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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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Dance/Opportunity – Contemporary Intensive, International Independent Study Program and The School at Steps Summer Intensive Seek Talent with International Audition Tour 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

STEPS ON BROADWAY IS THE DESTINATION FOR PROFESSIONAL AND INTENSIVE DANCE TRAINING

Steps Conservatory, Summer Study NYC: A Contemporary Intensive, International Independent Study Program and The School at Steps Summer Intensive Seek Talent with International Audition Tour 

 Steps on Broadway, NYC’s legendary professional dance center committed to training and maintaining the integrity of the art form, increases their international reach with a first-time national and international audition tour. Led by newly appointed Student Programs Audition Director, Davis Robertson, under the direction of Mindy Upin Jackson, Director of Professional Training Programs, and Kate Thomas, Director of The School at Steps, a 12-city tour is underway through early Spring and offers the dedicated dancer various opportunities for study during the summer months and beyond.  Through intensive training, performance, and evaluations, these intimate curriculum-based programs, Summer Study NYC: A Contemporary Intensive, Steps Conservatory, and the International Independent Study Program, create polished, versatile dancers brimming with the confidence and enthusiasm to enter the highly competitive world of concert and commercial dance. The audition tour will also be recruiting students for The School at Steps’ Senior Summer Intensive, for aspiring professional dancers ages 15-18.

“While we are a home for local dancers to maintain their training, our carefully curated programs utilize the expansive network we have built at Steps, and open our doors to dancers from all over the world throughout the year,” explains Diane Grumet, Co-Artistic Director of Steps on Broadway. “These summer programs give dancers an important next step in their training—broadening their home studio or university training with leading choreographers and artists in the dance capital of the world that is New York City.”

Summer Study NYC: A Contemporary Intensive (ages 18 and older) is specifically designed for the dancer preparing for a professional career. This program offers intermediate and advanced dancers, one or two 4-week sessions with classes taught by world-renowned contemporary masters as well as by our illustrious faculty. This intensive is designed to strengthen technique and artistry and provide an introduction to NYC’s professional dance community. Students take 17 classes per week including technique, Steps with Contemporary Masters, Creative Tools, and Performance Skills, and build relationships with at least nine Artistic Directors and Contemporary choreographers in each session. Students from past summers have been hired by Heidi Latsky Dance, Janis Brenner & Dancers, have freelanced with Francesca Harper, and been awarded apprenticeships with Rioult Dance NY. Upon fulfilling program requirements, students receive a Certificate of Completion at their final performance.

Steps Conservatory (ages 17-24) is a two-year curriculum-based intensive program specifically designed to strengthen technique and artistry, thus preparing the dancer for a professional career in either the concert or commercial dance world. Dancers in the Conservatory take 15-18 weekly classes from our daily schedule as well as private Performance Enrichment workshops, such as vocal training, health and wellness, repertory, composition, dance history, career development, and much more. Over the two years, students build a professional network, thereby positioning themselves for future employment. The program provides an introduction to NYC’s professional dance community, not only through study but also through multiple performance opportunities throughout the four semesters. Upon fulfilling program requirements, students receive a Certificate of Completion.

International Independent Study Program (ages 18-35) is designed so that each participant has the flexibility to create their own class schedule and experience New York City’s dance community in motion. This M-1 visa program is designed for dancers and dance educators at the intermediate to professional level, who want to explore the diversity of techniques and styles Steps has to offer. To date, the program has hosted dancers from Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Argentina, United Kingdom, Spain, Morocco, Hungary, Austria, Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, France, Italy, Australia, Ukraine, Israel, Lebanon, Uzbekistan, India, South Africa, Japan, and Taiwan. Students may join the program for three, six or twelve months.

The School at Steps Summer Intensives offer a rigorous multidisciplinary curriculum for the aspiring professional dancer. A minimum of four to five years of significant ballet training is required. Students are placed by audition in either the Junior (ages 9-12) or Senior Intensive (ages 12-18) based on age and ability, each with their own set of core classes and minimum class requirements. Daily classes in ballet and pointe are supplemented with pas de deux, variations, contemporary partnering, repertory, coaching, theater dance, jazz, hip hop, and Horton-based modern. Each session culminates in a studio performance.

AUDITION SCHEDULE AND INFORMATION
MEXICO: Escuela Cubana de Ballet de Veracruz, March 13
CHINA: The Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, March 18
NEW YORK: Steps on Broadway, March 18, and May 13
NEW YORK: The School at Steps, February 25, March 4, March 18, April 8, and May 6
BOSTON: Boston Conservatory at Berklee, April 2
CHICAGO: Lou Conte Dance Studios/Hubbard Street Dance Center, April 22
JACKSONVILLE, FL: Florida Ballet, April 22
FLORIDA: Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, April 23

Dancers in Sydney, Australia, Florence, Genova, Milan, Urbino and Ravenna Italy have already auditioned.

For the full audition tour and information, visit http://www.stepsnyc.com/professional-training-programs/

PROGRAM LOCATION
All classes will take place at Steps on Broadway, located at 2121 Broadway between 74th and 75thStreets and is accessible by the 1,2,3, C, and B trains to 72nd Street.

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ABOUT STEPS ON BROADWAY
Founded by Carol Paumgarten in 1979, Steps on Broadway is an internationally recognized training center providing excellence in programming that supports the art and the artist. Steps is home to more than 250 world-renowned teachers who offer over 300 dance and exercise classes a week. Throughout the year, Steps incorporates guest artists, special master classes, performances and special events. For over three decades Steps has been a training ground for generations of aspiring and professional dancers. Steps also offers professional training programs which include the two-year Steps Conservatory, Summer Study NYC, International Independent Study Program, and Steps’ Steele Pilates Teacher Mat Certification.

ABOUT THE SCHOOL AT STEPS
Directed by Kate Thomas, The School at Steps cultivates young dancers, ages 18 mos. – 18 yrs., from their first step in a dance studio through their pre-professional training. Students discover their individual artistic voices in a creative environment with the guidance of an internationally recognized faculty. The personal attention the school provides encourages students to mature as dancers, grow as individuals, and enrich their passion for the art form. School at Steps graduates go on to dance with professional companies, study at top college dance programs, and perform on Broadway.

