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DANCE – PERIAPSIS MUSIC AND DANCE PRESENTS “NOESIS”  AT GK ARTSCENTER 6/3-4 *Bklyn

PERIAPSIS MUSIC AND DANCE PRESENTS “NOESIS”  AT GK ARTSCENTER, JUNE 3 – 4

Periapsis Music and Dance presents NOESIS, a new work by resident choreographer Hannah Weber and composer Jonathan Howard Katz, on June 3 at 8:00 pm and June 4 and 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm at GK ArtsCenter (aka Gelsey Kirkland Academy), 29 Jay Street, Brooklyn.  Tickets are $24 advance, $30 at the door, with special pricing for students and artists of $15 advance and $20 at the door, available at https://www.artful.ly/store/events/11950.

 

 

NOESIS is derived from Greek, referring to the intellect or an awareness of the mind.  Choreographer Hannah Weber said that the work “explores nostalgia and our past relationships. It reflects trying to find the balance between how our memories help us in the present and how they can still hurt us . . . finding a middle ground between letting our memories and experiences hold us back or push us forward.”

The company’s work emphasizes collaboration between choreographer and composer.  Artistic director Jonathan Howard Katz said of NOESIS, “There’s been a lot of back-and-forth in the process for this piece in particular—in some places the dance came first and, in other places, the music.  Hannah [Weber] and I had been discussing the piece for a while, and the concept has developed over time, but our concepts also change as we see each other’s work and then respond to meet it.”

Also on the program are two works from last year’s The Portrait Project, which involved six guest choreographers in collaboration with composers, exploring ways to combine one dancer and one musician on stage.  The company will present Twine, by choreographer Manuel Vignoulle working with Katz as composer; and The Heaviness of Air, by choreographer Helen Simoneau and composer Mary Kouyoumdjian.

Several guests will perform as well, as part of the Periapsis Open Series service program:  DoubleTake Dance Co with composer Eugene Marlow (Saturday and Sunday evening shows); Samuel Asher Kunzmanwith composer Steve Kunzman (Saturday evening and Saturday afternoon shows); and Maleek Washingtonwith composers Jack Fuller and Paul Wilson (Sunday shows).

 

 Here are the websites to the other performers on the program:
helensimoneau.com
http://www.manuelvignoulle.com/English/manuelvignoulle_English/M._Vignoulle.html
http://www.doubletakedanceco.com
http://www.samuelasherkunzman.com
http://www.maleekwashington.com

 

 

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Dance/ Music/ Film/ Events — We Recommend BAM Dance Africa May 2017 *bklyn May 20-29, 2017

Make sure you attend the FREE outdoor Bazaar on the weekend!

DanceAfrica 2017 Bazaar

Dance Africa 2017, Bazaar

Rain or Shine!
May 27—May 29, 2017
Performance dates & times
LOCATION:

Ashland Pl / Lafayette Ave

Hours subject to change. Rain or shine.
Free
Saturday May 27, 2017

12pm

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DanceAfrica’s beloved bazaar returns, featuring more than 150 vendors from around the world, offering African, Caribbean, and African-American food, crafts, and fashion. Celebrate the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Africa and its diaspora—and see the streets surrounding BAM transformed into a global marketplace.

Bazaar Hours

Sat, May 27, 12—10pm
Sun, May 28, 12—8pm
Mon, May 29, 12—8pm

(Hours subject to change. Rain or shine.)

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May 26—May 29, 2017

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LOCATION:
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BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
RUN TIME: Approx 2hrs with intermission
SUBSCRIPTIONS START AT  $17.50
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Part of 2017 Winter/Spring Season and DanceAfrica Festival 2017

The Healing Light of Rhythm: Tradition and Beyond
Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam and Artistic Director Emeritus Chuck Davis
Forty years after its inauguration under the artistic direction of Chuck Davis, the nation’s largest festival of African dance returns for a special anniversary celebration. This year’s performance, under the leadership of Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam, is a special curated program that pays tribute to the past, present, and future of the landmark festival and the transformative power of movement.
Members of Philadelphia’s hip-hop based Illstyle & Peace Productions join with members of New York City’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre and the drummers and dancers of Asase Yaa, performing a joyful collision of traditional and contemporary styles. Then, Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble—a master group of US-based Guinean dancers and musicians—present a spirited showcase of West African culture. Both groups are joined by the BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble.
Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble
Asase Yaa
Forces of Nature Dance Theatre
llstyle & Peace Productions
BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble (Brooklyn)
Lighting design by Al Crawford
Sound design by David Margolin Lawson
Costume design by Hopie Lyn Burrows
Read the BAM program notes for Danceafrica 2017

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Abdel R. Salaam

Abdel R. Salaam is the Artistic Director for DanceAfrica.

Abdel R. Salaam

DanceAfrica Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam is the executive artistic director and choreographer of Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, which he co-founded in 1981. The company led the historic procession for Nelson and Winnie Mandela on their visit to New York in 1990 and, along with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, received the 41st annual Audelco Award for Excellence in Black Theater Award as the 2013 Dance Company of the Year.

Salaam has directed and choreographed for theater and television to critical acclaim and has been active in the world of the performing and visual arts since 1955. He has served on the faculties of Lehman College, the American Dance Festival in the US and Korea, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, and the Chuck Davis Dance Academy. He is currently a director at the Harlem Children’s Zone/Forces of Nature Youth Academy of Dance and Wellness at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Harlem. He has received many awards, including the Monarch Merit Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance from the National Council for Arts & Culture (1993), the Silver Anniversary Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography, Teaching and Performance from Lehman College (1994), and Better Family Life Lifetime Achievement Award in Arts (2000). Salaam is a 2004 New York Foundation for the Arts fellow and was an artist in residence at the Tennessee Performing Art Center from 2003 to 2007.

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Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble

This Guinea company is led by Artistic Director M’bemba Bangoura.

Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble

Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble comprises 17 master drummers, dancers, and instrumentalists, all from their native country of Guinea. They bring with them the vast knowledge of the traditional music and dance from each region and represent more than 15 different Guinean ethnicities. Wula Artistic Director M’bemba Bangoura, who has played the djembe drum since childhood, has traveled the world as a performer and teacher and is acclaimed for his high level of mastery of the drum. At age 21, he was invited to play for Ballet Djoliba, the national company of Guinea. Since moving to the US in 1992, Bangoura has become an integral part of the drum and dance scene, teaching hundreds of students, many of whom are now teachers themselves. Additionally, Bangoura has choreographed his own works and developed repertory for many dance companies worldwide.

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Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater

This company of musicians, dancers, and vocalists was founded by Artistic Director Yao Ababio.

Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater

Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater was founded in 2001 by Artistic Director Yao Ababio. With a diversity of artistic skill, this company of musicians, dancers, and vocalists creates unique productions that mine the richness of the African diaspora. The company has appeared in VH1’s Hip Hop Honors Awards; Sing Your Song, a documentary about Harry Belafonte at the Apollo Theater; DanceAfrica; Kente Arts Alliance in Pittsburgh; and the first annual dance festival at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. In January 2013 Asase Yaa opened its own multi-cultural performing arts facility in Brooklyn.

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Forces of Nature Dance Theatre

Forces of Nature performs a blend of contemporary dance and traditional African forms.

Artists

Forces of Nature Dance Theatre

Forces of Nature Dance Theatre Company was founded by Executive Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam, Executive Managing Director Olabamidele Husbands, and company member Dyane Harvey in 1981. The group has produced ballet and concert pieces and offered dance classes and educational programs in New York and throughout the world for over 36 years.

Forces of Nature performs a unique blend of contemporary modern dance, traditional West African and neo-African dance, contemporary ballet, house and hip-hop forms, and martial arts. The company has performed and toured widely throughout the US and abroad. In addition to annual appearances at Aaron Davis Hall, the Apollo Theater, and New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the ensemble has also performed at the Joyce Theater, the American Dance Festival, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and the International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) among others.

Forces of Nature was part of the 12th Annual Festival for Peace in Moscow, the only African-American dance company to engage with members of the Bolshoi Ballet, and had the honor to dance and lead the historical procession for Nelson Mandela during his first appearance in the US in 1990. The company was featured in the three-part PBS series Free to Dance, as part of Great Performances, on the history of black dance in the 20th-century. Forces of Nature was also the featured dance company in the film and Smithsonian exhibition When the Spirit Moves, on the influence of African-American dance in Western culture. And most recently, the company was honored with the 41st annual Vivian Robinson AUDELCO Award for Best Dance Company of 2013

In addition to performing and touring, Forces of Nature has gained national and international recognition for its work with youth of all ages through workshops, master classes, and training seminars. The company has developed ongoing programs offered to schools, community service organizations, and cultural art institutions, believing that the arts, coupled with informative, stimulating academic presentations and creative participation, are among the best educational tools for redirecting youth on a positive, progressive, alternative path.

 

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Illstyle & Peace Productions

This Philadelphia-based dance company was founded in 2000 by Brandon “Peace” Albright.

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BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble (Brooklyn)

BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble celebrates ancestral roots and the modern-day community.

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This traditional tribute to those who have passed on features music and drumming, dance performances, and a libation ceremony for the ancestors conducted by the DanceAfrica Council of Elders.
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DanceAfrica Community Day at RestorationART
Sat, May 20, 2017

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BAM Visual Art presents a new work by Guinean painter and illustrator Maeva Kounta.
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FilmAfrica 2017
May 26—May 29, 2017

FilmAfrica 2017
May 26—May 29, 2017

This cinematic companion to the annual DanceAfrica celebration features the best narrative and documentary films from across Africa and beyond, with a special focus on Guinea.

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FilmAfrica 2017

Le Balon d'or

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May 26—May 29, 2017
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Part of BAMcinématek and DanceAfrica Festival 2017

Co-presented by the New York African Film Festival

This cinematic companion to the annual DanceAfrica celebration features the best narrative and documentary films from across Africa and beyond, with a special focus on Guinea.

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Clouds Over Conakry
Fri, May 26, 2017
Clouds Over Conakry
Fri, May 26, 2017

A young artist is torn between following his father’s path and living his own life.

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Rain the Color of Blue with a Little Red In It
Fri, May 26, 2017
Rain the Color of Blue with a Little Red In It
Fri, May 26, 2017

This homage to Purple Rain, the first narrative feature in the Tuareg language is the universal story of one musician’s struggle to make it against all odds.

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Martha & Niki
Sat, May 27, 2017
Martha & Niki
Sat, May 27, 2017

This documentary chronicles the incredible story of the first-ever female champions of the largest hip-hop street-dance competition in the world.

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Paris According To Moussa
Sat, May 27, 2017
Paris According To Moussa
Sat, May 27, 2017

An immigrant on an important trip finds difficulties and solidarity in France, in this film which was awarded the Human Rights Award by the United Nations.

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Guinean Independence Documentaries
Sun, May 28, 2017
Guinean Independence Documentaries
Sun, May 28, 2017

One of the first African nations to win its independence, this program of rare documentaries gives an intimate first-hand account of life in Guinea in the first years of independence.

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Le Ballon d’or
Sun, May 28, 2017
Le Ballon d’or
Sun, May 28, 2017

A spirited young boy pursues his dream of becoming a professional soccer player in this vivid, joyous portrait of growing up in West Africa.

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Price of Love
Mon, May 29, 2017
Price of Love
Mon, May 29, 2017

A young taxi driver must confront his past when he helps a prostitute out of a fight.

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Shorts Program
Mon, May 29, 2017
Shorts Program
Mon, May 29, 2017

A group of contemporary stories on love and connection in the French-African diaspora.

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Neighborhood
DanceAfrica 2017 Bazaar
May 27—May 29, 2017

DanceAfrica 2017 Bazaar
May 27—May 29, 2017
Rain or Shine!

DanceAfrica’s beloved bazaar returns, featuring more than 150 vendors from around the world, offering African, Caribbean, and African-American food, crafts, and fashion.
MORE

Free

Classes
DanceAfrica Master Class
Mon, May 29, 2017

DanceAfrica Master Class
Mon, May 29, 2017

Participants are introduced to West African rhythmic traditions and learn the fundamentals of Guinean movement styles in this immersive workshop.
MORE

Classes
DanceAfrica Family Workshop
Mon, May 29, 2017

DanceAfrica Family Workshop
Mon, May 29, 2017

Caregivers and children alike deepen their engagement with DanceAfrica in this fun-filled, hands-on workshop focusing on Guinean movement and music.
MORE

Iconic BAM Artists
Chuck Davis

Chuck Davis

Chuck Davis (1937—2017) was the founding artistic director of DanceAfrica, BAM’s longest running series, and one of the foremost teachers and choreographers of traditional African dance in America.
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Santana Redux w/ The BRC Orchestra

The all-stars of Black Rock Coalition honor legend Carlos Santana for Cinco De Mayo.
Fri, May 5, 2017

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Rabasi Joss with Soul Inscribed

The beloved funk band returns to BAM with Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Rabasi Joss.
Fri, May 19, 2017

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DanceAfrica 2017
 

May 26—May 29, 2017

Performance dates & times
LOCATION:
Peter Jay Sharp Building

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
RUN TIME: Approx 2hrs with intermission
SUBSCRIPTIONS START AT  $17.50
TICKETS START AT  $25

