The Takeover- Harlem
Co-Produced by Harlem Stage
February 21- 25, 2017
Co-Produced by Harlem Stage, The Apollo Theater and a host of legendary Harlem venues, AFROPUNK commemorates Black History Month by celebrating African-American culture and engaging with contemporary thought and issues, in the New York neighborhood that’s been central to the black American experience for well over a century. AFROPUNK The Takeover – Harlem will present a week-long series of events featuring live musical performances, film screenings, comedy shows, jam sessions and frank discussions on identity, art and protest.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2017
NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE
BLACK JOY AS AN EXPRESSION OF RESISTANCE AND LIBERATION
OPENING PANEL DISCUSSION
7:00PM, FREE (Suggested donation $10)
2031 5th Ave, New York, NY 10035
The kickoff event of AFROPUNK The Takeover – Harlem confronts this historic political moment with a conversation about the diverse expression and cultural significance of Black Joy! With stereotypical images and tropes of “Blackness” inundating today’s media, it is imperative to explore the creative resistance, expression and liberation housed in our joy — on our own terms, in our own words. This panel discussion will explore the ways our various institutions and movements continue to tell our stories and introduce counter-narratives that genuinely celebrate who we are as a people. It will shine a light on the tools that have helped heal, activate and keep the cultural expressions of our communities unapologetic and liberated.
Participating in the panel will be
Zoe Kravitz, actress/musician
Larry Ossei-Mensah, co-founder of ARTNOIR
Sade Lythcott, CEO of National Black Theatre
Matthew Morgan, Founder of AFROPUNK
Moderated by André D. Singleton, Co-Founder of The Very Black Project
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2017
TAMAR-KALI: DEMON FRUIT BLUES – A WORK-IN-PROGRESS SHOWING
150 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031
Connecting the dots between modern day rock, gospel, blues and original African rhythms, Tamar-Kali’s Demon Fruit Blues is a multidisciplinary work that explores and deconstructs interrogates gender binaries, patriarchy and womanhood by examining the origins of misogyny. Through the use of music and movement by Ase Dance Theatre Collective, Demon Fruit Blues interrogates the ‘curse of womanhood’ in Judeo-Christian ideology and how this perception of the female body reverberates in modern day western society, in an effort to heal a culture of “unspoken” influences that psychically severs the ties between history and culture. This work-in-progress showing will be preceded by the screening of a short film and followed by a panel discussion with the Tamar-kali, Adia Whitaker, Ashley Brockington, Feminista Jones and more.
THE SHED: OPEN JAM SESSION – AFROPUNK EDITION
GIN FIZZ HARLEM
Ranked as one of New York City’s “Top 5 Jam Sessions,” #TheShed is a bi-weekly gathering that takes place at Gin Fizz Harlem. It is the brainchild of Grammy-nominated producer/engineer, AnuSun, and provides a taste of the New Renaissance happening in Harlem, and a launch-pad for emerging musical talent. Join us for the special AFROPUNK Edition of The Shed, you never know who might come through!
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2017
BEARING WITNESS AS PROTEST
THE STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM
6PM-8:30PM, $7 GA/ $3 Students
144 West 125th Street, New York, New York
Explore current and historical expressions of dissent in contemporary art at The Window and The Breaking of the Window and Circa 1970, two current exhibitions at The Studio Museum. The evening will begin with a guided walk-through the exhibitions, followed by a public dialogue on bearing witness as an act of protest, and on the actions needed to create the path ahead.
The discussion will be a public dialogue about bearing witness as an act of protest with members of Harlem Copwatch, Oasa DuVerney (Featured artist in The Window and the Breaking of the Window) and moderated by Chaédria LaBouvier (creator of Basquiat’s Defacement).