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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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Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ 60th Annual Global Gathering Runs Friday-Tuesday January 6-10   Artists, Sessions and EXPO at New York Hilton Midtown and Sheraton New York Times Square  More than 1000 Performance Showcases Dance, Music, Theater

APAPNYC 2017 Starts Today

Association of Performing Arts Presenters’

60th Annual Global Gathering Runs FridayTuesday January 6-10
Artists Speak, Sessions and EXPO at New York Hilton Midtown and Sheraton New York Times Square 

More than 1000 Performance Showcases of Dance, Music, Theater and More at Venues around New York City

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) launches the world’s leading global performing arts convening and members conference (APAPNYC 2017) January 6-10, and its preconference January continues 6.  Many aspects are open to the public including most free preconference workshops and forums, daily live streamed conference plenary sessions featuring artists and leaders of culture, a free classical music concert at Carnegie Hall Monday night, and performances of dance, music, theater and more at venues in and around New York.
The members conference opening plenary begins at 5:00 pm Friday,  and also includes an annual awards luncheon honoring awardees, including Laurie Anderson, Monday at noon, and the world’s largest live arts marketplace in the EXPO Hall. Celebrating its 60th year, the conference and gathering—themed FLOW—will draw 3600 performing arts professionals who contribute to the flow of creativity, business, and the dynamic thinking that will move forward the performing arts industry and the individuals who comprise it. Performing arts leaders, artists, managers, agents, presenters and other industry professionals from more than 30 nations and all 50 U.S. states are gathering now in New York City to discuss important trends in performing arts, explore challenges and opportunities anticipated for the future, and to conduct business by showcasing artists and connecting them to audiences in the U.S. and around the world.
 

WHEN:                 APAP|NYC 2017 is January 6 -10, 2017 (opening plenary begins at 5:00 p.m.Friday and the conference wraps at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday); the preconference continues January 6 (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Friday). See all times and dates of events and EXPO Hours at APAPNYC.org.
WHAT:                 Every January, APAP|NYC is where performing arts professionals gather to explore and present the best and newest of dance, music, theater—all disciplines and genres— at APAP’s annual membership conference and preconference. APAP|NYC features more than 1000 world-class artist showcases held around the city; an EXPO Hall boasting nearly 400 booths, the world’s largest performing arts marketplace; dozens of professional development sessions, keynote speakers including well known and cutting edge artists and arts leaders; and preconference forums, many of which are free and open to the public.
APAP|NYC 2017 will bring together the artistry, industry and community of the performing arts to enhance the creativity, knowledge and experience of artists, agents, managers and presenters, and affirm the transformative power of the performing arts.  See more about the conference atAPAPNYC.org@APAP365, #APAPNYC and Facebook.com/APAPNYC. APAP membership information is at APAP365.org. APAPNYC is also an integral part of  January In NYC, the most comprehensive annual celebration of the performing arts around the globe and annual convergence of 12 major performing arts industry forums and public festivals. For 2017 event dates and descriptions of all 12 partnering events running between January 3 and January 22, visit JanuaryInNYC.org.
WHERE:               New York City at the New York Hilton Midtown and Sheraton New York Times Square.

Showcases take place at venues around the city. The media desk is at the Hilton, Floor 2.
WHY:                    APAP is the national service, advocacy and membership organization dedicated to developing and supporting a robust performing arts presenting field and the professionals who work within it. More than 1600 APAP members represent leading performing arts centers, municipal and university performing arts facilities, culturally specific organizations, foreign governments, artist agencies, managers, touring companies, consultants and self-represented artists.

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We Recommend : Support A Woman Filmmaker on Indiegogo

Creative Block: A New Bilingual Film
A short film about creativity: having it, losing it, and going the distance to get it back again.

Nicola Rose
New York, United States
$2,300 USD raised by 101 backers
27% of $8,500

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OVERVIEW
Creative Block is a short film about creativity and what happens when we lose it. It’s about the distance we’ll go to get it back again, and the people we invest our trust in along the way – maybe to be disappointed, maybe to come out stronger at the other end.

I’m Nicola Rose, producer of Creative Block, and I need your help to finish my film. We’ve shot one day of principal photography in Paris, France, and now we have the rest to do in NYC. I hope you’ll consider helping me fund it.

Slideshow of our first filming day in Paris, Nov. 4, 2016

Creative Block: the story (in English and French) / Bloc et Blocage: L’histoire (en anglais et français)

A short film weaving surrealism into everyday life, Creative Block (French title Bloc et Blocage) introduces us to Claire, a young artist and puppet-maker in New York. One day, she suffers a huge rupture in her creative thought, leading to depression. She soon becomes convinced the only cure is the art of another: Thibaut, a figure skater in Paris. Spellbound by the artistry of this athlete she only knows from TV, Claire impulsively goes to Paris herself. There, she discovers the unexpected: Thibaut, too, is suffering from creative block. At that point, it’s up to Claire to find the road back to her own creativity: a road strewn with disappointments, revelations … and balloons.

Court-métrage bilingue mêlant surréalisme et sentiments du quotidien, Creative Block (en français Bloc et Blocage) raconte un moment important dans la vie de Claire, jeune artiste et créatrice de marionnettes vivant à Manhattan. La jeune femme réalise qu’elle souffre d’une grande rupture dans sa vie créatrice et que le seul remède est l’art d’un autre. Celui de Thibaut, un patineur artistique vivant à Paris. Bouleversée par la personnalité artistique de ce dernier qu’elle ne connait qu’à travers la télévision, Claire, n’écoutant que ses pulsions, se rend à Paris. Elle y découvre l’inattendu : Thibaut, souffre de son propre blocage artistique ! C’est dorénavant à Claire de trouver la route qui la ramènera à sa propre créativité : une route bordée de déceptions, de révélations… et de ballons.

About the Filmmaker

Nicola Rose is a producer, director and actress in New York City. She is the creator of the short form comedy webseries Callie & Izzy, about a girl with a puppet growing out of her hand (you can see a couple of her favorite episodes below). She is also the creator of a musical, Aisle Six, which premiered Off-Broadway at NYC’s Lynn Redgrave Theater in 2013. In addition, she works as a professional puppeteer in NYC, performing frequently for the New York  Public Library, American Scandinavian Foundation, children’s museums, schools and more. She is a graduate of Columbia University and the Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle in Paris.

