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annual performance and gala benefit at New Jersey’s premiere performing arts center, NJPAC, Friday, April 28, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

CAROLYN DORFMAN DANCE BOLSTERS CHOREOGRAPHIC DEBUT OF PRINCIPAL DANCER AE-SOON KIM AT NJPAC PERFORMANCE AND GALA

 

Ae-Soon Kim Mirrors Carolyn Dorfman’s Mission of Cultural Exploration Through Movement with New Ensemble Premiere  

 

Union, NJ, March 29, 2017 — Carolyn Dorfman Dance, whose bold and dramatic works connect life and movement, hosts its annual performance and gala benefit at New Jersey’s premiere performing arts center, NJPAC, Friday, April 28, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. Five of Dorfman’s versatile dancers will present the world premiere of Unfolding—created by senior company member and teaching artist Ae-Soon Kim, the fourth dancer in the company’s history to have this opportunity. Dorfman’s enchanting Dance/Stories and the acclaimed ensemble work Sextet will be restaged for the gala celebration.

 

For Dorfman’s Dance/Stories, the company welcomes back the incomparable storyteller, narrator, and librettist Charlotte Blake Alston. Alston will perform live during Dance/Stories, an enchanting interdisciplinary collaboration featuring a selection of folk tales and authentic stories from around the world. The acclaimed Sextet is a dance that explores the energy, rhythm and power of six dancers. Both works have been composed by the elegant and translucent percussionist Horacee Arnold.

 

Ae-Soon Kim’s new company work is in line with the global perspective of Carolyn’s work, exploring her cultural roots and life’s journey on three continents. Kim, of Korean descent, was raised in Japan and has a performance resume throughout both both Europe and the U.S. Unfolding, is an abstract work that weaves together the people, places and things a person encounters in a lifetime to compose the soul. Utilizing silk fabrics and a fan, a key element of Korean Dance, each dancer represents a spoke on a fan, which moves away from the base and folds back together. A traditional Janggo Korean drummer will perform live that evening, representing the sounds of Kim’s ancestors and cultural past.

 

“Through the language of contemporary, modern dance, we celebrate the human journey—

it recognizes and honors both the commonality and the uniqueness of the human story,” explains Artistic Director Carolyn Dorfman. “We are all a product of our foundation and experiences, which often informs our work. We see that exploration of one’s roots in Ae-Soon’s new company work, which has already become an important addition to the repertory.”

 

During the gala reception three annual awards will be given—the Encore Award will be presented to Gail and Cliff

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DANCE! This Weekend!Periapsis Open Series *Bklyn 4/28,29 & 30!

Periapsis Open Series
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The Periapsis Open Series is this Sunday!

5:00 pm and 8:00 pm at GK ArtsCenter (29 Jay Street, Brooklyn)
Part of the Brooklyn Bridge Dance Festival

TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE OR AT THE DOOR

A fascinating program that you won’t want to miss:

From Julia Bengtsson’s shadow play to Logos Dance Collective’s study of bats; from a solo by Belinda McGuire to Alison Cook Beatty’s ensemble of 22 dancers and 6 musicians, there promises to be some new discoveries for everybody!

See these artists in action below:

Alison Cook Beatty Dance in rehearsal for MAHAWAY: SPRING ETERNAL, photo by Russell Haydn.

Belinda McGuire, photo by Gothamfotografia.

What Grows on Trees, by Julia Bengtsson and Charlotte Mundy

Logos Dance Collective (Barbara Gail Montero)
P.S. —

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Brooklyn Bridge Dance Festival!  There are some amazing artists on Friday and Saturday night, too, like:

Ariel Rivka Dance, Asya Zlatina and Dancers, Benjamin Briones Ballet, ChristinaNoel & the Creature, Christopher Caines Dance, Gelsey Kirkland Ballet, Mari Meade Dance Collective (MMDC), metaphors&similesDANCE, New Chamber Ballet, Thomas/Ortiz Dance, and Trainor Dance

Brooklyn Bridge Dance Festival

including the Periapsis Open Series

GK ArtsCenter and Periapsis Music and Dance

GK ArtsCenter presents the inaugural season of the Brooklyn Bridge Dance Festival! Curated by Jonathan Howard Katz, artistic director of Periapsis Music and Dance, the festival brings together choreographers from New York City and beyond who have each found their own unique artistic voice.

The third day of the festival is reserved for the Periapsis Open Series, which specifically presents choreographers engaged in musical collaborations.

Friday, April 28, 8:00 pm:
– Ariel Rivka Dance
– Benjamin Briones Ballet
– ChristinaNoel & the Creature
– Gelsey Kirkland Ballet
– Mari Meade Dance Collective (MMDC)
– Thomas/Ortiz Dance

Saturday, April 29, 8:00 pm:
– Asya Zlatina
– Christopher Caines Dance
– Gelsey Kirkland Ballet
– metaphors&similesDANCE
– New Chamber Ballet
– Trainor Dance

Sunday, April 30, 5:00 pm AND 8:00 pm
Periapsis Open Series
– Alison Cook Beatty Dance with composer Dorian Wallace
– Belinda McGuire Dance Projects
– Julia Bengtsson with composer Charlotte Mundy
– Logos Dance Collective with composer Dmitri Tymoczko 

The Periapsis Open Series is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

ticket link: https://www.artful.ly/store/events/11423 Thank you!