Buy Tickets

See all on-sale dates
Part of 2017 Winter/Spring Season and DanceAfrica Festival 2017

The Healing Light of Rhythm: Tradition and Beyond
Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam and Artistic Director Emeritus Chuck Davis
Forty years after its inauguration under the artistic direction of Chuck Davis, the nation’s largest festival of African dance returns for a special anniversary celebration. This year’s performance, under the leadership of Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam, is a special curated program that pays tribute to the past, present, and future of the landmark festival and the transformative power of movement.
Members of Philadelphia’s hip-hop based Illstyle & Peace Productions join with members of New York City’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre and the drummers and dancers of Asase Yaa, performing a joyful collision of traditional and contemporary styles. Then, Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble—a master group of US-based Guinean dancers and musicians—present a spirited showcase of West African culture. Both groups are joined by the BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble.
Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble
Asase Yaa
Forces of Nature Dance Theatre
llstyle & Peace Productions
BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble (Brooklyn)
Lighting design by Al Crawford
Sound design by David Margolin Lawson
Costume design by Hopie Lyn Burrows
Read the BAM program notes for Danceafrica 2017

Related Content

Artists
Abdel R. Salaam

Abdel R. Salaam is the Artistic Director for DanceAfrica.

MORE
Artists
Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble

This Guinea company is led by Artistic Director M’bemba Bangoura.

MORE
Artists
Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater

This company of musicians, dancers, and vocalists was founded by Artistic Director Yao Ababio.

MORE
Artists
Forces of Nature Dance Theatre

Forces of Nature performs a blend of contemporary dance and traditional African forms.

MORE
Artists
Illstyle & Peace Productions

This Philadelphia-based dance company was founded in 2000 by Brandon “Peace” Albright.

MORE
Artists
BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble (Brooklyn)

BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble celebrates ancestral roots and the modern-day community.

MORE

Related EVENTS

Neighborhood
Tribute to the Ancestors
Sat, May 20, 2017

Tribute to the Ancestors
Sat, May 20, 2017

This traditional tribute to those who have passed on features music and drumming, dance performances, and a libation ceremony for the ancestors conducted by the DanceAfrica Council of Elders.
MORE

Free

Neighborhood
DanceAfrica Community Day at RestorationART
Sat, May 20, 2017

DanceAfrica Community Day at RestorationART
Sat, May 20, 2017

This year’s festival kicks off with the annual community welcome for the artists, featuring performances by students from RestorationART who have participated in BAM Education’s DanceAfrica program.
MORE

Free

Visual Art
Maeva Kounta: Modernism and Tradition
May 22—Jun 30, 2017

Maeva Kounta: Modernism and Tradition
May 22—Jun 30, 2017

BAM Visual Art presents a new work by Guinean painter and illustrator Maeva Kounta.
MORE

Free

Film Series
FilmAfrica 2017
May 26—May 29, 2017

FilmAfrica 2017
May 26—May 29, 2017

This cinematic companion to the annual DanceAfrica celebration features the best narrative and documentary films from across Africa and beyond, with a special focus on Guinea.
MORE

Neighborhood
DanceAfrica 2017 Bazaar
May 27—May 29, 2017

DanceAfrica 2017 Bazaar
May 27—May 29, 2017
Rain or Shine!

DanceAfrica’s beloved bazaar returns, featuring more than 150 vendors from around the world, offering African, Caribbean, and African-American food, crafts, and fashion.
MORE

Free

Classes
DanceAfrica Master Class
Mon, May 29, 2017

DanceAfrica Master Class
Mon, May 29, 2017

Participants are introduced to West African rhythmic traditions and learn the fundamentals of Guinean movement styles in this immersive workshop.
MORE

Classes
DanceAfrica Family Workshop
Mon, May 29, 2017

DanceAfrica Family Workshop
Mon, May 29, 2017

Caregivers and children alike deepen their engagement with DanceAfrica in this fun-filled, hands-on workshop focusing on Guinean movement and music.
MORE

Iconic BAM Artists
Chuck Davis

Chuck Davis

Chuck Davis (1937—2017) was the founding artistic director of DanceAfrica, BAM’s longest running series, and one of the foremost teachers and choreographers of traditional African dance in America.
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Rabasi Joss with Soul Inscribed

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Fri, May 19, 2017

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MUSEUM – Talks – 6/1 – Exploring the Black Dandy – BKLYN MUSEUM *bklyn

Dandy Lion (Aperture, 2017)

Fashion Night: Modern Black Dandies

June 1, 2017

6:30–9:30 p.m. 

Throughout the Museum

The Brooklyn Museum and Aperture Foundation invite you to celebrate black men’s style as a form of personal politics with a night of fashion, film, and music, organized in honor of author Shantrelle P. Lewis’s new book, Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style. With programs activating both our performance spaces and the Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern exhibition galleries, this evening celebrates the art and style of black dandies, men of African descent who use fashion to define and inhabit a proud, radically independent public persona. Discussion moderated by Rashid Shabazz, VP of Communications, Campaign for Black Male Achievement.

Featuring:

  • Shantrelle P. Lewis, author and curator
  • Darnell Moore, Editor-at-Large, Interactive One
  • Ignacio Quiles, Haberdasher, QP & Monty
  • Abiola Oke, CEO, Okayafrica.

Supported by the Campaign for Black Male Achievement.

Tickets are $16 ($14 for Members). Tickets with a copy of Lewis’s book are $50 ($45 for Members). To receive the Member discount code, email us at membership@brooklynmuseum.org with your full name and Membership ID.

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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 FestivalTICKETS 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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MUSIC – BAMcafé Live ! Eco-Music Big Band: Sun Ra Opera and Celebration 9/26/15 *Bklyn, #Free

MUSIC

BAMcafé Live

Eco-Music Big Band: Sun Ra Opera and CelebrationPeter Jay Sharp Building
BAMcafé

Sep 26, 2015

Concept by Fred Ho
Music by Fred Ho, with Marie Incontrera
Libretto by Quincy Troupe
Directed by Virginia Grise
Conducted by Marie Incontrera

The dynamic ensemble Eco-Music Big Band presents the world premiere of scenes from the free-jazz opera Mr. Mystery: The Return of Sun Ra to Save Planet Earth! by late composer Fred Ho.