AFROPUNK & JILL NEWMAN PRODUCTIONS present A Night Of Comedy Featuring Gina Yashere Doors: 9:00PM; Show: 9:30PM, $20 ADV/$25 DOS GINNY’S SUPPER CLUB at Red Rooster 310 Lenox Avenue, New York, NY 10027 Purchase Tickets Now
AFROPUNK and Jill Newman Productions are collaborating to present – AFROPUNK Comedy featuring Nigerian-UK comic Gina Yashere. Gina Yashere is a stand up Comedian and TV star from the UK that broke onto the American scene in NBC’s Last Comic Standing. She has appeared on Def Comedy Jam. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Nightly Show on Comedy Central and in her 1 hour Stand Up Special on Showtime, Skinny B*tch. Kevin Avery is a comedian and Emmy award-winning writer. His writing credits include HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, VH1′s Best Week Ever and the critically acclaimed FX original series, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, on which he had the distinction of serving as head writer.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2017
AFROPUNK & THE CINEMA AT THE MAYSLES DOCUMENTARY CENTER present a screening of
THE TALK – RACE IN AMERICA
6:30PM; $10 Donation
THE CINEMA AT MAYSLES DOCUMENTARY CENTER
343 Lenox Avenue, New York, NY, 10027
The Talk – Race in America – a documentary about the increasingly common conversation taking place in homes and communities across the country between parents of color and their children, about how to behave if they are ever stopped by the police. The film profiles, Dr. Christi Griffin, Samaria Rice, mother of Tamir Rice, who was a 12-year-old boy killed by the Cleveland police while playing with a toy gun in a local park;Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President and retired New York police officer, Kenya Barris, creator/executive producer of Peabody Award-winning ABC series black-ish; Nas, musician/activist, John Singleton, director/screenwriter/producer; and Charles Blow, New York Times Op-Ed columnist.
MAD FREE & AFROPUNK present The Hair Tales: An Appropriation Conversation
150 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031
Cultural critic and image activist Michaela Angela Davis teams up with Franchesca Ramsey, actress/comedian/provocateur and creator of the YouTube sensation “Shit White Girls Say to Black Girls,” to engage in a candid and kinky communal conversation about Black Girl hair culture in the age of #BlackGirlMagic & #BlackLivesMatter. Designed as a Pan-African Parisian Salon, the evening will feature improvisational braiding by Ancestral Strands, exclusive set pieces by Enitan Vintage, cocktails and YOU.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2017
THE APOLLO THEATER
AFROPUNK: “UNAPOLOGETICALLY BLACK” THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN SONGBOOK REMIXED, A CELEBRATION OF BLACK PROTEST MUSIC
7:30PM, Tickets start at $33.50
253 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027
Creative & Musical Direction by Robert Glasper
With Igmar Thomas & The Revive Big Band
Featuring Special Guests
Bilal, Toshi Reagon, Staceyann Chin, Jill Scott, Tunde Adebimpe (TV ON THE RADIO) and more
AFROPUNK pays homage to black protest music and iconic and contemporary artists who have celebrated the power of being unapologetically black.
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The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) will bring more than 3,600 artists and performing industry leaders from the worlds of dance, theater, music, opera, family programing and more to New York City Jan. 6-10. Preconference workshops and events, many of which are free and open to the public, take place Jan. 5-6. You will especially want to attend and cover plenary sessions, where major artists and leaders from arts, culture and other sectors will share their perspectives on conference themes and engage with the audience of local, national and global arts professionals. Please also spread the word early that plenaries are also live streamed.
APAP works to advance the global performing arts industry, and the annual conference offers one-on-one contact and shared experience and insights for members, the public, and the media. The event provides significant opportunities, economically and creatively, for the range of constituents comprising the performing arts presenting field. This year APAP|NYC will feature artists and arts leaders at the top of their fields; more than 1,000 world-class performance showcases; more than 370 exhibitors promoting their artists and their work in the EXPO Hall; more than 60 professional development sessions and intensives, some open to the public; the annual APAP awards luncheon, and a free classical music concert at Carnegie Hall.
The conference again provides a platform for artists, presenters, promoters, and other performing arts professionals to reflect and engage in discussions and solutions around pressing current issues such as cultural conflict and social justice—issues that have intensified since last January and that resonate throughout our communities in the U.S. and worldwide, fueling our collective need for innovation and creativity.
•The opening plenary Friday at 5:00 pm will include
welcome remarks from Mario Garcia Durham, President and CEO of APAP,
opening remarks from a nationally-known arts and cultural leader (to be confirmed),
followed by a panel discussion moderated by Robyn Archer, Deputy Chair of the Australia Council.
Panelists will include several dynamic thought leaders such as
Chicana activist Martha Gonzalez, who is a singer/percussionist with Quetzal, a bilingual (Spanish-English) Chicano rock band from East Los Angeles
and Jose Antonio Vargas, founder of Define American.
An additional speaker will join the above to explore how artists and cultural leaders, in collaboration with agent/managers, presenters and other co-producers have the potential to serve as catalysts for positive community engagement that leads to social change and social justice.