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WE Recommend : DANCE 4/28th,29th, &30th BKLYN BRIDGE DANCE FESTIVAL

We Highly Recommend attending ALL THREE DAYS!

Ballet! Modern! Interpretive! Alternative!

Jonathan Howard Katz is extremely creative and organized, as befits a composer-pianist-founder-curator, whose own compositions will be showcased during the month of June.

He is wildly excited about the programming at the Fist Annual Brooklyn Bridge Dance,Festival, And so are We.

 

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WHO: GK ArtsCenter and Periapsis Music and Dance, Curated by Jonathan Howard Katz, Artistic Director of Periapsis Music and Dance

WHAT: The FIRST annual Brooklyn Bridge Dance Festival including Periapsis Open Series

WHEN: Friday, April 28 at 8:00pm, Saturday, April 29 at 8:00pm, Sunday April 30 at 5:00pm and 8:00pm

WHERE: GK ArtsCenter (aka Gelsey Kirkland Academy), 29 Jay St. Brooklyn, NY, Accessible by the A,C, and F trains

Please see below for a complete lineup.

Brooklyn Bridge Dance Festival

including the Periapsis Open Series

GK ArtsCenter and Periapsis Music and Dance

GK ArtsCenter presents the inaugural season of the Brooklyn Bridge Dance Festival! Curated by Jonathan Howard Katz, artistic director of Periapsis Music and Dance, the festival brings together choreographers from New York City and beyond who have each found their own unique artistic voice.

The third day of the festival is reserved for the Periapsis Open Series, which specifically presents choreographers engaged in musical collaborations.

Friday, April 28, 8:00 pm:
– Ariel Rivka Dance
– Benjamin Briones Ballet
– ChristinaNoel & the Creature
– Gelsey Kirkland Ballet
– Mari Meade Dance Collective (MMDC)
– Thomas/Ortiz Dance

Saturday, April 29, 8:00 pm:
– Asya Zlatina
– Christopher Caines Dance
– Gelsey Kirkland Ballet
– metaphors&similesDANCE
– New Chamber Ballet
– Trainor Dance

Sunday, April 30, 5:00 pm AND 8:00 pm
Periapsis Open Series
– Alison Cook Beatty Dance with composer Dorian Wallace
– Belinda McGuire Dance Projects
– Julia Bengtsson with composer Charlotte Mundy
– Logos Dance Collective with composer Dmitri Tymoczko 

 

 

 

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MUSIC – Upcoming Events › SummerStage *NYC #Summer

Mavis Staples / Toshi Reagon

June 3 @ 6:00 pm  10:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park 

Rumsey Playfield 
New York, NY

American soul & gospel icon with hold-nothing-back, post-modern R&B sensations

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Free

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic / Main Source / DJ Marley Marl hosted by Roxanne Shante

June 11 @ 5:00 pm  8:00 pm
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park 

Grand Central Pkwy., Whitestone Exwy. bet. 111 St. & College Point Blvd., Park Drive E. 
Queens, NY

P-Funk architect & funk innovator with a host of Queen’s own classic hip-hop pioneers as part of The Only In Queens Summer Festival

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Free

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

June 12 @ 7:00 pm  10:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park 

Rumsey Playfield 
New York, NY

Metropolitan Opera stars perform an evening of arias & duets from some of opera’s most beloved works featuring soprano Susanna Phillips, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong, and tenor Stephen Costello, joined by pianist Dan Saunders….

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Free

Yiddish Soul featuring The Klezmatics / Zusha / The Maccabeats / Special Guest Cantors: Chaim David Berson and Yanky Lemmer / Emcee: Nachum Segal presented in association with The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene

June 14 @ 6:00 pm  10:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park 

Rumsey Playfield 
New York, NY

Cantorial classics and new Yiddish music from contemporary Chassidic artists

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Free

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

June 14 @ 7:00 pm  9:00 pm
Brooklyn Bridge Park 

Furman St.,Water St. and John St. bet. Atlantic Ave.,Old Fulton St.,Main St.,Adams St., & Jay St. 
Brooklyn, NY

Metropolitan Opera stars perform an evening of arias & duets from some of opera’s most beloved works…

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$55

Elvis Costello & The Imposters

June 15 @ 6:30 pm  10:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park 

Rumsey Playfield 
New York, NY

Internationally celebrated & Grammy award-winning musician Elvis Costello, on the “Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers” tour…

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Free

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

June 16 @ 7:00 pm  8:30 pm
Clove Lakes Park 

Forest Ave., Victory Blvd., bet. Clove Rd. and Brookside Ave., Royal Oak Rd. 
Staten Island, NY 10301

Rising star singers perform favorite arias & duets in a program presented by the Met Opera …

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Free

Laura Mvula / Taylor McFerrin & Marcus Gilmore / Blue Lab Beats in association with Jill Newman Productions and The Blue Note Jazz Festival

June 17 @ 6:00 pm  10:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park 

Rumsey Playfield 
New York, NY

Pioneering British vocalist, composer of contemporary orchestral funk and two new projects of groundbreaking futuristic jazz, soul and hip-hop

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Free

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

June 17 @ 7:00 pm  8:30 pm
Crotona Park 

Crotona Park North to South, Fulton Av to Southern Blvd and Crotona Park East 
Bronx, NY

An enchanting evening of favorite opera arias and duets featuring Metropolitan Opera stars….