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September 19, 2015 Posted by | ART, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, FOOD AND WINE, LIFESTYLES, Music, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

MUSIC- HENDRIX – BLACK ROCK COALITION — BRC30: BRC Orchestra Celebrates Band of Gypsys 9/18-19/15 BAMcafe Live *Bklyn

MUSIC

BAMcafé Live

BRC30: BRC Orchestra Celebrates Band of GypsysPeter Jay Sharp Building
BAMcafé

Sep 18—Sep 19, 2015

The Black Rock Coalition Orchestra presents a special tribute to Jimi Hendrix and his seminal 1970 album Band of Gypsys, breathing new life into this era-defining music.

Performances today: 9pm
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BRC Celebrates 30 Years in 30 Days (all of September)

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http://blackrockcoalition.org

FROM THE BRC WEBSITE:

For the 30th Anniversary, we’re spending 30 days straight in praise of the BLACK ROCK COALITION and our members. Check it out (everything is subject to change):


Every Monday: On Membership Mondays, we will feature members through our social networks. If you’re a member, keep an eye out for your profile questionnaire.


Every Tuesday: Free rehearsal space and spontaneous rock commune for BRC members and our friends, Funkadelic Studios, 12-6p. RSVP to BRC30@blackrockcoalition.org by noon on the Monday before to guarantee space, otherwise it’s first come, first served. Rock commune (jam sessions) are open to everyone and available during unreserved time.


Every Wednesday: We’ll look back on the 30 years since the BRC was founded and share some milestones in the culture, in the music, in the organization, and in our lives. Look for it on social networks.


Other highlights: Th3     BRC Happy Hour (at Duff’s Brooklyn, 168 Marcy Ave btw S5th and Broadway, Brooklyn), 5-9p

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F4     Launch of Booster.org Campaign for Limited Edition BRC 30th Anniversary T-Shirts


Su6      BRC 30th Anniversary Kick-Off Party, The Bell House (149 7th St, Brooklyn), w/ Corey Glover & Vernon Reid, our youngest member-band Unlocking The Truth, Betty Black, and DJ SugarFreeBK. Concert from 7-10p, $15. Free after-party with performances by BRC family band Burnt Sugar, The Veldt and DJ CX KiDTRONiK. FREE (with food, while it lasts) from 10p-1a.

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Th10    30 Years of BRC, Part 2 on Musical Chairs, WBAI-NY 99.5fm, 10p-12a


F11       National Support Black Rock Night (all members in Chicago go to Riot Fest to see Living Colour, Fishbone and Death; all members in NYC go to see 24/7 Spyz with Dope Sagittarius at The Living Room; other shows to be announced)


Sa12     BRC Team (The Riotous Guttersnipes) at Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls‘ Bowl-A-Thon to raise money for our Original Rocker Scholarships BRC Team for Willie Mae Rock Camp Bowl-A-Thon by WMRC


Su13     BRC Open Ears Listening and Archiving Party, The Black Rose (117 Avenue A, NYC), 7-10p

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Th17    Black Rock & Reel: BRC Performance Highlights (1985-2015), Imagenation‘s RAW Space (2031 Adam Clayton Powell btw 121st and 122nd), 6-11p

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F18      BRC Orchestra plays Band Of Gypsys @ BAMcafe (30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn), featuring special guests Vernon Reid, Corey Glover, Ronny Drayton, Stew, Sophia Ramos, Kelsey Warren, Andre Lassalle, and more, FREE, 9p

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Sa19    BRC Orchestra plays Band Of Gypsys @ BAMcafe (30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn), featuring special guests Vernon Reid, Corey Glover, Stew, Andre Lassalle, Maritri Garrett, Kelsey Warren, Marcus Machado and more, FREE, 9p


Su20    BRC Vocal Clinic @ Willie Mae Music Lab, 1-4p with Corey Glover of Living Colour and others, Free for members of BRC and WMRC communities, $10 for everyone else.


Th24   Great Day In Black Rock Photo Session (location TBD)


F25      Open submissions for Rock ‘n’ Roll Reparations, V. 3: The Million Man Mosh Edition


Sa26    BRC Friends & Family Day (w/ partner organizations & associates) TBD


Su27    Million Man Mosh 3 @ The Wind Up Space, Baltimore, 2-7p with Tamar-kali, Thaylo Bleu, Throwdown Syndicate and community activist leaders (TBD)

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Will you join us?

Historic: The Reunion of Sophia’s Toy

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We all know the story…Once upon a time there was a band of immensely talented musicians fronted by Sophia Ramos and Mike Ciro. That band screamed their way through NYC, got noticed, got signed, got a record made, and then got the shaft from their label for being ‘unsellable’ (apparently in their eyes, black and brown people in a rock band presented a marketing challenge they weren’t ready to accept). Fast-forward 20 years, and they’re back—shelved album in hand—to remind everyone of why they turned so many heads in the first place. If you weren’t there and weren’t able to get your hands on “SHOT IN THE HEAD,” at the one-and-only reunion of SOPHIA’S TOY, let us know and we’ll see if we can direct you to the right people. Needless to say, they killed it. And justified their reputation as bad-asses as did BRC stalwarts MilitiA. Vox and pILLOW tHEORY. JULY 9, 2015.

Historic: BRC Orchestra Tour of France

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‘Sisters, Songwriters & Sirens’ celebrates the important and often under-appreciated contributions Black women make to culture through music, expression, perspective, and visibility. Heading overseas for a 6-show, 12-day tour of France, this was the third time our host Chateauvallon had called upon the talents of our all-female lineup to bring audiences to their feet in the name of Nina, Tina, Betty, Rosetta, Abbey, Big Mama, Maybelle, Aretha, Memphis Minnie, Miriam, Maxayn, Joan, Grace, Chaka, Jayne, Nona and Sugar Pie…not to mention originals by members of the killer Orchestra led by powerhouse Tamar-kali.   The 2 performances at Chateauvallon sold out, Paris had a respectable crowd for a three-night residence, but we killed in Lyon—selling out the 1200 seat venue and having the people on their feet screaming for more by the 7th song. We hope to be welcomed back soon…

Historic: Million Man Mosh III @ Highline NYC

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With Man Mosh I and II, (which we could not have done without generous performances from Living Colour, 24-7 Spyz, Ronny Drayton and Reverend Kim Leslie, Nona HendryxBurnt Sugar, DJ Afrika Bambaataa, The Sugarhill Gang, and others), we were able to bring folks together, call attention to the issue of unjust incarceration, and help raise money for Donovan Drayton’s Legal Defense Fund (glad he’s finally home!).


With Million Man Mosh III, we continued the spirit of community-building and action-taking with performances from the very-vocal Tamar-kali, Garland Jeffreys, andDragons of Zynth with Saul Williams. This time, the focus was on policing and the need for loud and progressive voices for change.