•At the 9:00 am featured session Saturday, “Changing the Flow: Creativity, Innovation and Disruption at Work,”
Steven Tepper, dean of the new Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at ASU will lead a discussion
with digital media expert Michael Hawley and others to explore the creative capacities needed to advance culture, build community and address the most pressing challenges of today. (The institute at ASU is a think tank that brings high-powered creatives together to reconsider how we talk about the arts as a creative and innovative force.) The session is followed by breakout discussion groups.
•Sessions that tie to APAP year around programs, grants and resources, including:
oAPAP’s Building Bridges: Arts, Culture, and Identity grants program, aimed at building greater knowledge and awareness about Muslim societies and how to affect social change in these troubled times
oThe Cultural Exchange Laboratory (CXL), a new tool and resource to support the process of identifying, booking and touring international artists
oA session on how to use marketing research to build arts audiences, including hints on designing and applying market research activities to arts organizations (based on The Wallace Foundation’s Building Arts Audiences initiative)
oSharing of experiences by members of the first cohort of APAP Leadership Fellows who reach across generations, gender, job sectors and other ways performing arts professionals identify themselves in the presenting field
•The APAP|NYC “5 Minutes to SHINE!” competition Jan. 9 at 9:30 a.m., where artists, presenters, agents and other industry professionals share a compelling story or idea in an exciting pecha kucha format and the audience votes on one winner to present at the Annual APAP|NYC Awards Luncheon the same day
•New this year, each plenary will open with a “creative moment,” a brief performance or guided creative experience that provokes, inspires or otherwise sets the stage for the conversation that follows (e.g. spoken word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain before Friday’s opening plenary; and Heidi Latsky’s piece, “On Display,” with up to 50 dancers with disabilities strategically placed across the entrance area to the Saturday plenary session.
•Each year the popular, fast-moving pecha kucha-style plenary Saturday at noon features five ultra-creative artists that talk about their source of inspiration, their career arc, and their place in these challenging times.
APAP|NYC 2017 is a monumental gathering of performers, agents, presenters, producers and more, with great stories to tell and mesmerizing visuals everywhere you look.
Plenary and Featured Speaker Highlights:
•Taylor Mac whose recent work, “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music,” speaks directly to today’s headlines around equality, equity, civility and our fundamental human rights; his recent 24-hour marathon performance was featured in The New York Times, and he was recently reviewed by The Guardian.
•Camille A. Brown, dancer, choreographer, and founder of Camille A. Brown & Dancers, which is recognized for its introspective approach to cultural themes through visceral movement and socio-political dialogues.
•Maysoon Zayid, Arab-American comedienne, writer and tap dancer from New Jersey; at her TED Talk she said “I got 99 problems…palsy is just one”
•Paola Prestini, plays the German lieder and composed the new production of the opera “Gilgamesh”
•Jonah Bokaer, choreographer and media artist whose latest collaboration with Daniel Arsham and Pharrell Williams, “Rules of the Game,” is in the midst of a global tour.
•Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, dancer, teacher and choreographer of modern dance, and founder of Urban Bush Women dance company
•Jose Antonio Vargas, who started the platform called “Defining American,” and explores the question, “What does it mean to be American?” He is a Filipino immigrant who is gay, and thus has been through most of the identity battles
•Aaron Dworkin, dean, School of Music, Theater and Dance; University of Michigan
•Steven Tepper, dean, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
This Saturday at 7:30pm, Sarah Chien be showing a new improvised duet called “Tethered” and it would mean so much to see you there!She hasjoined forces with fellow improviser Ethan Meigs, and they are exploring the duality of structure- how it can both restrict and liberate us. There’s a certain magic that happens when we’re in the space together- and we all hope you can come witness it!Brooklyn Studios for Dance, where I’ve been teaching this fall, is organizing this incredible hybrid evening that includes an improv jam, a dinner and an improvisationally arranged showcase of work by 12 artists. Our duet will be part of the performance portion of the evening (starting around 7:30), but you are welcome to come earlier and join us in all of the festivities starting from 5pm.Dinner is included in the $10 admission (whaaat?!). No reservations, just show up!If you’re not free on Saturday, they will be doing a preview performance on Tuesdayat 7:30 pm at The Woods Cooperative, 1826 Palmetto. #1 in Ridgewood. I believe its free as part of Dance to the People’s Holiday PartyThey are so excited to showing this work at such welcoming, community-focused spaces. You’ll be welcome too!– Please support Sarah and her wonderful choreography. We Recommend it!