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City Parks Foundation Gala Concert & Dinner

June 19 @ 6:30 pm  10:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park 

Rumsey Playfield 
New York, NY

GALA CONCERT & DINNER HONORING MICHAEL L. REINERT, ESQ. AND CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF DAVID BOWIE. Held under the stars at SummerStage in Central Park, the City Parks Foundation Gala honors Michael L. Reinert, Esq., a partner at Fox Rothchild, LLP., with the ‘People and Parks Award’ and celebrates the music of David Bowie with performances by “Sound and Vision: The Music of David Bowie” and surprise guests….

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Free

Fête de la Musique: Wax Tailor / Her / Ayo / Ala.Ni

June 21 @ 5:00 pm  10:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park 

Rumsey Playfield 
New York, NY

An evening of French contemporary talent and genres ranging from hip-hop to soul and pop

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Free

Digable Planets

June 21 @ 6:00 pm  9:00 pm
Coffey Park 

Verona St. bet. Richard St. and Dwight St. 
Brooklyn, NY 11231

The poetic hip-hop trio are still cool like dat

Featuring 6pm pre-show workshop with Scratch Academy…

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Free

Margaret Glaspy / Alexander F

June 22 @ 7:00 pm  9:00 pm
Coffey Park 

Verona St. bet. Richard St. and Dwight St. 
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Indie-folk singer/songwriter focuses her talent on guitar-driven pop songs…

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Free

Just Blaze in association with Meanred

June 23 @ 7:00 pm  9:00 pm
Coffey Park 

Verona St. bet. Richard St. and Dwight St. 
Brooklyn, NY 11231

World renowned hip-hop DJ/producer and Jay Z, Kanye West collaborator…

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Free

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

June 23 @ 7:00 pm  8:30 pm
Socrates Sculpture Park 

2-01 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City 
Queens, NY 11106

Metropolitan Opera stars perform an evening of arias & duets from some of opera’s most beloved works featuring soprano So Young Park, tenor Petr Nekoranec, and baritone Hyung Yun, joined by pianist Dan Saunders….

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Free

Denzel Curry in association with Move Forward Music

June 24 @ 5:00 pm  7:00 pm
Coffey Park 

Verona St. bet. Richard St. and Dwight St. 
Brooklyn, NY 11231

High energy Florida rapper with versatile range from Rick Ross to Little Dragon, delivers electric live show…

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Free

The Gift / Dead Combo / Sofia Ribeiro in association with Arte Institute

June 24 @ 5:00 pm  10:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park 

Rumsey Playfield 
New York, NY

An exploration of Portuguese sounds, from fado to the contemporary universe of indie rock, pop & jazz

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Free

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

June 24 @ 7:00 pm  8:30 pm
Jackie Robinson Park 

West 150th Street and Edgecombe Avenue 
New York, NY 10039 United States

Rising star singers perform favorite arias & duets in a program presented by the Met Opera …

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Free

Robert Glasper / Phony Ppl / Tank and The Bangas presented by the Blue Note Jazz Festival

June 25 @ 2:00 pm  7:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park 

Rumsey Playfield 
New York, NY

Grammy winning jazz and R&B icon meets rising Brooklyn soul collective and NPR Music’s 2016 Tiny Desk Concerts winner

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Free

KRS-One / DJ Chuck Chillout

June 25 @ 4:00 pm  7:00 pm
Coffey Park 

Verona St. bet. Richard St. and Dwight St. 
Brooklyn, NY 11231

The Teacher showcases his signature lyrical skill & messages that have made him a legend

Featuring 4pm pre-show dance workshop with KwikStep…

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Korea GAYOJE: Year of the Ox / SsingSsing / Coreyah in association with the Korean Cultural Center New York

June 26 @ 5:00 pm  10:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park 

Rumsey Playfield 
New York, NY

Korea GAYOJE (‘music festival’) blending traditional Korean sounds with glam rock, contemporary world music & hip-hop

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Free

Freedom Party® NYC

June 28 @ 5:00 pm  10:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park 

Rumsey Playfield 
New York, NY

NYC’s legendary old-school dance party comes to Central Park

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Rare Essence with special guest DJ Kool / Felix Hernandez Rythm Revue

June 28 @ 7:00 pm  9:00 pm
Betsy Head Park 

Dumont Ave. & Strauss St., 
Brooklyn, NY

Patriarchs of Go-go music move crowds with the help of DC’s own Let Me Clear My Throat MC…