What we’ve done so far… and what we need now:

In November 2016, thanks to talented director Véronique Doumbé and a formidable production team in Paris, France, we shot the “French part” of our film! Needless to say, that was the most complicated part logistically (since I am based in New York). But from a technical standpoint, it was the simplest. That means the rest, the “New York part” of the film, is what will cost. We will need your help to cover the following:

  • Compensation of cast and crew
  • Equipment rental
  • Location rental
  • Construction and purchase of props
  • Insurance
  • Transportation
  • Meals for crew and cast
  • Post-production (editing, color, additional after-effects, music, subtitling)

How you can help, and what you get:

EVERY DOLLAR HELPS! I’m serious: Every. Single. Dollar. I’ve learned this from running (and donating to) prior campaigns. If you want to donate, but can only donate one dollar or euro, DO IT! It will pay for several minutes at a location; several batteries for equipment; postcards for publicity; part of a prop; a small portion of work from a crew member… you get the idea. EVERYTHING you donate will ease the burden on our producer (aka me) ;), and you’ll be helping us to make a better film that YOU, with any luck, will love.

I’ve paid personally for what we’ve done so far, and I’d gladly do the same for the rest – but I can’t. 🙂 And that’s why I need you.

Please see the sidebar for the perks your donations will get you. I had fun thinking them up, and I hope you’ll enjoy receiving them as well!

What’s next?

Once financially able, we will begin shooting our New York scenes, which make up the majority of the film. We aim to finish production by mid-2017 and post-production later in the year, so that with any luck, the film will be finished and en route to festivals before 2018. Meanwhile, I am maintaining a “making-of” Tumblr about the film, which you can follow at http://creativeblockfilm.tumblr.com.

 

Thank you! / Questions?

First of all, thank you for reading this far! If you’ve done so, that means you’re at least considering us. Second of all, thanks for listening — for being curious, and for considering this little film about creativity, depression and balloons. We hope you donate, but even if you don’t, we’re honored you thought of us.

If you have any questions at all, please email me at nicolarosemail@gmail.com.

 

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NYC High School Students: Submit Dance Films for an Opportunity to Screen at Dance on Camera Festival!

APPLY BY JANUARY 15

Submissions are now open for Capturing Motion NYC, Dance Films Association’s annual workshop series and dance film competition for students!

High school students from any of NYC’s five boroughs may submit dance films between 1-5 minutes in length. Our call for submissions will be open until January 15, 2017. Finalists and the winning film will screen at the 45th Annual Dance on Camera Festival (February 3 ‒ 7,2017) co-presented by Dance Films Association and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. In addition, DFA will partner with Choreoscope International Dance Film Festival in Barcelona, Spain to present the Capturing Motion NYC winning film.

Films should be between 1-5 minutes in length and feature dance as the main component. We accept dance films of all genres that address the relationship between dance and the camera. Any subject may serve as inspiration: social or street dance, dance in religious settings, professional dance, or non-dance images filmed so that they evoke dance, choreography, and movement in imaginative ways.

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Theatre/Profiles: Audelco Award Nominee WALK HARD actress Gabrielle C. Archer

The Audelco Awards are the Independent Black Theatre Awards equivalent to the TONY’S.

On Nov. 21, the 44th Annual Vivian Robinson AUDELCO Recognition Awards for Excellence in Black Theatre will be  given in Neew York City, New York, at Symphony Space.

Vivian Robinson established AUDELCO (Audience Development Committee) as a non-profit membership organization in 1973. At the time, the AUDELCO awards were the only awards ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans in the fields of theatre and dance. The principal mission of the AUDELCO Awards is to enhance a comprehension of the arts in African-American communities. The AUDELCO Awards also aim to generate new audiences for non-profit theatre companies and to ensure better public relations.

We had a chance to interview one of the RISING stars, actress Gabrielle C. Archer

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Describe your latest play and your role:

This past Spring I played Ruth in Walk Hard directed by Imani Douglas and written by Abraham Hill, founder of the American Negro Theatre. Ruth is girlfriend to protagonist, Andy Whitman. Andy is a bright but stubborn shine boy turned boxer in Jim Crow New York. The battles inside the ring mirror those outside of it. I believe Ruth to be the moral compass of the play and for Andy. She tries to keep him focused but cool headed & reasonable. She believes power is in organizing. She is part of the nascent movement of unions budding in the late 30s. 

I loved Ruth. She is a strong and powerful woman. A wise and tender soul with whom I nonetheless parted ways in the play’s finale. In my mind, I thought her final words were a bit of a sell out. She speaks of the struggle being that of poor people in general. True words that are a bit All Lives Matter to me. An actor mustn’t judge his character, though, but rather try his best to understand him. Those were my personal feelings, I kept them separate. At the end of the day she was her own kind of warrior and Andy’s rock. 

I was really honored to be part of a team of  much more experienced and talented actors  in a little downtown theatre with a lot of repute with regards to show-casing challenging, subversive, engaging and political pieces. The Metropolitan Playhouse always hosts talk backs after the Sundaymatinees of every run. These talk-backs are enlightening. On our last talk back we had the delightful surprise of having playwright Mr Hill’s family there to exchange ideas and reactions. It’ll always be one of my proudest moment having them express great pleasure at our telling of the story. It was a fun and growing experience all in all.

You have done a lot of theatre work . Is the stage your preferred platform?

I’ve mainly done theatre, yes. I haven’t fully delved into the world of film. I have done a few indies but I do feel more comfortable on stage. By comfortable I by no means mean that I don’t get utterly nervous each time I do a play, but I like the continuity and chronology of stage work. Once you step on that stage there is no turning back -you have to be in every moment till the curtain goes down. Film is very intimate and requires different techniques I must hone. I plan on increasing my experience in that field. 

You notched Shakespeare on your belt in CORIOLANUS. 

Explain the attraction of Shakespeare for actors.

It’s the great frontier. He is a poet, a master of language and story-telling. Shakespearian language is intimidating but beautiful and fun. I’ve always loved language for language itself and anyone who does can appreciate the rhythm, music of Shakespeare’s tales. 

Actors are always training. what are you studying now?

