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Dance/Feminism/Workshops – The Window Sex Project – 9/16 + 10/14 *nyc

Highly recommended!!

Respond to Street Harassment: 9/16 + 10/14

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The Window Sex Project: Community Workshops

Saturdays, September 16October 14 | 10AM-3PM

The Langston Hughes House, 20 E. 127th Street (between Madison and 5th Avenues)

Dear Carlton,

We’re just one week away from our first The Window Sex Project Community Workshop of the season. We hope you will give yourself the gift of movement and fellowship with community by joining us on Saturday.

Wondering what we’ll be doing in the workshop? Check out the facilitators and speakers we have planned for September 16 and then REGISTER!

Love + Light,

Sydnie

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

10:00AM

REGISTRATION + WELCOME

Meet us at The Langston Hughes House! Check in, grab your goodie bag, and meet some new folks.

10:45AM YOGA + DANCE

YOGA with Allegra Romita

Breathe, warm your body up, and set your intention for day. (Don’t forget your mat! If you don’t have one, we’ll have extras courtesy of Harlem Yoga.)

SOCA with Candace Thompson

Whine your waist and celebrate your body in this high energy dance class that will take you to Carnival!

12:00PM LUNCH +

STORY CIRCLES

Grab your lunch (provided!) and share your stories. Facilitators will guide participants in a story circle process that encourages listening and witnessing.

1:15PM CREATIVE MOVEMENT with Sydnie L. Mosley

From storytelling to movement making, Sydnie will guide participants in creating from their experiences.

2:15PM SPEAKER + DISCUSSION

with Nuala Cabral

Join us for a discussion with Nuala Cabral – educator, activist and award-winning filmmaker, who has taught media production, media advocacy and media literacy in high schools, colleges and community centers. Learn More about Nuala.

RSVP NOW

The Window Sex Project Community Workshops are presented in community partnership with I, Too Arts Collective, Five Boro Story Project, Harlem Yoga, and Sixth Street Wellness. The Community Workshops are made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. They are also presented in marketing partnership with Stop Street Harassment, Hollaback!, The Laundromat Project, Barnard Center for Research on Women, and The Schomburg Center.

Consider making a monthly, tax-deductible gift that will sustain us through the end of year

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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

 

 

May 30, 2017 Posted by | #dance, BUSINESS, CULTURE, Dance, ENTREPRENEURS, HOLIDAY GUIDES, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dance/Classes – Dance Africa – Adult Master Class 5/29 12pm – 1:30pm *bklyn *MMDG #BAM #DanceAfrica

MMDG Master Class Series

DanceAfrica 2017: Adult Master Class

M’Bemba Bangoura of Wula Dance and Drum Ensemble will lead this immersive workshop for participants to master Guinean styles of dance and music.
For intermediate to advanced levels. Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended

Co-presented by BAM and Mark Morris Dance Group

In conjunction with DanceAfrica 2017


All ages and levels can join the DanceAfrica Family Workshop on May 29 from 10-11:15am. Learn more >

May 29
12:00PM – 1:30PM
$12
Register
M’Bemba Bangoura has traveled the world as a performer and teacher of the Djembe drum, and he is revered for his high level of mastery. As a native of Guinea, West Africa, M’Bemba began playing the djembe at the young age of seven. By the age of twenty-one, he was acclaimed as a master drummer and was invited to play for Ballet Djoliba, the national company of Guinea. Since moving to the US in 1992, M’Bemba is an integral part of the entire drum and dance scene nationwide. He has taught hundreds of students, many of who are now teachers themselves. In addition, he has personally created choreography and developed repertoire for dozens of dance companies worldwide.
Working throughout the United States, Mexico, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean, his style is infectious. He has recorded 3 solo albums, and a 2 volumes of DVDS called Wamato: Everybody Look! M’bemba has been a guest artist on dozens of other recording projects, videos, and films. Dedicated to teaching drumming, dancing, and his culture, M’Bemba is one of the prominent ambassadors for Guinean drum and dance!

Mark Morris Dance Center

3 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217-1415

Get Directions

Phone: 718.624.8400
info@mmdg.org

Visit the Dance Center

The mission of the Mark Morris Dance Group is to develop, promote, and sustain dance, music, and opera productions by Mark Morris and to serve as a cultural resource to engage and enrich the community.

May 17, 2017 Posted by | #dance, avant-garde, CULTURE, Dance, ENTREPRENEURS, HOLIDAY GUIDES, LIFESTYLES, Music, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

DANCE – News – Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

The June 2015 Dance USA conference in Miami was serendipitous for many reasons. It was there I announced MoBBallet and met Bahia Ramos of the Knight Foundation, who on that very day decided to fund us. I met International Association of Blacks in Dance and Dance USA’s executive directors Denise Saunders Thompson and Amy Fitterer (in person). Later we went on to organize the first audition for female ballet dancers of color that took place that January. It was after my breakout session that I had the great fortunate to meet Ellen Walker, the Executive Director of Pacific Northwest Ballet.