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Free

Vivian Green / Music with a Message / GrandWizzard Theodore

June 29 @ 6:00 pm  9:00 pm
Betsy Head Park 

Dumont Ave. & Strauss St., 
Brooklyn, NY

R&B chanteuse and balladeer delivers feel good upbeat music, with DJ pioneer & inventor of the scratch
Featuring 6pm pre-show workshop with Scratch Academy. …

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Women/Art/Exhibition – Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction 4/15 – 8/13/17

Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction

April 15, 2017–August 13, 2017

Floor Three, Exhibition Galleries
Remarks will be livestreamed at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Making Space shines a spotlight on the stunning achievements of women artists between the end of World War II (1945) and the start of the Feminist movement (around 1968). In the postwar era, societal shifts made it possible for larger numbers of women to work professionally as artists, yet their work was often dismissed in the male dominated art world, and few support networks existed for them. Abstraction dominated artistic practice during these years, as many artists working in the aftermath of World War II sought an international language that might transcend national and regional narratives—and for women artists, additionally, those relating to gender.

Drawn entirely from the Museum’s collection, the exhibition features more than 100 paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, prints, textiles, and ceramics by some 50 artists. Within a trajectory that is at once loosely chronological and synchronous, it includes works that range from the boldly gestural canvases of Lee Krasner, Helen Frankenthaler, and Joan Mitchell; the radical geometries by Lygia Clark, Lygia Pape, and Gego; and the reductive abstractions of Agnes Martin, Anne Truitt, and Jo Baer; to the fiber weavings of Magdalena Abakanowicz, Sheila Hicks, and Lenore Tawney; and the process-oriented sculptures of Lee Bontecou, Louise Bourgeois, and Eva Hesse. The exhibition will also feature many little-known treasures such as collages by Anne Ryan, photographs by Gertrudes Altschul, and recent acquisitions on view for the first time at MoMA by Ruth Asawa, Carol Rama, and Alma Woodsey Thomas.

Organized by Starr Figura, Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, and Sarah Hermanson Meister, Curator, Department of Photography, with Hillary Reder, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Drawings and Prints.

Generous funding for the exhibition is provided by The Modern Women’s Fund.

Additional support is provided by the Annual Exhibition Fund.

MoMA Audio+ is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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DANCE – Women Choreographers – NORTE MAAR CELEBRATES FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SEASON OF COUNTERPOINTE 4/7-9/17 *BKLYN

New York’s Longest Running Series Presenting Exclusively

New Dances by Women Choreographers Making New Work On Pointe

 

 Norte Maar, a committed international think-tank dedicated to the creation, promotion, and presentation of collaborations in the disciplines of the visual, literary, and the performing arts, together with Brooklyn Ballet, present CounterPointe, April 7-9, 2017 in downtown Brooklyn’s The Actors Fund Arts Center. This annual curated performance series features new work by women choreographers for pointe. For this, its fifth anniversary season, 7 women choreographers have been paired with 7 female visual artists to collaborate and create both a new physical and visual work by each–investigating the process of creation, inspiration and development.

 

CounterPointe5 will present collaborations by series curator Julia K. Gleich (Gleich Dances) with artist Elana Herzog, konverjdans with artist Nancy Baker, Brandi Marsh with artist Emily Noelle Lambert, Lynn Parkerson (Brooklyn Ballet) with artist Cornelia Thomsen, Ursula Verduzco with artist Lizzie Scott, Margaret Wiss with artist Noël Hennelly, and Eryn Renee Young (XAOC Contemporary Ballet) with artist Leslie Kerby.

 

Inaugurated in 2012 CounterPointe is focused on the presentation of new works by women choreographers for the pointe shoe. The series has been celebrated for breaking new ground expanding the ballet concert vocabulary, investigating new and historic territory, encouraging discussion and creating a forum for women, young or old, emerging or established, to take artistic risks.

 

“CounterPointe has become the mainstay series featuring new work by women choreographers who continue to push the limits and tradition of ballet,” explains Julia Gleich, Co-Founder of Norte Maar and the originator CounterPointe.  “The series continues to be one of the only in New York City to feature new work by established and emerging women choreographers. The collaborative element, pairing each choreographer with an artist, brings an added inspiring layer to the series offering a fresh new look at the ballet idiom and furthering the collaborative spirit while normalizing the role of women as creative leaders.”

 

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department for Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

 

 

SCHEDULE

Friday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 9 at 4:00 p.m.

 

Post-Performance discussion with the choreographers led by an invited guest will be held Saturday, April 8.

 

TICKET INFO

General admission tickets are $25, Students and seniors, $20. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/counterpointe5-tickets-31237520264.

 

VENUE INFORMATION

The Actors Fund Arts Center is located at 160 Schermerhorn Street in downtown Brooklyn and accessible by A, C, or G trains to Hoyt-Schermerhorn. 2, 3 to Hoyt Street. F, R to Jay St./Metrotech. 4, 5 to Borough Hall.