I hadn’t taken a class in far too long (it’s expensive and I figured let me get in there and learn by dong it and doing it with experienced, better actors to keep me on my toes). But acting is a muscle that must constantly be worked out in order not to atrophy. No excuses.

 I got lucky and came upon Alice Spivak through an actor friend of mine. She has been in the industry for a long time and studied with the classic teachers. Her class is very enjoyable and challenging. She is tender and knowledgeable. I am at the moment juggling with 4( soon to be 5) characters ranging from Shakespeare to Chekhov to Neil Simon. It’s great fun being in a class of broad age range and an array of talent from advanced to professional.

How is it? do you have a preferred style or method? what and why? 

Alice bases her teaching on the Stanislavsky technique but strays from it as well. She’s brilliant! Studying your craft is so important but I believe in using tools from all techniques and mixing it up for whatever works for you in a given circumstance. 

The interview continues below…

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What’s worth the fight?

Walk Hard
by Abram Hill
February 19 – March 20, 2016

A bright young man with quick fists is given the shot to be a champion boxer… if he is willing to accept the racist rules that govern America of the 1930’s.

A play from the co-founder of the
American Negro Theater.

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Featuring:
Frank Anderson*
Gabrielle C. Archer
Craig Anthony Bannister*
Michael Basile*
Sean Michael Buckley*
Chris Krause
Beethovan Oden*
Joshua David Scarlett
Vanessa Shaw
Joy Sudduth
Peter Tedeschi*
Kim Yancey-Moore*

Crew:
DIRECTOR Imani
STAGE MANAGER  William Vann Carlton*
LIGHTING Melody Beal
COSTUME  Sidney Fortner
SOUND  Bill Toles
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR  LaVonda Elam

*These actors and stage manager appear courtesy of
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You are fluent in French and studied at the Sorbonne. What was that experience like?

I used my year abroad to go home for a year and live alone. I studied Literature, Psychology and a bit of Film at the Sorbonne and at Paris X Nanterre University (where my mother went). These schools are polar opposites. The Sorbonne is a prestigious and picturesque school in the heart of Paris whereas Nanterre is a large, more modern public university with little architectural charm on the outskirts of the city. Both are good and have historical value. I enjoyed going from one to the other and learned from each. I preferred Nanterre which had more warmth -in my experience- than the Sorbonne with its intimidating cold marble floors and quiet hallways. The classes there were challenging and mind-titillating. Nanterre was vibrant with more diverse, “on the fringe”, young  minds. 

Paris is just as contrasted and contradictory. You can get lost in the streets of Paris for hours on end…  It is eternally beautiful but within it is a lot of sadness, dissatisfaction, anger and divide. It’s still one of the prettiest places I’ve ever seen. I saw a lot of ugly, but Paris has timeless charm, great food, culture and love of Philosophy*. (*that endless search for truth/knowledge)

You have also directed and recently started in production as well. Does that appeal to you? Why or why not?

I’d like to do more of both. Any production is good, hard team work. We’re all essential pieces of a puzzle. I’m interested in seeing all sides of things. Learning more about every aspect of my industry can only help me in my craft.

Producing is multitasking and problem solving. Developing those skills is interesting to me and will be useful. 

Directing is multi-tasking but it’s more focused. You are painting a picture. As of now, I still have work to do in terms of seeing and creating a Vision. But I can do detail -I’m an actor- so, I’m more of an actor’s director. I know how to speak to my fellow actors in order to bring out what’s needed for the overall picture. There is a language we share, an energy and a deep understanding. I need more notches on my belt to really feel comfortable with the title of director. It was a scary and very fulfilling to manage a 12 person cast under pressure. My mentor at the time would just say, “You have to make a decision. It’s going up.”

That was a great learning experience for me and I can’t wait to get another opportunity to gain more confidence and skill in that realm. 

Describe your training and background.

I’m born in Paris. Left there when I was 7 and came to New York. I went to the French Lycée, graduated with a Literature/Philosophy Baccalaureat. I then attended Amherst College (even kicked it with Lupita!). I then moved back to New York and kind of threw myself into it in a non orthodox way. I started with community theatre in Brooklyn, working with a church-based theatre troupe on a one act play called One Hour 2 Live. It told the story of a young man -a gang recruit- on death row visited by a pastor who wants to reconcile him with his devastating actions. The young man is also visited by his victims. Two of the three victims are acquaintances and I, the third, played a complete stranger. I represented a future cut short as well as the daughter he would have had. The young man is forced to delve into his past and the psychology behind what brought him to this point. It was a very powerful play which we performed throughout the boroughs and New Jersey at middle and high schools, churches, community and family centers etc. We’d have talk backs with the children (and often the boys would go off with the male actors) as well as with community leaders and mothers/family members affected by incarceration and the consequences of gang activity. We even performed at Rikers. (I had mixed feelings about that.) It was a very emotional and (sometimes) fulfilling experience. 

This is people’s real lives- it’s tough. If we were able to reach just one kid in that crowd and inspire them to stay focused, know their worth then it was worth it.  

I did that for four years and then worked an entire year on a play that would be my debut as a young professional actress (Agnes of God). It very abruptly and at the very last minute fell through and that was a painful (even a bit traumatizing) experience. But through it I met my friend and mentor, Leslie Dockery (a broadway vet, dancer, choreographer extraordinaire) and through her I found a whole community of mentors with 30 years of experience under their belt who have embraced me. I’m the baby in the group and have a ways to go. But this vet black theatre community seems to have taken me under their wing and I am blessed to have that support. My journey brought me to Imani Douglas, the Castillo Theatre (which is volunteer based with strong youth community involvement)  and, finally, the Metropolitan Playhouse which is a prestigious little downtown theatre. Simultaneously, in indie film I have found a network of young, ambitious like-minded creators and story-tellers. 

I hope to keep expanding my horizons and make proud all the people who have helped me along the way. I’ve been lucky to have them. 

What does the Audelco nomination mean to you?