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Beyond Ballet; A Town Hall (video)
Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) hosts Beyond Ballet, a conversation which investigates aesthetics, diversity, equity, and the efforts to redesign arts institutions. This forum is an open study group for organizations participating in the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Racial Equity Learning Cohorts, part of the , the City’s commitment to eliminate racial disparities and achieve racial equity in Seattle. Panelists include Peter Boal, Artistic Director of PNB; Donald Byrd, Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theater; Erica Edwards,  former Joffrey Ballet dancer, Director of Community Engagement at The Joffrey Ballet; Kiyon Gaines, former PNB soloist and PNB School faculty member; and Andrea Long-Naidu, Former principal dancer with at Dance Theatre of Harlem and CityDance Conservatory ballet instructor . The event is moderated by Theresa Ruth Howard, founder and curator of MOBB.
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Giving “Hiplet” Serious Side Eye
Hiplet is sweeping the nation. Between TedX, Refinery29, Desigual campaigns, Anna Wintour’s #madeforher fundraiser and the plethora of morning show spots, the hybrid dance craze—known for its sassy runway-style walks on pointe and crab-like bent-knee jazzy chassés—has gone viral.
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Michalea DePrince is now the face of Jockey.
Dutch National Ballet’s newest soloist Michalea DePrince is now the face of Jockey. In this inspirational and uplifting new spot, DePrince not only shares her origin story but illustrates just how to turn a “flaw” into a signature. There are so many things that are refreshing about this ad, starting with the way it is shot. It is not sleek and glossy rather like most spokesmodel ads, it is natural in lighting and feel. Michaela is not overly styled, she is not a glossy, buffed and shined, photoshopped version of herself rather she looks like… her and she is beautiful. 
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A Continuing Inspiration…

Ms. Johnson was to Ballet what Maria Callas was to Opera..she was not only a wonderful dancer but an incredible actress. Her performance in the mad scene in Giselle,  her Blanche in Streetcar Named Desire and Lizzie Borden were electrifying! Here is a small taste *the final clip she dances with Lowell Smith

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At Random: 303 Stories and Counting.
Sandra Organ was Houston Ballet’s first African American ballerina, dancing there for 15 years (1982-97) and as a soloist under Ben Stevenson and Rehearsal Director for Christopher Bruce. She then founded her own contemporary ballet ensemble, Earthen Vessels, The Sandra Organ Dance Company (EVSODC) for which she created over 100 ballets and employed more than 120 dancers over sixteen seasons of programming in theatres and sacred spaces.
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Made Possible by The Knight Foundation
MoBBallet is made possible by…
A national foundation with strong local roots, the Knight Foundation invests in journalism, the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy.
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Only As Strong As Our Stories…
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May 17, 2017 Posted by | #dance, avant-garde, CULTURE, Dance, ENTREPRENEURS, LIFESTYLES, opportunity, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Dance — STEPS BEYOND FOUNDATION -5/20 Performance Lab Series Selects Eight Dance Makers to Present Works in Progress *NYC

STEPS BEYOND FOUNDATION ADDRESSES POLITICAL UNCERTAINTY THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW DANCE WORKS

 

Performance Lab Series Selects Eight Dance Makers to Present

Works in Progress

The Steps Beyond Foundation, Steps on Broadway’s non-profit arm that connects artists and community through dialogue, performance, and artistic collaboration, announces Choreography in Uncertain Times, the follow-up to last month’s panel discussion, Art in Uncertain Times. Taking place on May 20 at 8:00 p.m., the foundation has curated a program of aspiring choreographers reacting to the current political climate, the precarious position of the arts, and the impactthis has on the dance community both in New York and at large.

 

Selecting from a large pool of applicants, the Performance Lab offers choreographers and emerging dance makers an opportunity to present completed works, works in progress, or experimental concepts in a highly-curated studio theater setting.

 

“Because we are a tight knit community that thrives on building each other up, this particular lab is a wonderful opportunity to open up a conversation that impacts and changes all of us,” explains Diane Grumet, Artistic Director of the Steps Beyond Foundation. “This lab in particular, allows us to advocate for and nurture the ways in which our peers are responding to the current climate and the palpable threats made to our community. Perhaps with discussion will come a solution.”