 

PERFORMANCE NOTES

 

Pas de Deux|Premiere

Presenting company: Brooklyn Ballet

Choreographer: Lynn Parkerson

Visual artist: Cornelia Thomsen

Music: Jean-Phillippe Rameau

Piano: Julius Abrahams

Length: 9.5 minutes

 

Pas de Deux is a mixed-movement duet performed by a ballerina and a gliding hip-hop dancer. The piece explores intimate connections between the two bodies and the two dance vocabularies as well as virtuosity and bravura as implied in the dance’s title “Pas de Deux”. Artist Cornelia Thomsen provides the scenic backdrop, projecting a mélange of stripe paintings underlining the sharp contrast between the dancers but also bind the dancers to each other through stark but vibrant formalism.

 

Bi-Polaris|Premiere

Presenting company: Benjamin Briones Ballet

Choreographer: Ursula Verduzco

Visual artist: Lizzie Scott

Music: Philip Glass

Costumes: UBCostumesandDancewear.com

Length: 7minutes

 

With fear as the driving force, Bi-Polaris d, responds to growing anxiety in uncertain times, and the effect is has on brain and behaviour. With tangible obstacles placed by Visual Artist Lizzie Scott, a new normalcy becomes like a new language- a constant visual struggle, and a palpable hope against falling prey to desperation.

 

Martha Edwards|Premiere

Presenting company: Gleich Dances

Choreographer: Julia K. Gleich

Visual artist: Elana Herzog

Music credit: Country Western selections

 

Old Western movies, remnants, and movement motifs from classic ballet death scenes merge in a collage combining feminine and masculine traits from classic characters, weaving the movement we expect to see in a ballet performance with ideas we hate to love.

 

 

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About Norte Maar

Norte Maar for Collaborative Projects in the Arts is a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization founded in 2004 by curator Jason Andrew and choreographer Julia K. Gleich with a mission to create, promote, and present collaborations in the disciplines of the visual, literary, and the performing arts: connecting artists, choreographers, composers, writers, and other originating artists with venues and each other.

 

About Brooklyn Ballet

Brooklyn Ballet is a professional, not-for-profit dance company dedicated to artistic excellence, education and serving Brooklyn’s diverse communities. The company was founded in February 2002 by Artistic Director Lynn Parkerson, the first of its kind in Brooklyn in more than 40 years. Brooklyn Ballet brings a contemporary vision to the treasured art form of ballet, with repertory and programs that revitalize and re-imagine the classical form. For more information: www.brooklynballet.org

 

About Julia K. Gleich

Julia K. Gleich, curator and choreographer, is a critically acclaimed choreographer, teacher, scholar interested in re-contextualizing ballet. Her company, Gleich Dancesperformed in the UK and US including seasons at The Broadway Theatre, Barking (Arts Council England-supported), NYC’s Joyce SoHo and Centre  for Performance Research with critical notice in The New York Times, Village Voice, The New Criterion and The Brooklyn Rail. She was commissioned to create a site-specific work for the opening of St. Pancras International Eurostar station in 2007. Collaboration is a key part of her creativity. In 2004 she co-founded with curator, Jason Andrew, Norte Maar for Collaborative Projects in the Arts (www.nortemaar.org) in Brooklyn, NY, named by Jerry Saltz as “..the closest thing to the eighties East Village.” Her practice-based research on vectors and dance was published in the Dynamic Body in Space. Her conceptual dance films have been exhibited in NYC, and Singapore. She is an advocate for women in ballet, producing annual CounterPointe performances in NY and London and regularly mentors young choreographers. Ms. Gleich is Head of Choreography at London Studio Centre and technique faculty at Trinity Laban. Her training included: School of American Ballet, the Limón Institute and Cunningham Studio. She has been on faculties of several universities in the US and received the Distinguished Alumna Award 2014 from the University of Utah Fine Arts. She was External Examiner, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, and Master teacher, Hikone Dance Intensive, Japan. In 2016 she was awarded a OneDanceUK Choreographer Observership through English National Ballet. She has presented papers on contemporary issues in ballet at SDHS and CORPS de Ballet International Conferences.

 

 

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Fim Review – GET OUT

Get Out

 

Jordan Peele wants both cultures ( majority culture and that of people of color) to feel like they are on the same page. We see ourselves in those moments and we trust the premise enough to be patient as the story rides out.

 

But the key here is portraying the overreaching white culture as the villain. (Spoiler alert) they so much want to adopt and assume black culture and ability that it is in white families and their neighbors’ interest to inhabit black bodies in the twilight of their lives to remain immortal. Herein lies the dilemma.

True – Whites want to erase minds and adopt advantages, but there is no room for people of color.

Fiction – Whites are doing this as mad scientists and not as assimilators of the culture itself.

As author and social essayist Greg Tate so aptly once put it, {whites} want “everything but the burden” of being black.

They are already assimilating the culture successfully and from afar. Only in “La La Land” is the white pianist saving real jazz, while the characters of color sell it out.

Only in “Get Out” is the TSA agent, played by a actual comedian”, naturally suspicious of white sincerity.

The natural order is upended by black characters only subservient because they are inhabited by white family members. In real life, class is the distinction, not merely racial identity. In the film, being a different skin is only an accident when it is not by choice. They want black people, they just don’t want the real African-rooted culture black people represent. Once blacks are dead, they are free to rule.