Action Leaders: Malcolm X Grassroots Movement

Make Me Wanna Holler: Voices for Action

Make Me Wanna Holler: Progressive Voices for Progressive Action (<click for the PDF)

#GiveBack

“That the BRC is still here, and still needed,

was pressed home every time [Corey] Glover sang

‘Enough is never enough.’ Because the work is never done.

But the rock is worth the battle.”

—David Fricke, RollingStone.com, 2010

Dear Friends and Family,

Thank You. Your support and contributions over the years have helped us achieve many community-building things on behalf of progressive Black artists and, as a volunteer-run, member-driven, nonprofit, we honestly cannot do it without you. We don’t pat ourselves on the back too often, but we have done a lot to be proud of over these past few years:

    • Our BRC ORCHESTRA, bridge-building collaborations between rotating groups of world-class musicians, performed Deep Roots of Rock and Roll (Lincoln Center Out of Doors), a Salute to Richie Havens (BAMcafe), our Tribute to Black Women Songwriters (BIGSAS Festival, Germany), a 3-show residence celebrating Carlos Santana, Grace Jones, and Motown (Joe’s Pub), and the self-produced Gathering for Gil Scott-Heron (Symphony Space) in collaboration with Heron’s Estate.
    • Our BRC SHOWCASES gave musicians space to perform their own material at events such as Blunt Force Trauma, a presentation of proto-punk band DEATH, and Million Man Mosh 1&2 (featuring Living Colour, 24-7 Spyz, Ronny Drayton, and Nona Hendryx, among others).
    • BRC COMMUNITY, BRC UNIVERSITY, and BRC RECORDS saw us partner with several like-minded groups and artists like Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls(we’ve provided several “Original Rocker” scholarships for campers), MAPP International and Lincoln Center Institute for our Blink Your Eyes: Poets To Music show in honor of late BRC pioneer Sekou Sundiata, Laina Dawes (author of What Are You Doing Here?)with whom we produced a compilation featuring women in heavy metal, punk and hard rock, Jeremy Xido (whose documentaryDeath Metal Angola we supported with after-parties featuring Unlocking The Truth, FunkFace, The Dust Rays, Year Of The Dragon, MilitiA Vox and DJ SugarfreeBK), and Rock ‘n’ Roll Reparations, v2, our 25th Anniversary collection featuring music from 25 down-for-the-cause artists.All-in-all, we’ve employed almost 300 musicians and reached over 10,000 people on two continents in the last 4 years alone.

But as Nina Simone lamented, we’ve still got so terribly far to go. As we enter our30th Anniversary, it’s painfully obvious why we need to keep going. Too many Black voices are still not being heard. As a grassroots, arts-support organization, it is our Mission to serve an artistic community of outsiders, fighters, warriors, griots, contrarians, pioneers, and culture mongers of color, so they can serve the world.

To do that, we need your help.

This year, we want to overhaul our website. We want to take a panel and some bands to SXSW. We want to send our BRC Orchestra on an international tour. We want to release our most ambitious compilation album to date. We want to create a series of showcases for local and domestic bands. We want to resurrect our internet radio channels. We want to give grants to bands. We want to continue our scholarship program with Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls. We want to have a knock-down, drag-out Damn-Has-It-Really-Been-30-Years? party. We want to publish a book. We want to bring our community together for more networking and face time. We want to take our Million Man Mosh platform to any state that needs to mobilize artists to fight injustice.

We want a lot. And every little bit you can give will help immensely.

So please, consider becoming a member. Or renewing your membership and getting more involved. Even a one-time donation of $30, in your name or someone else’s, would be greatly appreciated. And if you’re really feeling the long-term love, we even have a lifetime BRC membership for $250. That’s less than $10 a year for the next 30 years.
Thank you. Together we can make all kinds of things happen, just like we have since 1985.

LaRonda Davis

President, Black Rock Coalition ldavis@blackrockcoalition.org
P.S. If you’ve already given last year, please consider giving an additional donation for the Black History Month. All monetary gifts are tax-deductible and will be put toward our ambitious calendar.

P.P.S. Look for us at SXSW in March 2015.

“What started out as a bitching session,

really became more about a proactive and developmental approach to the issue,

which was, instead of talking about how we’re locked out of the Master’s house,

why don’t we just build our own? And that was when it fundamentally came together as an organization.”

—excerpt from an interview w/ Greg Tate, BRC Newsletter, 2000

Black Rock Coalition is a nonprofit organization with tax-exempt 501(c)3 status.

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Danaka Dance presents Thousand Plateaus at Irondale Theater 6/19-21

Danaka Dance presents Thousand Plateaus at Irondale Theater
Thursday June 19th- Saturday June 21st, 8:00pm

Thousand Plateaus turns the idea of theater in-the-round inside out.

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The configuration seats audience members in the middle of the hall, with dancers circling the perimeter.

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The special limitations for the dancers create plateaus,

and each may be watched independently of one another.

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The story will evolve for each audience member with an original perspective of each of the four female characters, different from what audience members experience sitting on a different side of the square
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June 19, 2014 Posted by | ART, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, HOLIDAY GUIDES, LIFESTYLES, opportunity, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Film Festival BAMcinemaFest 2014 6/18-29

Absolutely! A WONDERFUL Selection, brilliantly curated with both international and homegrown surprises. Many Premieres. INDEPENDENT CINEMA LIVES!

Part of BAMcinématek

In its sixth year, BAMcinemaFest introduces New York audiences to a wide-ranging lineup of innovative new films, including the work of emerging voices in American independent cinema and some of the world’s most acclaimed filmmakers.

Kicking off on June 18 on the Steinberg Screen at the BAM Harvey Theater, the festival opens with the New York premiere of Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, one of the most widely acclaimed and groundbreaking films of the year. More special events to be announced.

There are Many great films unspooling at this festival, including SNOWPIERCER. Check the link and see All the selections.

We will highlight a few.

http://www.bam.org/film/2014/bamcinemafest2014

Stations of the Elevated
Fri, Jun 27, 2014
Newly restored

The first ever filmed document of graffiti, this rarely screened tone poem of 1980s New York City screens with a live performance by the original Charles Mingus legacy band, the Mingus Dynasty.

 

 

Film
Closing Night: Do the Right Thing—25th Anniversary
Sun, Jun 29, 2014
Closing Night: Do the Right Thing—25th Anniversary
Sun, Jun 29, 2014

Spike Lee and cast reunite to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this Brooklyn masterpiece, co-presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

+ Q&A with Spike Lee and cast
I Origins
Tue, Jun 24, 2014
NY Festival Premiere

Director Mike Cahill’s luminous follow-up to his acclaimed Another Earth follows a molecular biologist whose romance with an enigmatic young woman is tied to an earth-shaking scientific breakthrough.