PROTOTYPE is the premier festival of opera-theatre and music-theatre. January 5-15, 2017
After just four years on the scene, PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now has been deemed “the go-to spot for brilliantly produced new indie chamber opera” by The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times called the 2016 festival an “explosion of boundary-defying chamber opera.”
Now blazing into its fifth season, PROTOTYPE returns January 5-15, 2017. Beth Morrison Projects and HERE have come together to bring you a striking celebration of opera and a stellar array of artists, presenting new works by Matt Marks & Paul Peers; Missy Mazzoli & Royce Vavrek; David Lang & Mark Dion; M Lamar & Hunter Hunt-Hendrix; Sahba Aminikia, Jeff Beal, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Shara Nova, Toshi Reagon, DJ Spooky, & Brooklyn Youth Chorus; Sarah Small; Cerise Jacobs & Julian Wachner – at HERE and our partner presenting venues – NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, BRIC Arts | Media House, National Sawdust, and French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF).
https://player.vimeo.com/video/188010094?&wmode=transparentwatch the prototype 2017 trailer
Batida (Portugal/Angola): Booming Afro electronic dance party
Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo (Venezuela): Powerhouse Afro-Venezuelan vocalist (US Debut)
Jojo Abot (Ghana/Denmark/USA): Globetrotting experimental Afropolitan pop-soul
L’Orchestre Afrisa International et M’bilia Bel (DRC/USA): Tabu Ley Rochereau’s Congolese rumba legends return
Maarja Nuut feat. Hendrik Kaljujärv (Estonia): Digital Estonian folk soundscapes
Ranky Tanky (USA): Funky Gullah songs of the South Carolina Sea Islands
Rare Essence (USA): DC’s pioneering polyrhythmic Go-Go superstars
Rascasuelos (Argentina): Vanguard tango music and dance reimagined
Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition (USA): Deeply rooted Indo-jazz
Septeto Santiaguero (Cuba): Adventurous Grammy-winning son cubano stars
SsingSsing (Korea) Extravagant shamanistic Korean folk songs meet rock
ARTS – #APAP #NYC — January In NYC links 12 major performing arts festivals and conferencess around APAP|NYC 2017 1/3-22/17
45,000 Performing Arts Professionals and Enthusiasts Await the Most Comprehensive Celebration of the Performing Arts Around the Globe
January In NYC links 12 major performing arts festivals and conferencess around APAP|NYC 2017
November 3, 2016– Every January in New York City, more than 45,000 industry professionals and enthusiasts come together to experience the most comprehensive celebration of the performing arts around the globe. This January 3-22, a dozen events organized by leading arts organizations will spotlight the best and newest in theater, dance, opera and music. With more than 1,500 world-class showcases and full-length performances, concerts and public programs, conferences, keynote speakers, professional development and networking opportunities, the partnership of public festivals and industry events, January In NYC demonstrates how rich, vibrant, vast and diverse the performing arts are.
“There is an electricity in the air the moment all of these performing arts professionals and festival-goers descend upon the streets, clubs, performance spaces and conference hotels of New York during the first few weeks of January,” said Mario Garcia Durham, president and CEO of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP).
EVENTS FOR 2017 include conferences, festivals and concerts—many open to the public. Details are available at JanuaryInNYC.org and individual event websites:
American Dance Platform, Jan. 3-8, Joyce.org
Performance Space 122’s COIL Festival, Jan. 3-22, ps122.org/coil
The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival (UTR), Jan. 4-15, undertheradarfestival.com
Jazz Connect Conference, Jan. 5-6, jazz-connect.com
Wavelengths: APAP World Music Preconference, Jan. 5-6, APAPNYC.org
NYC Winter Jazzfest, Jan. 5-10, winterjazzfest.com
American Realness, Jan. 5-15, americanrealness.com
PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now, Jan. 5-15, prototypefestival.org
APAP|NYC 2017, Jan. 6-10 and Preconference, Jan 5-6, APAPNYC.org
globalFEST, Jan. 8, globalfest.org
ISPA’s 99th Congress, Jan. 10-12, ispa.org
Chamber Music America (CMA), Jan. 12-15, chamber-music.org
January In NYC grew organically as live arts festivals and professional events were scheduled around the annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters conference (APAP|NYC), which will celebrate 60 years in 2017. Organizers of events built onto the concentration of artists and presenters already traveling to New York. In January 2014, nine such organizations formed a deliberate collaboration to more effectively and efficiently serve the performing arts community. A dozen groups now comprise the partnership.