 

Technical aspects of the film follow the Blumhouse formula – tight contained script with few characters in a contained environment. A plot that can be described in terms simple enough to provide marketing by word of mouth. No actual stars to overwhelm or outweigh the mechanics of plot.

 

Jordan Peele ( of alleged comedy duo Key & Peele) provides a serviceable script that he ably directs with appropriate date night scares, twists and reversals. But Key & Peele are the only people of color who hate black people more than white people do. Their act is comprised of explaining or buffooning African American culture and examining white observations of the buffoonery. Minstrely without the burnt cork.

Unlike, say Dave Chappelle, they provide the white perspective of black culture, not as much satirizing it as examining the white take of the supposed deficiencies or contradictions. This is “Dave Chappelle Light” – none of the actual content, just the appearance of it.

 

It’s scary, but only because its demonization of the majority culture is a false one, not a metaphor of the actual problem. This is a world where everyone applauds and admires “Moonlight”, but actually buys the tickets only for “LaLa Land.” Just like real life but portrayed ironically, as if we expected otherwise.

 

The actual subtext of Get Out is the demonization of the white liberal as the sellout, not the demonization of the actual conservative corporate majority culture that destroys black bodies as it completely erases any culture that is not the mainstream.

 

White culture can be the villain, but not because it loves and admires non-whites too much.

 

Peele wants everyone on the same page, but that page must always be a white one. The “them” in “them or us” will always be foreign/alien/African at its root.

 

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We Recommend AFROPUNK The Takeover- Harlem Co-Produced by Harlem Stage February 21- 25, 2017

AFROPUNK

The Takeover- Harlem

Co-Produced by Harlem Stage

February 21- 25, 2017

Co-Produced by Harlem Stage, The Apollo Theater and a host of legendary Harlem venues, AFROPUNK commemorates Black History Month by celebrating African-American culture and engaging with contemporary thought and issues, in the New York neighborhood that’s been central to the black American experience for well over a century. AFROPUNK The Takeover – Harlem will present a week-long series of events featuring live musical performances, film screenings, comedy shows, jam sessions and frank discussions on identity, art and protest.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2017

NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE

BLACK JOY AS AN EXPRESSION OF RESISTANCE AND LIBERATION

OPENING PANEL DISCUSSION

7:00PM, FREE (Suggested donation $10)

2031 5th Ave, New York, NY 10035

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The kickoff event of  AFROPUNK The Takeover – Harlem confronts this historic political moment with a conversation about the diverse expression and cultural significance of Black Joy!  With stereotypical images and tropes of “Blackness” inundating today’s media, it is imperative to explore the creative resistance, expression and liberation housed in our joy — on our own terms, in our own words. This panel discussion will explore the ways our various institutions and movements continue to tell our stories and introduce counter-narratives that genuinely celebrate who we are as a people. It will shine a light on  the tools that have helped heal, activate and keep the cultural expressions of our communities unapologetic and liberated.

Participating in the panel will be

Zoe Kravitz, actress/musician

Larry Ossei-Mensah, co-founder of ARTNOIR

Sade Lythcott, CEO of National Black Theatre

Matthew Morgan, Founder of AFROPUNK

Moderated by André D. Singleton, Co-Founder of The Very Black Project

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2017

HARLEM STAGE

TAMAR-KALI: DEMON FRUIT BLUES – A WORK-IN-PROGRESS SHOWING

7:30PM, $15

150 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031

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Connecting the dots between modern day rock, gospel, blues and original African rhythms, Tamar-Kali’s Demon Fruit Blues is a multidisciplinary work that explores and deconstructs interrogates gender binaries, patriarchy and womanhood by examining the origins of misogyny. Through the use of music and movement by Ase Dance Theatre CollectiveDemon Fruit Blues interrogates the ‘curse of womanhood’ in Judeo-Christian ideology and how this perception of the female body reverberates in modern day western society, in an effort to heal a culture of “unspoken” influences that psychically severs the ties between history and culture. This work-in-progress showing will be preceded by the screening of a short film and followed by a panel discussion with the Tamar-kaliAdia Whitaker,  Ashley Brockington, Feminista Jones and more.

 

THE SHED: OPEN JAM SESSION – AFROPUNK EDITION

GIN FIZZ HARLEM

9pm-12am, FREE

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Ranked as one of New York City’s “Top 5 Jam Sessions,” #TheShed is a bi-weekly gathering that takes place at Gin Fizz Harlem. It is the brainchild of Grammy-nominated producer/engineer, AnuSun, and provides a taste of the New Renaissance happening in Harlem, and a launch-pad for emerging musical talent. Join us for the special AFROPUNK Edition of The Shed, you never know who might come through!

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2017

BEARING WITNESS AS PROTEST

THE STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM

6PM-8:30PM, $7 GA/ $3 Students

144 West 125th Street, New York, New York

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Explore current and historical expressions of dissent in contemporary art at The Window and The Breaking of the Window and Circa 1970, two current exhibitions at The Studio Museum. The evening will begin with a guided walk-through the exhibitions, followed by a public dialogue on bearing witness as an act of protest, and on the actions needed to create the path ahead.