+ Q&A with Mike Cahill
Happy Valley
Tue, Jun 24, 2014
NY Premiere

Director Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story) wades fearlessly into the controversy and “football first” culture surrounding a child molestation scandal at Penn State.

+ Q&A with Amir Bar-Lev
Approaching the Elephant
Sun, Jun 22, 2014
NY Premiere

This brilliantly observed documentary captures life at a democratic free school, where classes are voluntary and children set their own rules.

+ Q&A with Amanda Rose Wilder
MEMPHIS

NY Premiere
Sun, Jun 22, 2014
  • 8:30PM
LOCATION:
Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAM Rose Cinemas
RUN TIME: 79min
GENERAL ADMISSION: $15
CINEMA CLUB MEMBERS: $10 (Movie Moguls free)
+  Q&A with Tim Sutton
Directed by Tim Sutton | 2014
With Willis Earl Beal, Constance Brantley, Larry Dodson

In a raw, seemingly autobiographical star turn, underground blues singer-poet Willis Earl Beal plays a musician who claims to have mystical powers but can’t seem to finish his next album. Trying the patience of his girlfriend and his producer, he drifts from Baptist church to bar to recording studio in a struggle to regain his creative spark. BAMcinemaFest 2012 alum Tim Sutton (Pavilion) treads the line between documentary and fiction in this sumptuously photographed, daringly abstract portrait of an iconic city, which features a haunting original soundtrack and supporting performances from legendary Stax musicians Larry Dodson and John Gary Williams. A Kino Lorber release.

Talks
Q&A

with Tim Sutton

This screening will feature a Q&A with director Tim Sutton.

Wild Canaries
Fri, Jun 20, 2014
NY Premiere

Brooklyn DIY meets classic screwball mystery in this witty whodunit about a quarreling couple who suspect something foul is afoot in their building.

+ Q&A with Lawrence Michael Levine and Sophia Takal
CONCERNING VIOLENCE

NY Premiere
Sat, Jun 21, 2014
  • 3:45PM
LOCATION:
Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAM Rose Cinemas
RUN TIME: 86min
GENERAL ADMISSION: $15
CINEMA CLUB MEMBERS: $10 (Movie Moguls free)
Directed by Göran Hugo Olsson | 2014

Set to the voice of Lauryn Hill reading Frantz Fanon’s anti-colonialist call to arms, The Wretched of the Earth, this mesmerizing assemblage of rarely seen archival footage brings to light nine of the most pivotal episodes in the history of African revolution. Documenting decades of uprisings, from the Angolan War of Independence to the Mozambique Liberation Front and beyond, director Göran Hugo Olsson’s (The Black Power Mixtape 1967—1975) propulsive and endlessly provocative docu-essay interrogates the role of violent revolt in the dismantling of colonial power and offers an impassioned tribute to the sacrifices made in the pursuit of liberation. A Kino Lorber release.

May 28, 2014 Posted by | ART, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, FILM, HOLIDAY GUIDES, opportunity, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Voices in Black Cinema returns! 3/27-30 BAMcinematek *bklyn

New Voices in Black Cinema returns for its fourth year with narrative features, documentaries, and shorts that redefine the black experience in America and around the world.

Presented in partnership with ActNow Foundation. Since its founding in 2005, the ActNow Foundation has been a production company and advocate for diverse, independent filmmakers and playwrights interested in producing work reflecting the infinite range of African-American and Latino experiences across the globe. ActNow hosts regular events in Brooklyn to showcase the best in independent theater and film.  Additionally, they are dedicated to fostering the growth of New York’s brightest and most talented through regular panels, speakers, and workshops.

BAM New voices in black Cinema 2014

Q&As following most screenings.

For more events during New Voices in Black Cinema please visit ActNow’s event lineup.

Our 4th annual film festival features a wide-array of films that both  

represent and challenge us to understand our 

Black cultural and historic identity.

  

Q&A’s with the filmmakers at select screenings!

Purchase Tickets HERE!

All films shown at:

BAM Rose Cinemas 

Peter Jay Sharp Building

30 Lafayette Avenue

Brooklyn,  NY 11217

 

 

FILM SCHEDULE:

THURSDAY, March 27TH
7pm- Flex is Kings
9:30pm- An American in Hollywood

FRIDAY, MARCH 28TH
2pm- Homegoings
4:30pm- Melvin & Jean (screens w/ short film ‘Even Me’)
7pm- Unsound
9:30pm- The Girl Is In Trouble

SATURDAY, MARCH 29TH
2pm- The Bicycle (screens w/ short film ‘The Unseen Beauty’)
4:30- Aya of Yop City
7pm- 1982
9:30- In Search of the Black Knight

SUNDAY, MARCH 30TH
2pm- Short Film Program “Bound Realities”
4:30pm- Let the Fire Burn
7pm- Sleeping With The Fishes
9:30pm- Brother From Another Planet (New Black Classic)

STAY TUNED also for our panel program and networking events during the festival!

FILMS:

1982 – 2013, Tommy Oliver, USA – NY Premiere!

With Hill Harper, Sharon Leal, Wayne Brady, Troi Zee, La La Anthony, and Ruby Dee. In this family drama that takes place in the early days of crack, Philadelphia father Tim Brown struggles to protect his daughter from the reality of her mother’s drug addiction. Hill Harper, who portrays Tim as streetwise man just wanting to explode from his rage and fear but tempering himself in order to save his family, turns in another brilliantly nuanced and powerful performance. This emotional debut feature film director Tommy Oliver highlights his ability to coax great acting from unexpected casting, including Sharon Leal’s chilling turninto addiction and Wayne Brady’s unrecognizable local gangster role – performances to be seen in a familiar yet totally compelling story.

-Q&A w/ Tommy Oliver

AN AMERICAN IN HOLLYWOOD – 2013, Sai Varadan, USA, 89 min.

With J.D. Williams, Hassan Johnson, Anil Rahman, Richard Carroll Jr., Silvestre Rasuk, Azure-De, and Stephen Hill. New York-born writer/director Josiah leads childhood friends Dorian and Angelo, both aspiring actors, struggling assistant director Paul, and aspiring stand-up comedian Trilok, to Los Angeles to pursue their Hollywood dreams. But through Joshiah’s relationship with budding actress Ayoka, and their shared trials of cracking Hollywood’s glass ceiling, the team soon realizes the system they are up against and the price of being ‘heroes’ in their ‘new’ world.

AYA DE YOPOUGON (Aya of Yop City) – 2012, Marguerite Abouet, France – NY Premiere!