The AUDELCO (Audience Development Commitee, Inc.) Recognition Awards or the “Viv Awards” (a wink to founder Vivian Robinson)  honors excellence in the black theatre at professional and non-for-profit levels. It is a pioneer organization, based out of Harlem, that has been around since the 70’s & has awarded many of the greats of the African-American theatre community (such as composer Eubie Blake, choreographer Debbie Allen and even Kerry Washington before Scandal).  It’s like the black Tony Awards! This’ll be my second time going. The first time I went as co-director of a new play Leslie Dockery and I put up at Theatre for The New  City in downtown Manhattan. She was up for Best Choreography and won! That was exciting. She’s been around for a while now and I’m lucky to call her big sister, mentor and friend.

I definitely felt Walk Hard deserved a nod or some recognition because the talent was top-notch and the story is inspiring and quite relevant to today. It was a happy and humbling surprise to find out we were nominated for Best Revival! 

Keeps raising the bar for me which is always the goal and I get to be around and part of yet another piece of Black History.

You come from an illustrious family background. Explain.

Growing up I had the blessing of calling a living piece of history my grand-father or G-daddy -as my sister and I liked to call him. He was our very own piece of World, American and Black History!

My grand-father, Lee Andrew Archer was a Tuskeegee Airman. He was part of the 332nd Fighter Group and became the first black Ace (he shot down 5 enemy fighter aircraft). He flew the “Macon Belle” named after my beautiful grand-mother, Ina, born in Macon, Georgia. He later maintained a career in the US Airforce as a Lieutenant Colonel. After retiring from the military, he became a successful business man and mentor to other successful black business men. In 2004 he received the French Legion of Honor. That was a proud day for us as a family. I remember being there on the coast of Normandy and being thrilled at just how unique and special he was. In 2007 he received the Congressional Medal. At the end of the day, though, he was just our grand-daddy who provided us with a great family foundation and a lucky childhood. We knew how cool he was but naturally, in retrospect and as I get older, I regret not having asked more questions. I just hope to continue to make him proud and share his story and strong legacy. Y parents are also diplomats and writers.

Do you have a specific plan for the future?

I want to venture more into film and work on television eventually. I want to experience what the industry is like in Atlanta and then L.A. I’d love to do a French film. French cinema (especially the New Wave era) has always been inspiring to me. 

Essentially, I want to continue expanding my horizons while working on inspiring projects and telling unique and/or important stories.

Right now I’m working on Miranda –  a film that will bring awareness to domestic abuse. The talent is immense but the funds are limited. If anyone would like to help bring this project to fruition please go to www.gofundme.com/mirandamovie and you can check out director’s previous work at kentsuttton.com. Thanks for the support!

What was your most satisfying performance to you?

I really enjoyed playing “One Dropper” Emma in One Drop a piece by Andrea Fulton set in 1800s Louisiana. It’s based on her family history and tells of an African-American couple who chose to stay in their community and prosper rather than leave and pass. It spoke to me on a very deep level. I particularly liked how beautifully it communicated a part of Black History to children and all ages through original New Orleans music and classical story-telling form.

I think performing for the youth earlier in my career was the most fulfilling for me. Children are our most important and essential resource. To have them come talk to us after each show, just looking to connect, receive advice, inspiration, motivation, recognition, things we all need and deserve, was very rewarding. One Hour 2 Live was a tough play (written by a pastor in Brooklyn tired of counseling those affected by gang violence) but it had a cathartic effect on who needed it. I’ll never forget the one time a young woman cried out in the middle of the play and had to be escorted out. That was difficult, staying in character during that moment. I hope we didn’t hurt her heart but rather opened it because she felt heard, noticed and cared for. I’ll also always remember a little boy -one of many- standing up after a performance and vowing unprompted to choose his friends wisely and focus on being his best self. Hearing the youth speak -express themselves so intelligently- while surrounded by a caring community of mothers, parents and teachers was the most satisfying. 

What would you like your legacy to be?

I want to stay true to myself – my complicated, imperfect self- tell stories from all walks of life (the good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly) so we can stop judging each other and see our common humanity.

I’d like to make my grand-daddy proud. Keep telling important stories but also have fun. 

I want to reach children and inspire them. I want to spread love, warmth, self-worth and respect for our elders, our history, our ancestry, what brought us all to this point as we look forward and live our biggest life. 

I’m not literate enough in the history of Black Theatre to give much of an opinion except that I am so happy and proud that its legacy is being so wonderfully upheld. Black theaters such as the National Black Theatre, based in ever-changing Harlem, are still up and kicking and need our continued support. Brilliant talents like Danai Gurira who are telling stories never told on Broadway and opening eyes so eloquently are very motivating!

Playing Salome was fun. She is the ultimate femme fatale but she is also a child. The role was divided in two and I played her innocent side -which wasn’t quite as appealing to me. I nonetheless enjoyed delving into the Old World and using elevated almost Shakespearian language. 

My advice to newcomers would be study, work and surround yourself with ambitious people. Find mentors to help guide you. Creating a strong reel and having a strong headshot is also essential. 

Thank You, Ms. Archer!

The AUDELCO AWARDS will be presented November 21, 2016 in New York City

Walk Hard
by Abram Hill

co-founder of the American Negro Theater

 Walk Hard

Joshua David Scarlett
photo: Alex Roe

What’s worth fighting for?

February 19 – March 20, 2016

 METROPOLITAN PLAYHOUSE
220 E 4th Street
New York, NY

800 838 3006

 

Previews Begin
Friday, February 19th

Opening Night
Friday, February 26th
Performance and Reception
7:30 pm

Performances through March 20th

From 1944

Working as a shoeshine boy in 1939, nineteen-year-old Andy Whitman’s ambition is limited only by the color of his skin.
Bright, industrious, and black, his daily struggle makes make him quick with his temper and his fists.
When he catches the eye of a boxing manager in a street fight, Andy is soon a rising star in a fast-paced game.
But it is a game of devil’s bargains, played with dubious partners, and some rules never change when a black man looks for respect in a white world.

We are delighted to revive this remarkable drama as part of our 24th Season,
The Season of Hope.

 

METROPOLITAN PLAYHOUSE
220 E 4th Street
New York, NY

Walk Hard

February 19th – March 20th, 2016

Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 3 pm

PLUS
Pay What You Will: Monday, 2/22 at 7:30pm
Added Matinees: Wednesdays (3/9 & 3/16) Saturdays (3/12 & 12/19) at 3pm

Talkbacks after Sunday matinées.

 

*These actors appear courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.
Walk Hard
is an AEA Approved Showcase

AUDELCO (Audience Development Committee, Inc.)