The discussion will be a public dialogue about bearing witness as an act of protest with members of Harlem CopwatchOasa DuVerney (Featured artist in The Window and the Breaking of the Window) and moderated by Chaédria LaBouvier (creator of Basquiat’s Defacement).

AFROPUNK & JILL NEWMAN PRODUCTIONS present A Night Of Comedy Featuring Gina Yashere Doors: 9:00PM; Show: 9:30PM, $20 ADV/$25 DOS GINNY’S SUPPER CLUB at Red Rooster  310 Lenox Avenue, New York, NY 10027 Purchase Tickets Now

AFROPUNK and Jill Newman Productions are collaborating to present – AFROPUNK Comedy featuring Nigerian-UK comic Gina Yashere. Gina Yashere is a stand up Comedian and TV star from the UK that broke onto the American scene in NBC’s Last Comic Standing. She has appeared on Def Comedy Jam. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Nightly Show on Comedy Central and in her 1 hour Stand Up Special on Showtime, Skinny B*tch.  Kevin Avery is a comedian and Emmy award-winning writer. His writing credits include HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, VH1′s Best Week Ever and the critically acclaimed FX original series, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, on which he had the distinction of serving as head writer.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2017

AFROPUNK  & THE CINEMA AT THE MAYSLES DOCUMENTARY CENTER present a screening of

THE TALK – RACE IN AMERICA

6:30PM; $10 Donation

THE CINEMA AT MAYSLES DOCUMENTARY CENTER

343 Lenox Avenue, New York, NY, 10027

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The Talk – Race in America – a documentary about the increasingly common conversation taking place in homes and communities across the country between parents of color and their children, about how to behave if they are ever stopped by the police. The film profiles, Dr. Christi GriffinSamaria Rice, mother of Tamir Rice, who was a 12-year-old boy killed by the Cleveland police while playing with a toy gun in a local park;Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President and retired New York police officer, Kenya Barris, creator/executive producer of Peabody Award-winning ABC series black-ishNas, musician/activist, John Singleton, director/screenwriter/producer; and Charles Blow, New York Times Op-Ed columnist.

MAD FREE & AFROPUNK present The Hair Tales:  An Appropriation Conversation

Harlem Stage

7:30pm; $15

150 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031

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Cultural critic and image activist Michaela Angela Davis teams up with Franchesca Ramsey, actress/comedian/provocateur and creator of the YouTube sensation Shit White Girls Say to Black Girls, to engage in a candid and kinky communal conversation about Black Girl hair culture in the age of  #BlackGirlMagic & #BlackLivesMatter. Designed as a Pan-African Parisian Salon, the evening will feature improvisational braiding by Ancestral Strands, exclusive set pieces by Enitan Vintage, cocktails and YOU.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2017

THE APOLLO THEATER

AFROPUNK: “UNAPOLOGETICALLY BLACK” THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN SONGBOOK REMIXED, A CELEBRATION OF BLACK PROTEST MUSIC

7:30PM, Tickets start at $33.50

253 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027

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Creative & Musical Direction by Robert Glasper

With Igmar Thomas & The Revive Big Band

Featuring Special Guests

Bilal,  Toshi Reagon, Staceyann Chin, Jill Scott, Tunde Adebimpe (TV ON THE RADIO) and more

AFROPUNK pays homage to black protest music and iconic and contemporary artists who have celebrated the power of being unapologetically black.

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We’re launching a major video campaign today! As you may know, the new administration is threatening to cut all federal funding for the arts. We can’t let this happen. In times like these, artists voices matter more than ever. Artists are here to shed light on the important issues communities face today. Art brings communities together, drives local economy, encourages creativity and diversity, promotes education, and challenges important issues like hatred, racism, sexism, anti-semitism, and more.

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#HAFARTIST TALKS:

SAMORA PINDERHUGHES ON ART AND ACTIVISM

As a Harlem transplant, Pinderhughes recognizes that his presence in the historic neighborhood is “a complicated reality.” He recognizes that the same struggle with gentrification in Harlem is happening in the San Francisco Bay Area, where Pinderhughes was raised.
We sat down with Samora to learn more about his most recent acclaimed album, The Transformations Suite, and his thoughts on art and activism.

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THINGS WE LOVE

HAF ARTIST NEWS + UPCOMING GREAT EVENTS!

NEW ARTIST TRACK: LI’L LIZA JANE

In anticipation of their forthcoming mixtape, #HAF2015 Artist Sammy Miller and the Congregation released the 1st track of the mixtape! Listen to it on Spotify by clicking the image above or here — it’ll get the party started! Be sure to check out their upcoming tour dates on their website as they’ll be touring around the country. For everyone in New York, the release party will be next Sunday, February 26th at The Woods, 8 PM. It’ll be quite a party.!