With the voices of Aïssa Maïga, Eriq Ebouaney, Tella Kpomahou, Tatiana Rojo. Straight from the popular graphic novel series comes the animated version of ‘Aya of Yop City!’ Based on author/director Marguerite Abouet’s life in late-1970’s post-colonial Cote d’Ivoire, the story takes place in Yopougon, a working-class neighborhood of Abidjan renamed Yop City – to sound like an American movie! This is home to Aya and her two friends, Adjoua and Bintou. They’re 19-years-old, a time in your life when everything seems possible. But while Aya would like to become a doctor one day, her friends are more into nightclubbing at the local “maquis” and hunting for a husband. Around this dynamic trio, we cross characters with diverse destinies. A true chorale comedy, Aya of Yop City is a chronicle of an unexpected Africa, modern and urban.

THE BICYCLE – 2013, James Richards, USA, 72 min. – NY Premiere!

With Cinque Northern, Stormi G. Smith, Michelle Wilson, and Rob Morgan. Bobbi cannot stand Teddy. Teddy isn’t exactly thrilled with Bobbi. Now that’s all right on the playground, but Teddy is 36 and Bobbi is 10. And they live in the same house. And Teddy is going to marry Bobbi’s mother Cheryl in a few months. When Bobbi is jumped and her bicycle is stolen, Teddy realizes that finding the bully and getting back the bicycle is the perfect opportunity to repair his relationship with Bobbi and save his fiancée’s hope of them becoming a family. But surprisingly, their journey through the many worlds that make up their community will connect them in a way neither could imagine.  Taking place in the working/middle-class enclaves of Queens, NYC, The Bicycle shows a toorare and hopeful reflection of the African-American experience.

HOMEGOINGS- 2013, Christine Turner, USA, 56 min.

Through the eyes of funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African-American funerals are brought to life. Filmed at Owens funeral home in New York City’s historic Harlem neighborhood, Homegoings takes an up-close look at the rarely seen world of undertaking in the Black community, where funeral rites draw on a rich palette of tradition, history, and celebration. Combining cinema verite with intimate interviews and archival photographs, the film paints and unexpectedly uplifting portrait of the dearly departed, their grieving families, and a man who sends our loved ones “home”.

-Q&A w/ Christine Turner

FLEX IS KINGS – 2013, Deidre Schoo and Michael Beach Nichols, USA, Brooklyn Premiere!

Journey to the edge of Brooklyn and of street performance itself in this sparkling portrait of the freeing power of art. Reem is the savvy promoter, Flizzo the undefeated local legend, Jay Donn the innovator with the talent to carry him far away from home. Uniting them is a competitive dance form of dramatic contortions, simulated violence, flowing footsteps and the occasional humorous touch. Welcome to the world of Flex.This inspiring documentary explores the hopes and realities of this under-acknowledged and totally unfunded group of Do-It-Yourself urban artists who use their dance skills and savvy to transform themselves to greater heights.

-Q&A w/ Deidre Schoo and Michael Beach Nicols

THE GIRL IS IN TROUBLE – 2012, Julius Onah, USA, 95 min.

With Columbus Short, Alicja Bachleda, Wilmer Valderrama and Jesse Spencer. In this thriller from Executive Producer Spike Lee, an unsuspecting Lower East Side bartender becomes entangled in a dark New York City murder mystery involving a desperate woman, a missing drug dealer, and the scion of New York’s most powerful investment firm. Director Julius Onah, recently selected as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film, has crafted a debut that highlights the history, diversity and dangers of the Lower East Side and scultps them into an atypical film noir narrative.

-Q&A w/ Julius Onah

IN SEARCH OF THE BLACK KNIGHT – 2013, Tamarat Makonnen, USA, 73 min.

Combining professional advice, street interviews and sketch comedy, In Search of the Black Knight takes a humorous look at the current state of African American romantic relationships. Follow film director Tamarat Makonnen as he travels across the country in an attempt to expose the truth and absuridity behind this sensitive topic in this funny and thought-provoking film that will have you rethinking what you assumed about the opposite sex!

-Q&A w/ Tamarat Makonnen

LET THE FIRE BURN-2013, Jason Osder, USA, 95 min.

A found-footage film that unfurls with the tension of a great thriller, this award-winning documentary chronicles a harrowing day in 1985, on which a longtime feud between the city of Philadelphia and controversial radical urban group MOVE came to a deadly climax. By order of local authorities, police dropped military-grade explosives onto a MOVE-occupied rowhouse. TV cameras captured the conflagration that quickly escalated-and resulted in the tragic deaths of eleven people (including five children) and the destruction of 61 homes. First-time filmmaker Osder brings to life one of the most tumultuous and largely forgotten clashes between government and citizens in modern American history.

-Q&A w/ Jason Osder.

“MELVIN & JEAN – 2012, Maia Weschler, USA/France, 60 min.

When Melvin and Jean McNair hijacked a plane from Detroit to Algeria in 1972 to join the International Section of the Black Panthers, they called it an act of political resistance to racism and the war in Vietnam War. In reality, the hijacking was an act of desperation committed by two young people who saw no other way to escape what they felt was the constant state of racial oppression in the United States.For the past 35 years, the McNairs have lived as model citizens in France, where they served prison time for the hijacking. Now, they want the freedom to return home without spending the rest of their lives behind bars.Melvin & Jean: An American Story follows the McNairs from revolt and exile to renewal and reconciliation. It challenges viewers to consider whether a lifetime of good can make up for a criminal act. Forty years after the hijacking, Melvin and Jean are still coming to terms with their crime and it’s lifelong consequences.

-Q&A w/ Maia Weschler

SLEEPING WITH THE FISHES – 2013, Nicole Gomez Fisher, USA, 95 min.

With Gina Rodriguez, Ana Ortiz, Priscilla Lopez, Tibor Feldman, Steven Strait. In this coming-of-age zany Latino-Jewish family comedy Alexis Fish (played by Filly Brownstar Gina Rodriguez), flat broke and broken-hearted after the death of her philandering husband, is struggling to survive on her own. When she begrudgingly returns home to Brooklyn for a distant aunt’s funeral, Alexis winds up on a journey of self-discovery and newromance, despite the antics of her well-intentioned but overbearing mother. With its fair share of “ay dios mio” and “oy vey” moments, Sleeping With the Fishes comes to life with colorful characters and one-liners that can only be found in a Latino Jewish home in Brooklyn.

UNSOUND – 2013, Darious J. Britt, USA, 93 min. – World Premiere!