The AUDELCO (Audience Development Committee, Inc.) is an organization that acknowledges and honors Black Theatre and its artists in New York City. Established and incorporated in 1973 by the late Vivian Robinson, to stimulate interest in and support of performing arts in black communities.

AUDELCO Recognition Awards – The annual Vivian Robinson/AUDELCO Recognition, “The VIV”Awards are the only formally established awards presented to the black theatre community.  Every third Monday in November the nominees are awarded in various categories.

 

 

 

2016 Nominees

LIGHTING DESIGN
Alan C. Edwards (Macbeth)
Nathan Hawkins/William Kenyon (Blood at the Root)
Tyler Micoleau (Familiar)
Austin R. Smith (The Royale)
Thom Weaver (The Total Bent)

SET DESIGN
Michael Carnahan (Skeleton Crew)
Maruti Evans (Dead and Breathing)
G.W. Mercier (Head of Passes)
Clint Ramos (Familiar)
Daniel Robinson (The First Noel)

COSTUME DESIGN
Dede M. Ayite (The Royale)
Gabriel Berry (The Total Bent)
Rachel Dozier-Ezell (Macbeth)
Susan Hilferty (Familiar)
Toni-Leslie James (Head of Passes)

SOUND DESIGN
Obadiah Eaves/Sten Severson (The Total Bent)
Rob Kaplowitz (Skeleton Crew)
John McKenna (Macbeth)
Liz Sokolak (Blood at the Root)
Darron L. West (Familiar)

DIRECTOR/DRAMATIC PRODUCTION
Carl Cofield (Macbeth)
Kenny Leon (Smart People)
Jonathan McCrory (Dead and Breathing)
Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Skeleton Crew)
Liesl Tommy (Eclipsed)

DIRECTOR/MUSICAL PRODUCTION
Steve H. Broadnax III (The First Noel)
Jeff Calhoun (Maurice Hines Tappin’ Thru Life)
Angie Kristic (Cherchez La Femme: A Musical Excuse)
Joanna Settle (The Total Bent)

PLAYWRIGHT
Lydia Diamond (Smart People)
Colman Domingo (Dot)
Danai Gurira (Familiar)
Chisa Hutchinson (Dead and Breathing)
Dominique Morisseau (Skeleton Crew)
Marco Ramirez (The Royale)

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Francois Battiste (Head of Passes)
Jason Dirden (Skeleton Crew)
Michael Potts (Mother Courage and Her Children)
Larry Powell (The Christians)
David Roberts (The Fall of the Kings)
Kim Sullivan (The Piano Lesson)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Ito Aghayere (Familiar)
Alana Arenas (Head of Passes)
Vinie Burrows (I Will Look Forward to This Later)
Montego Glover (The Royale)
Nikiya Mathis (Skeleton Crew)
Linda Powell (The Christians)
Myra Lucretia Taylor (Familiar)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL – FEMALE
Tina Fabrique (The First Noel)
Ashley Ware Jenkins (The First Noel)
Traci Michelle (Cherchez La Femme: A Musical Excuse)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL – MALE
Ato Blankson-Wood (The Total Bent)
Isaac Gay (Cherchez La Femme: A Musical Excuse)
Vondie Curtis Hall (The Total Bent)
Maurice Hines (Maurice Hines Tappin’ Thru Life)
CB Murray (Cherchez La Femme: A Musical Excuse)
Nathaniel Stampley (The First Noel)

CHOREOGRAPHY
Brian Harlan Brooks (The First Noel)
Maurice Hines (Maurice Hines Tappin’ Thru Life)
David Neumann (The Total Bent)
Tiffany Rea-Fisher (Macbeth)
Kyndra “Binkie” Reevey (Cherchez La Femme: A Musical Excuse)

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
A Lovely Malfunction (Negro Ensemble Company)
Barbecue (The Public Theater)
but I cld only whisper (The Flea)
Dead and Breathing (National Black Theatre)
Eclipsed (The Public Theater)
Proof (Quick Silver Theatre/Classics in Color Theatre Co.)
Timeless: The Mystery of the Dark Water (Black Spectrum Theatre)

SOLO PERFORMANCE
Trezana Beverley (Mabel Madness)
Staceyann Chin (Motherstruck!)
Cherie Danielle (The Diary of An Afro Goddess)
Tommie J. Moore (Dare to Be Black: The Jack Johnson Story)
Khalil Muhammad (Pryor Truth)
Reginald L. Wilson (Sugar Ray)

LEAD ACTOR
Mahershala Ali (Smart People)
Khris Davis (The Royale)
RJ Foster (Richard III)
Wendell B. Franklin (Skeleton Crew)
Joe Morton (Turn Me Loose)
Jahi Kassa Taquara (The Piano Lesson)

LEAD ACTRESS
Lynda Gravatt (Skeleton Crew)
Marjorie Johnson (Dot)
Kecia Lewis (Mother Courage and Her Children)
Phylicia Rashad (Head of Passes)
Tessa Thompson (Smart People)
Tamara Tunie (Familiar)

BEST REVIVAL
In the Heights (Harlem Repertory Theatre)
In White America (New Federal Theatre)
Macbeth (Classical Theatre of Harlem)
Mother Courage and Her Children (Classic Stage Company)
Proof (Quick Silver Theatre/Classics in Color Theatre Co.)
The Piano Lesson (Gallery Players)
Walk Hard (Metropolitan Playhouse)

MUSICAL PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR
Cherchez La Femme: A Musical Excuse (La Mama)
Maurice Hines Tappin’ Thru Life (New World Stages)
The First Noel (Classical Theatre of Harlem)
The Total Bent (The Public Theater)

DRAMATIC PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR
Dead and Breathing (National Black Theatre)
Dot (Vineyard Theatre)
Familiar (Playwrights Horizons)
Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company)
Smart People (Second Stage Theatre).
The Royale (Lincoln Center Theater)

 

As a “Friend of AUDELCO,” you receive discounts to some of your favorite Off and Off-Off Broadway theatres when you attend theatre and dance productions.

AUDELCO, Inc. activities include:

Networking – Contacting and developing relationships with individuals, local groups, churches, and other organizations to introduce new audiences to non-profit performing arts.

