Artistic Director Cameron McKinney of Kizuna Dance says:
"We're adapting to these crazy times, and...We're Still Making Art"
DANCING IN THE PARKWe have been workshopping material for new movement studies through invited sessions in the park! Check out a phrase developed in Brooklyn's own Prospect Park with some members of our dance community:
FROM THE FOLKS at THE PARK AVENUE ARMORY:
The next phase of the 100 Years | 100 Women initiative, a partnership with lead partner National Black Theatre and nine other New York City cultural institutions who together commissioned 100 artists and cultural creators to respond to the centennial of the 19th Amendment will debut on Tuesday, August 18. The projects, created by a multidisciplinary group that includes Carrie Mae Weems, Deborah Willis, Toshi Reagon, Zoë Buckman, Andrea Jenkins, and many more, have also been shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing, widespread racial justice movements, and the divisive election season. On Tuesday, August 18 at 2pm, the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s ratification, the Armory will host an online viewing party previewing the projects, publicly debuting an interactive digital portal that allows audiences to explore each commission, and premiering a short film by Shola Lynch documenting the inspirations and processes behind the participants’ contributions, including the ways in which the issues of the current moment have informed their work.
100 Years | 100 Women launched in February as part of the Armory’s annual “Culture in a Changing America” symposium, when the eleven partner institutions nominated 100 artists, activists, scholars, students, and community leaders to interrogate the complex legacy of women’s suffrage with new work to be presented as part of a gathering, showcase, and celebration scheduled to take place in the Armory’s Drill Hall this past spring. In lieu of the in-person celebration, the online viewing party--streaming on YouTube August 18 —will feature a sneak peek at some of the commissioned works, remarks by artists and partner organizations, and appearances by special guests including Maya Wiley, Susan Herman, Tantoo Cardinal, and more.
In addition to Park Avenue Armory and National Black Theater, the group of commissioning partners includes Apollo Theater; The Juilliard School; La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club; The Laundromat Project; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of the Moving Image; National Sawdust; New York University (Department of Photography and Imaging, Tisch School of the Arts; Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity and Strategic Innovation; and Institute of African American Affairs & Center for Black Visual Culture); and Urban Bush Women.
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Arts On THE ROOF
In response to the ongoing pandemic, Arts On Site is presenting an intimate performance series on the rooftop of 12 Saint Marks Place. Arts On THE ROOF features a collection of NYC artists from music and dance with each artist individually showcased on a separate date in August. This performance series has been created to adhere to current COVID-19 restrictions. Each performance is located outdoors to ensure proper ventilation and there's a maximum of 10 guests per performance to allow for social distancing. Each artist performs a 30 to 45 minute piece with two performances on each specified date. The first event is this Saturday and there are limited tickets available.
August 15th 6:30 & 8:30pm ARKAI (music)
August 28th 6:30 & 8:30pm THE BANG GROUP (dance)
August 29th 6:30 & 8:30pm DUAL RIVET (dance)
Purchase tickets at: artsonsite.ticketleap.com/arts-on-the-roof/
The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce presentes
"A Great Day in Harlem" Features Performances by
Harlem Music Festival's All Star Band featuring Ray Chew, Hezekiah Walker,
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater,
Dance Theater of Harlem,
Jazz at Lincoln Center,
and IMPACT Repertory Theater
Find out more @ www.harlemweek.com.
Dance/NYC Announces Recipients of Disability. Dance. Artistry. Dance and Social Justice Fellowship Program
FROM THE FOLKS at dance/NYC:
The 26 recipients of the Disability. Dance. Artistry. Dance and Social Justice Fellowship Program made possible by the generous support of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs CreateNYC Disability Forward Fund and the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation with additional support from the New York Community Trust.
"We are proud to be able to offer this recognition and support to disabled dance workers and the activities they have undertaken over the course of the pandemic," said Alejandra Duque Cifuentes, executive director of Dance/NYC. "It was with great pleasure that we were able to exceed our anticipated funding levels for this program, providing a greater number of awards and increased grant amounts, particularly as we know there is a general lack of funding for disabled artists. We have seen a tenacious commitment by the fellows to engage with and bolster the disabled dance community while using their wide-ranging perspectives to advocate for social justice, and Dance/NYC is excited to support this most important work."
The recipients of the Disability. Dance. Artistry. Dance and Social Justice Fellowship Program, who will each receive one-time awards of $1,000-$2,000, are:
Christine Krishna Washburn
Ogemdi Akunna Ude
Sidiki S. Conde
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"This Moment" by Stefanie Batten Bland
Artist Statement by Stefanie Batten Bland
"This Moment" is an ongoing work and process between choreographic artist Stefanie Batten Bland and installation artist Conrad Quesen. Filmed respecting COVID distancing, the transparent use of PVC interrogates questions surrounding the definitions of safe space, indoor/outdoor, and the weight relationships of oppression.
This Moment by Stefanie Batten Bland, Installation Artist: Conrad Quesen, Installation Assistant: Anthony Quesen, Musical Composition: Grant Cutler, Collaborative Performers: Yeman Brown, Jennifer Payán, SBB.
Summer Series 2020 – BAAD!
CALL FOR ARTISTS!
BAAD!’s Outdoor Dance Compilation Concert
Friday, August 28, 2020 | 8PM
BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance is seeking choreographers inspired to present their dance work for a shared dance concert. This concert will present 8 choreographers' 5 to 7 minutes of work on BAAD!’s Outdoor Stage. Choreographers will be given up to 5 hours of free rehearsal space, leading up to the event, with strict guidelines concerning COVID-19 safety.
There will be thorough information passed to artists & audience members regarding guidelines concerning safety around COVID-19 that BAAD! and its staff will practice to keep the stage/space, performers, and audience safe. These guidelines are still developing and will be solidified before rehearsals are allowed as well before the event date.
The artist fee is $125 per choreographer. Interested? Email Programming Associate, Gerard Minaya, at firstname.lastname@example.org, please also Cc Deputy Director, Marcus Gualberto, at email@example.com by Monday, August 10.
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