identity. Lightning round talks followed by a panel about the intrinsic relationship between Eastern Band Cherokee identity, land, and craft. Speakers include Adam Griffith, Director of the Revitalization of Traditional Cherokee Artisan Resources based in Cherokee, NC, and Dr. Courtney Lewis, Professor of Anthropology at Duke University, and Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina – Columbia. She is the author of Sovereign Entrepreneurs: Cherokee Small-Business Owners and the Making of Economic Sovereignty.
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.
The African American Dance Ensemble hopes you can join us Kwanzaa Fest on January 1, 2022 at the Durham Armory!!!
Kwanzaa is a celebration for all people, focusing on family, friends, and the fruits of the earth. Celebrated December 26th – January 1st, the name Kwanzaa comes from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” which means “first fruits of the harvest.”
Celebrating the holiday season and Durham's diversity, AADE’s annual Kwanzaa celebration is a time to enjoy family, community, and culture. Kwanzaa itself is a seven-day African holiday that celebrates a different principle each day. AADE’s Kwanzaa takes place on the seventh day, which is dedicated to Imani, or faith.
On January 1, 2022, at the Durham Armory we will celebrate with the community. The doors will open to the public at 11 am and the performances will begin at 1:00 pm. We offer a free venue of quality performances, marketplaces and collaborate with businesses and non-profits.
In honor of Baba Chuck Davis, collected canned foods will be donated to the Urban Ministry of Durham
Doors open to the public at 11am and the performances will begin at 1pm
Bamboo Basket Weaving Demonstration with Y Bhong R
Y Bhong Rcom is a Rhade Montagnard basket maker from the Highlands of Vietnam. He has demonstrated his craft as well as given classes on this traditional form of basketry at many local art and folk festivals. Come watch and interact with Y Bong as he demonstrates the various stages of processing the bamboo and lays out his geometric designs. The artist will also offer several of his baskets for sale at this outdoor event. This is a free event sponsored in part by a grant from AARP. Please register at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87516223615?pwd=QkRtbWRQSzZZQjl0Tm5jOXpoTllHdz09
On Saturday, November 7, Flushing Town Hall will celebrate the Festival of Lights with its sixth annual Diwali Festival–reimagined as a FREE virtual event. Our virtual celebration mixes live and pre-recorded content and opens with footage of a home traditionally decorated for Diwali and an explanation of the holiday and traditional foods. Then Nupur Arora, owner of Queens Curry Kitchen, will demonstrate mouth-watering authentic Indian dishes with ingredients that you can find at your local grocer, including aloo gobhi (spiced potato and cauliflower), tikka marsala sauce for chicken or tofu, and chai tea. Then move the furniture and get ready to move as master Indian dancer Abha B. Roy and the Srijan Dance Center shows you traditional, folk and Bollywood dance moves. Once you are warmed up, keep moving as DJ Rekha spins the music for a Bhangra dance party.
Native American Flute and Meditation Workshops: In
Have you always wanted to play an instrument? (Or, do you play and want to connect more with the music?) Learn to play in a natural way, the way music began, with wind, inspiration, breath. Take yourself back to a simpler time. Soothe your body with your breath. Soothe yourself and others with sound, a wind expression of your heart. Workshops start with guided meditation, moves to learning about the flute, followed by another meditation and structured playing. The meditative atmosphere helps to quiet our mind allowing our creativity to be freely expressed. Native Flutes will be available for use. “Native Flute: Be the Music” is a series of four 2-hour workshops. While each workshop builds on the next, the workshops are designed to stand alone as well. The workshops can be taken in any order. Watch for workshops 1 & 2 in the fall catalog. A one-hour introductory class will be offered before the beginning of each workshop to give you a bit of a head start (or review) before the workshop.
Class will take place using Zoom. Registered students will receive a link approximately 24 hours before the class.
You will need a Native American style flute in “A” minor. https://highspirits.com/collections/all-flutes/flutes-in-the-key-of-a