AUDELCO Recognition Awards – The annual Vivian Robinson/AUDELCO Recognition, “The VIV”Awards are the only formally established awards presented to the black theatre community.  Every third Monday in November the nominees are awarded in various categories.

Theatre for the Future:Young Audiences Series – Addresses the need for positive cultural experiences for children between the ages of 10-17.  This series provides entertainment and cultural experience for the youth.  This series provides entertainment and cultural enrichment in non-academic settings such as: outdoor activities during Harlem Week; Saturday matinees during Black Arts Festival; Holiday celebrations in December, and performances during Black History Month.

Black Theatre Archives – A collection of books, tapes, original scripts, costumes and set designs, photographs, playbills and extensive clippings on current theatre groups and activities.

Publications-“INTERMISSION”, AUDELCO‘s newsletter is published quarterly to stimulate interest in the performing arts.  The “OVERTURE”, a black theatre magazine that is published to document exciting work done by Black theatre artists.

Seminars, Lectures, and Forums- Addresses the general awareness about the contributions of Blacks in the cultural and socio-economic environment.

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2017 WHITNEY BIENNIAL, THE FIRST TO TAKE PLACE IN THE MUSEUM’S DOWNTOWN BUILDING, TO OPEN MARCH 17

2017 WHITNEY BIENNIAL, THE FIRST TO TAKE PLACE IN THE MUSEUM’S DOWNTOWN BUILDING, TO OPEN MARCH 17

NEW YORK, November 17, 2016—The formation of self and the individual’s place in a turbulent society are among the key themes reflected in the work of the artists selected for the 2017 Whitney Biennial, opening at the Whitney Museum of American Art on March 17, and running through June 11. Curated by the Whitney’s Nancy and Fred Poses Associate Curator Christopher Y. Lew and independent curator Mia Locks, this will be the first Biennial held in the Whitney’s home in the Meatpacking District. The country’s preeminent survey of the current state of American art, this is the seventy-eighth in the Museum’s ongoing series of Annuals and Biennials, initiated by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in 1932.

Lew and Locks named the sixty-three participants, whose works will fill two of the four main gallery floors of the Whitney (including the 18,000-square-foot Neil Bluhm Family Galleries on the fifth floor) and numerous other spaces throughout the Museum. The participants range from emerging to well-established individuals and collectives working in painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, film and video, photography, activism, performance, music, and video game design.

Scott Rothkopf, the Whitney’s Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Programs, said, “Since we opened our new building, we’ve reignited our emerging artist program with venturesome solo premieres and ‘snapshot’ shows of new tendencies. This Biennial, the largest ever in terms of gallery space, marks the capstone of these efforts. Chris and Mia have done an amazing job scouring the country to discover new talents, while creating lively connections to senior figures and our roiling social landscape.”

Lew commented that, “Throughout our research and travel we’ve been moved by the impassioned discussions we had about recent tumult in society, politics, and the economic system. It’s been unavoidable as we met with artists, fellow curators, writers, and other cultural producers across the United States and beyond.” Locks noted: “Against this backdrop, many of the participating artists are asking probing questions about the self and the social, and where these intersect. How do we think and live through these lenses? How and where do they fall short?”

Rothkopf is leading a team of advisors who are working closely with Lew and Locks to help shape the exhibition. They include: Negar Azimi, writer and senior editor at Bidoun, an award-winning publishing, curatorial, and educational initiative with a focus on the Middle East and its diasporas; Gean Moreno, curator of programs at the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami and founder of [NAME] Publications; Aily Nash, co-curator of Projections, the New York Film Festival’s artists’s film and video section, and Film and Media Curator at Basilica Hudson; and Wendy Yao, a publisher and founder of both the exhibition space 356 South Mission Road and Ooga Booga, a shop with two Los Angeles locations that specializes in independent books, music, art, and clothing. Nash, together with the curators, is co-organizing the Biennial film program, which will screen in the Whitney’s third-floor Susan and John Hess Family Theater.

The 2017 Biennial will be accompanied by an exhibition catalogue, designed by Olga Casellas Badillo of San Juan-based Tiguere Corp., which includes essays by the curators as well as Biennial advisors Negar Azimi and Gean Moreno, a conversation between the curators and Scott Rothkopf, and a roundtable with filmmakers moderated by Aily Nash. The book will also feature individual entries on each of the sixty-three participants in the exhibition along with reproductions of their work. It will be published by the Whitney Museum of American Art and distributed by Yale University Press.

The full list of artists follows:

Zarouhie Abdalian
Born 1982 in New Orleans, LA
Lives in New Orleans, LA

Basma Alsharif
Born 1983 in Kuwait City, Kuwait
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

Jo Baer
Born 1929 in Seattle, WA
Lives in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Eric Baudelaire
Born 1973 in Salt Lake City, UT
Lives in Paris, France

Robert Beavers
Born 1949 in Brookline, MA
Lives in Berlin, Germany and Falmouth, MA

Larry Bell
Born 1939 in Chicago, IL
Lives in Taos, NM and Los Angeles, CA

Matt Browning
Born 1984 in Redmond, WA
Lives in Seattle, WA

Susan Cianciolo
Born 1969 in Providence, RI
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Mary Helena Clark
Born 1983 in Santee, SC
Lives in Hamilton, NY

John Divola
Born 1949 in Santa Monica, CA
Lives in Riverside, CA

Celeste Dupuy-Spencer
Born 1979 in New York, NY
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

Rafa Esparza
Born 1981 in Los Angeles, CA
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

Kevin Jerome Everson
Born 1965 in Mansfield, OH
Lives in Charlottesville, VA

GCC
(Nanu Al-Hamad, Abdullah Al-Mutairi, Aziz Alqatami, Barrak Alzaid, Khalid al Gharaballi, Amal Khalaf, Fatima Al Qadiri, Monira Al Qadiri)
Founded 2013

Oto Gillen
Born 1984 in New York, NY
Lives in New York, NY

Samara Golden
Born 1973 in Ann Arbor, MI
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

Casey Gollan and Victoria Sobel
Born 1991 in Los Angeles, CA; born 1990 in Washington, DC
Lives in New York, NY; lives in New York, NY