 

A diverse panel of industry professionals selected choreographers Angel Kaba, Chris MakensKat NastiKatharine Pettit,Keli Gunn, Sidra Bell and Talia Putrino. Additionally, Davis Robertson will be premiering a piece on the dancers of the Steps Conservatory. The evening will include contemporary, hip hop, theater dance and jazz with each choreographer presenting up to an eight minute piece.

 

A brief Q&A completes the showcase, giving choreographers and audience members the opportunity to gain insight and join the discussion. A light reception follows.

 

PERFORMANCE and VENUE INFORMATION

The Arts in Uncertain Times Performance Lab will be held on May 20, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. in the Steps Studio Theater on the third floor.

 

Steps on Broadway is located at 2121 Broadway at 74th Street and is accessible by the 1,2, and 3 trains.

 

All tickets are $15, and on sale at https://stepsnyc.com/steps-beyond/performances/the-performance-lab/tickets/.

 

 

 

ABOUT THE STEPS BEYOND FOUNDATION

Launched in 2015 and directed by Diane Grumet, The Steps Beyond Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and sustaining dance artistry and cultivating supporters of the dance community. The Foundation offers collaborative opportunities among established and emerging artists through community engagement, dance scholarships, performances and special events.

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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!

April 28, 2017 Posted by | #dance, ART, avant-garde, BUSINESS, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, HOLIDAY GUIDES, LIFESTYLES, Music, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

We Highly Recommend attending ALL THREE DAYS!

Ballet! Modern! Interpretive! Alternative!

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Please see below for a complete lineup.

Brooklyn Bridge Dance Festival

including the Periapsis Open Series

GK ArtsCenter and Periapsis Music and Dance

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

April 24, 2017 Posted by | ART, BUSINESS, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, GUIDES, HOLIDAY GUIDES, Music, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

MUSIC – Upcoming Events › SummerStage *NYC #Summer

Mavis Staples / Toshi Reagon

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

Rumsey Playfield 
New York, NY

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

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Free

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

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

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

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

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Free

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

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

Rumsey Playfield 
New York, NY

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

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Free

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

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

Rumsey Playfield 
New York, NY

Cantorial classics and new Yiddish music from contemporary Chassidic artists

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Free

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

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

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

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

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$55

Elvis Costello & The Imposters

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

Rumsey Playfield 
New York, NY

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

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Free

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

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

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

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

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Free

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

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

Rumsey Playfield 
New York, NY

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

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Free

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

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

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

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

Find out more »

City Parks Foundation Gala Concert & Dinner

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

Rumsey Playfield 
New York, NY

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

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Free

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

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

Rumsey Playfield 
New York, NY

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

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Free

Digable Planets

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

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

The poetic hip-hop trio are still cool like dat

Featuring 6pm pre-show workshop with Scratch Academy…

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Free

Margaret Glaspy / Alexander F

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

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

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

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Free

Just Blaze in association with Meanred

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

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

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

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Free

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

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

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

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

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Free

Denzel Curry in association with Move Forward Music

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

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

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

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Free

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

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

Rumsey Playfield 
New York, NY

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

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Free

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

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

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

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

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Free

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

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

Rumsey Playfield 
New York, NY

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

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Free

KRS-One / DJ Chuck Chillout

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

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

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

Featuring 4pm pre-show dance workshop with KwikStep…

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

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

Rumsey Playfield 
New York, NY

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

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Free

Freedom Party® NYC

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

Rumsey Playfield 
New York, NY

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

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

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

Dumont Ave. & Strauss St., 
Brooklyn, NY

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

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Free

Vivian Green / Music with a Message / GrandWizzard Theodore

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

Dumont Ave. & Strauss St., 
Brooklyn, NY

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

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

New York’s Longest Running Series Presenting Exclusively

New Dances by Women Choreographers Making New Work On Pointe

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

SCHEDULE

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

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

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

 

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

 

TICKET INFO

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

 

VENUE INFORMATION

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

 

PERFORMANCE NOTES

 

Pas de Deux|Premiere

Presenting company: Brooklyn Ballet

Choreographer: Lynn Parkerson

Visual artist: Cornelia Thomsen

Music: Jean-Phillippe Rameau

Piano: Julius Abrahams

Length: 9.5 minutes

 

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

 

Bi-Polaris|Premiere

Presenting company: Benjamin Briones Ballet

Choreographer: Ursula Verduzco

Visual artist: Lizzie Scott

Music: Philip Glass

Costumes: UBCostumesandDancewear.com

Length: 7minutes

 

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

 

Martha Edwards|Premiere

Presenting company: Gleich Dances

Choreographer: Julia K. Gleich

Visual artist: Elana Herzog

Music credit: Country Western selections

 

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

 

 

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About Norte Maar

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

 

About Brooklyn Ballet

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

 

About Julia K. Gleich

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

 

 

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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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