EDDIE PALMIERI: CELEBRATING 80 YEARS

March 3-4 @ 8pm, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Rose Theater

Eddie Palmieri is an incomparable performer and bandleader of some of the most energetic concerts in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s history. This season, the NEA Jazz Master and nine-time Grammy Award-winner continues his fast-paced career in Rose Theater for an 80th birthday blowout. One of the finest pianists of the past 50 years, Palmieri is a bandleader, arranger, and composer known for skillfully fusing complex jazz harmonies with the rhythms of his Puerto Rican heritage and of various Afro-Latin and Afro-Caribbean fusions.

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UPTOWN ARTS STROLL: CALLING ARTISTS AND VENDORS!

The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance has announced a call for artists and all kinds of participants for the 15th Uptown Arts Stroll, in Washington Heights-Inwood and West Harlem, from West 135th to 220th Street, in June. The stroll showcases the painters, photographers, writers, musicians, sculptors, actors, dancers and filmmakers in Northern Manhattan from May 31 to June 30, 2017, with $1,000 goes to this year’s Uptown Arts Stroll poster contest winner, exclusive graphic representation on all publications throughout the month-long arts fest, and more!
The deadline is this Friday, February 24th, so check out the links below to find out more!

How To Participate >
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Contact artstroll@nomaanyc.org with any questions.

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Dance – DANCER AND EDUCATOR THERESA RUTH HOWARD LAUNCHES MOBBALLET: A DIGITAL ARCHIVE PRESERVING THE LEGACY OF BLACK BALLET

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MoBBallet’s Roll Call is a list of professional black ballet dancers that today features 301 names and is growing as black ballet artists submit their names. The site also houses an E–Zine that features insights on issues affecting both the ballet world and society such as diversity and inclusion –and a timeline that spans the history of black ballet from 1919 to present day.

 

DANCER AND EDUCATOR THERESA RUTH HOWARD LAUNCHES MOBBALLET: A DIGITAL ARCHIVE PRESERVING THE LEGACY OF BLACK BALLET

Initiative Creates a Shift in Perspective on the Current Conversation around Diversity in Ballet through Stories of Current and Past Black Professional Ballet Dancers

Dancer Theresa Ruth Howard announces the launch of Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet (MoBBallet), a groundbreaking legacy project documenting and transforming conversations around black ballet artists. The initiative will focus on bringing visibility to the lesser-known history of black ballet dancers around the world through video profiles, essays and archival data which capture the artistry and humanity of black ballet dancers. At launch, MoBBallet’s website houses a community sourced Roll Call which lists the names of black ballet dancers past and present, a digital timeline that places historical moments in black ballet history next to key events in world history, and an E-Zine that sheds light on issues affecting the ballet community and society at large.

 

The recipient of a $50,000 grant from the Knight Foundation, MoBBallet’s first anchor project, the Philadelphia Project, will document the stories of four Philadelphia trained black ballerinas— including Joan Myers Brown, founder of The Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO!), Delores Browne from the New York Negro Ballet Company and Judith Jamison, Artistic Director Emerita of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Coinciding with the launch of MoBBallet, founder Theresa Ruth Howard will serve as keynote speaker at Dutch National Ballet’s Positioning Ballet conference on February 11th, where she will officially introduce MoBBallet’s mission to promote larger discussions within the international dance community around the stories of black ballet dancers. A select group of leading artistic directors from America, Europe, Asia and Russia have been invited to attend the conference.

“Diversity in Ballet in America is a very specific challenge given our racial history” remarks Howard. “The histories and demographics of each of the companies that will be represented during Positioning Ballet are just as specific. This is an unprecedented opportunity to see and hear what their issues are regarding diversity in the field.”

To date, MoBBallet has captured over 301 names to the Roll Call and calls for professional black ballet dancers not already on the list to add their names. MoBBallet’s archival information covers important moments in the history of black ballet from 1919 to present day.

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ABOUT MOBBALLET Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet (MoBBallet) is a non-profit organization that is building a digital archive where the history of blacks in professional ballet can be preserved. Founded by ballerina Theresa Ruth Howard, MoBBallet facilitates authentic dialogues on diversity, equality and aesthetics through workshops, panels and video profiles of both iconic and emerging black ballet dancers. The online archive provides timelines of important moments in the history of black ballet and juxtaposes them against key moments in world history. The Roll Call initiative is an ever-expanding list of black ballet dancers past and present –E-Zine brings visibility to issues that loom large in both the ballet world and society such as diversity and inclusion.
ABOUT THERESA RUTH HOWARD Founder of MoBBallet, Theresa Ruth Howard is an expert and advocate on the issue of diversity in Ballet. She has sat on panels for Dance/USA, Dance/NYC, Collegium for African Diaspora Dance at Duke University, and collaborated with International Association of Blacks in Dance in the planning and facilitation of the first Ballet Audition for female ballet dancers of color. A former member of the Dance Theater of Harlem, and Armitage Gone! Dance, Howard has worked extensively with choreographer Donald Byrd, and was a guest artist with Complexions Contemporary Ballet. As a contributor to Pointe, Expressions (Italy), Tanz (Germany) and dance media publications, Howard has emerged as a clear and defining voice on topics such as body image and race. She holds more than 17 years of experience as a dance educator including Ballet Faculty at the Ailey School.

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