Irena Haiduk
Biographical information not given

Lyle Ashton Harris
Born 1965 in Bronx, NY
Lives in New York, NY

Tommy Hartung
Born 1979 in Akron, OH
Lives in Queens, NY

Porpentine Charity Heartscape
Born 1987, location not given
Lives in Oakland, CA

Sky Hopinka
Born 1984 in Bellingham, WA
Lives in Milwaukee, WI

Shara Hughes
Born 1981 in Atlanta, GA
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Aaron Flint Jamison
Born 1979 in Billings, MT
Lives in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA

KAYA
(Kerstin Brätsch and Debo Eilers)
Founded 2010

Jon Kessler
Born 1957 in Yonkers, NY
Lives in New York, NY

James N. Kienitz Wilkins
Born in 1983 in Boston, MA
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Ajay Kurian
Born 1984 in Baltimore, MD
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Deana Lawson
Born 1979 in Rochester, NY
Lives Brooklyn, NY

An-My Lê
Born 1960 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Leigh Ledare
Born 1976 in Seattle, WA
Lives in New York, NY

Dani Leventhal
Born 1972 in Columbus, OH
Lives in Columbus, OH

Tala Madani
Born 1981 in Tehran, Iran
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

Park McArthur
Born 1984 in Raleigh, NC
Lives in New York, NY

Harold Mendez
Born 1977 in Chicago, IL
Lives in Chicago, IL and Los Angeles, CA

Carrie Moyer
Born 1960 in Detroit, MI
Lives in New York, NY

Ulrike Müller
Born 1971 in Brixlegg, Austria
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Julien Nguyen
Born 1990 in Washington, DC
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

Tuan Andrew Nguyen
Born 1976 in Saigon, Vietnam
Lives in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Raúl de Nieves
Born 1983 in Morelia, Mexico
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Aliza Nisenbaum
Born 1977 in Mexico City, Mexico
Lives in New York, NY

Occupy Museums
(Arthur Polendo, Imani Jacqueline Brown, Kenneth Pietrobono, Noah Fischer, and Tal Beery)
Founded 2011

Pope.L aka William Pope.L
Born 1955 in Newark, NJ
Lives in Chicago, IL

Postcommodity
(Raven Chacon, Cristóbal Martínez, Kade L. Twist)
Founded 2007

Puppies Puppies
Born 1989 in Dallas, TX
Lives in Roswell, NM

Asad Raza
Born 1974 in Buffalo, NY
Lives in New York, NY

Jessi Reaves
Born 1986 in Portland, OR
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

John Riepenhoff
Born 1982 in Milwaukee, WI
Lives in Milwaukee, WI

Chemi Rosado-Seijo
Born 1973 in Vega Alta, PR
Lives in San Juan and Naranjito, PR

Cameron Rowland
Born 1988 in Philadelphia, PA
Lives in Queens, NY

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz
Born 1972 in San Juan, PR
Lives in San Juan, PR

Dana Schutz
Born 1976 in Livonia, MI
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Cauleen Smith
Born 1967 in Riverside, CA
Lives in Chicago, IL

Frances Stark
Born 1967 in Newport Beach, CA
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

Maya Stovall
Born 1982 in Detroit, MI
Lives in Detroit, MI

Henry Taylor
Born 1958 in Oxnard, CA
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

Torey Thornton
Born 1990 in Macon, GA
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Leslie Thornton and James Richards
Born 1951 in Knoxville, TN; born 1983 in Cardiff, United Kingdom
Lives in Brooklyn, NY; lives in Berlin, Germany and London, United Kingdom

Kaari Upson
Born 1972 in San Bernardino, CA
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

Kamasi Washington
Born 1981 in Los Angeles, CA
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

Leilah Weinraub
Born 1979 in Los Angeles, CA
Lives in Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY

Jordan Wolfson
Born 1980 in New York, NY
Lives in New York, NY

Anicka Yi
Born 1971 in Seoul, South Korea
Lives in Queens, NY


EXHIBITION SUPPORT

Whitney Biennial 2017 is presented by

Tiffany & Co.
Major support is provided by

Sothebys

Major support is also provided by The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston and the National Committee of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Significant support is provided by the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation.

Generous support is provided by 2017 Biennial Committee Co-Chairs: Leslie Bluhm, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Bob Gersh, and Miyoung Lee.

Funding is also provided by special Biennial endowments created by Melva Bucksbaum, Emily Fisher Landau, Leonard A. Lauder, and Fern and Lenard Tessler.

Additional support is provided by endowments from The Keith Haring Foundation Exhibition Fund, Donna Perret Rosen and Benjamin M. Rosen, and the Jon and Mary Shirley Foundation.

Curatorial research and travel for this exhibition was funded by an endowment established by Rosina Lee Yue and Bert A. Lies, Jr., MD.


ABOUT THE WHITNEY

The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by the artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875–1942), houses the foremost collection of American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Mrs. Whitney, an early and ardent supporter of modern American art, nurtured groundbreaking artists at a time when audiences were still largely preoccupied with the Old Masters. From her vision arose the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has been championing the most innovative art of the United States for more than eighty years. The core of the Whitney’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art of our time and serve a wide variety of audiences in celebration of the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. Through this mission and a steadfast commitment to artists themselves, the Whitney has long been a powerful force in support of modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is innovative and influential in American art today.


CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight
Through January 2, 2017

Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016
Through February 5, 2017

Virginia Overton: Winter Garden
Through February 5, 2017

Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection
Through February 12, 2017

MPA: RED IN VIEW
Through February 27, 2017

Whitney Biennial
March 17–June 11, 2017

Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium
July 14–October 1, 2017

Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World
Fall 2017–Winter 2018

David Wojnarowicz: History Keeps Me Awake at Night
Summer 2018

The Whitney Museum of American Art is located at 99 Gansevoort Street between Washington and West Streets, New York City. Museum hours are: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 10:30 am to 6 pm; Friday and Saturday from 10:30 am to 10 pm. Closed Tuesday. Adults: $22 in advance via whitney.org; $25 day of visit. Full-time students and visitors 65 & over: $17 in advance via whitney.org; $18 day of visit. Visitors 18 years & under and Whitney members: FREE. Admission is pay-what-you-wish on Fridays, 7–10 pm. For general information, please call (212) 570-3600 or visit whitney.org.

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