With To-ree-nee Wolf, Darious J. Britt, RD Mower. An ambitious, young filmmaker is in the middle of creating his ultimate career-launching Volkswagen documentary when he receives the call he’s been dreading: his mother has succumbed to yet another episode of psychosis. Now, he must resort to extreme measures to save her from herself and reclaim his life. Shining a light on the struggles of dealing with a family member with mental illness, Unsound is an introspective and heartbreaking debut from writer/director/actor Darious Britt.

SHORT FILM SERIES – BOUND REALITIES – 93 min.

Fiction and truth are often closer than most people care to admit. These selections of films skirt the line of both those realities with films that show the ties that connect us all on a greater level. Selections include Kevin Walker’s Yin & Yang, about a young man’s attractionto both his girlfriend and his best guy friend as told through spoken word, Stefani Saintonge’s Seventh Grade which focuses on a young girl’s jarring transition from playing with dolls into bawdy adolescence, and actor/director Ghenga Akinnagbe’s flip on NYC’s systemic police policies against Black & Latino men entitled Stop+Frisk.

The full lineup is as follows:
Cakes Da Killa: No Homo (dir. Jatovia Gary)
Seventh Grade (dir. Stefani Saintonge)
Stop+Frisk (dir. Ghenga Akinnagbe)
Ying and Yang (dir. Kevin D. Walker)
Touch (dir. Shola Amoo)
Fleecing Led Zeppelin (dir. Gabriel Tolliver)
Deluge (dir. Nijla Baseema Mu’min)

Open City Mixtape: Kids (dir. A.V. Rockwell)

-Q&A w/ Directors/ Filmmakers

NEW BLACK CLASSIC– THE BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET – 1984, John Sayles, USA, 104 min

With Joe Morton, Steve James, Bill Cobbs, Daryl Edwards, Tom Wright, Maggie Renzi, DeeDee Bridgewater, Herbert Newsome, David Straithairn. In this underrated dramatic comedy from modern auteur John Sayles, in which star Joe Morton had his breakout film role, an alien and escaped slave who, while fleeing “Another Planet”, has crash-landed in Upper New York Harbor. Resembling an African-American man, save his big hairy feet and psionic powers, the mute” Brother” struggles to adapt to his new surroundings while staying out of sight from the two white ‘Men in Black’ hunting him, and gets by thanks to the his sweet nature and the Harlem community coming to his aid. An allegory about the immigrant experience and assimilation, The Brother From Another Planet celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and has been selected as New Voices in Black Cinema’s newest New Black Classic – an older Black film that needs to be seen by all.

-Q&A w/ John Sayles

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE!

For more information regarding participation as a SPONSOR, ADVERTISER, OR PARTNER, contact Tiasia O’Brien at Tiasia@actnowproduction.org.

To volunteer and for more information on the festival go to our website www.actnowproduction.org or

contact Martin M. at Martin@actnowproduction.org.

SEE YOU IN BROOKLYN!

BAMcinematek will present thirteen feature films and 10 shorts this year. With a world premiere screening of Unsound, New York premieres of 1982The Bicycle, and Aya De Yop City and the first screening of Flex is Kings in Brooklyn, this year’s line up promises to add a new flair of diversity to New Voices in Black Cinema.
WORLD PREMIERE
Unsound
Fri, March 28th, 6:45pm
A filmmaker resorts to extreme measures to help his mother through her mental illness. Directed by Darious J. Britt.
NY PREMIERE
The Bicycle
Sat, Mar 29th, 2pm
This whimsical, family-friendly film follows a man’s attempts to repair his relationship his daughter-to-be. Screens with the short film
The Unseen Beauty.
NY PREMIERE
1982
Sat, Mar 29th, 6:45pm
Starring Hill Harper, Wayne Brady and Ruby Dee, this film is a drug addiction drama set in 1980’s Philadelphia.
New Voices in Black Cinema presents it’s 1st 
animated feature film!
Sat, Mar 29th, 4:30pm
Directed by Marguerite Abouet
and Clément Oubrerie

Based on Marguerite Abouet’s popular graphic novel series about her life in 1970s post-colonial Cote d’Ivoire, this animated film chronicles the story of 19-year-old Aya and her friends Adjoua and Bintou, who live in the working-class neighborhood of Abidjian (renamed Yop City). While Aya would like to become a doctor one day, her friends are more interested in nightclubbing at the local maquis and hunting for a husband. A comedy filled with diverse voices and characters, Aya of Yop City is a portrait of modern urban Africa. Buy tickets!

We are still seeking dedicated volunteers to work with our annual Festival.Volunteer positions are available with:Administrative Support, Hospitality, Press/Publicity, Festival Production, Promotions, Registration, Social Media, and Sponsorship/Marketing.  

Volunteers are needed during the festival as well as in the weeks leading up to the event.

This is a great opportunity to work with a respected arts organization and acquire valuable contacts in independent film. Volunteers also receive access to Festival screenings after a minimum number of service hours.

Click below to email Martin Majeske and inquire about volunteer opportunities!


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March 18, 2014 Posted by | ENTREPRENEURS, FILM, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

FREE! Community Dance Classes with Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company

FREE

Community Dance Class with Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company

Ingersoll Community Center and BRIC present
Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company
Community Dance Classes


Ronald K. Brown Dance Class

Evidence, A Dance Company
Photo: Ryan Muir

All ages and skill levels are welcome to join us for a series of Community Dance Classes taught by Ronald K. Brown and members of his company, Evidence, A Dance Company.

Evidence, A Dance Company blends traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word providing a unique view of human struggles, tragedies, and triumphs. These Community Classes, accessible for all ages and skill levels, are rooted in the Company’s fusion aesthetic and are the perfect alternative to another boring day at the gym. Come discover the joy of dance! No previous experience necessary.

Ronald K. Brown, Evidence

Community Dance Class with Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company

March 24, 2014 · 6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Ingersoll Community Center
FREE

All Ages/Levels

Ronald K. Brown, Evidence

Community Dance Class with Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company

April 7, 2014 · 6:00 PM-7:30 PM
BRIC Arts | Media House
FREE

All Ages/Levels

Ronald K. Brown, Evidence

Community Dance Class with Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company

April 21, 2014 · 6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Ingersoll Community Center
FREE

All Ages/Levels

Ronald K. Brown, Evidence

Community Dance Class with Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company

May 5, 2014 · 6:00 PM-7:30 PM
BRIC Arts | Media House
FREE

All Ages/Levels

Ronald K. Brown, Evidence

Community Dance Class with Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company

May 19, 2014 · 6:00 PM-7:30 PM
BRIC Arts | Media House
FREE

All Ages/Levels

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Ticketing Information

This event is free.

Venue Information

Ingersoll Community Center

Location
177 Myrtle Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Contact Information
Tel: 718.855.2923

March 15, 2014 Posted by | CULTURE, LIFESTYLES, opportunity, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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