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La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival!
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 03:15 pm EDT 05/06/21

LA MAMA MOVES!
DANCE FESTIVAL

La MaMa Moves!
Dance Festival

May 12 - 23, 2021

Live Stream Performances
from our Theatres
along with Special Online Events!

Featuring Outdoor and Live Stream Performances
Hadar Ahuvia and Tatyana Tenenbaum
J. Bouey
Tiffany Mills Company
Ricarrdo Valentine / Brother(hood) Dance!
Jasmine Hearn
Sugar Vendil


La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival continues to support La MaMa's commitment to presenting diverse performance styles that challenge audience's perception of dance by featuring performance/installations, experimental film screenings & public symposiums which address dance artists' engagement with the current political climate, as well as honoring diasporic histories and legacy, ancestral inspirations and inter-generational dialogue.

"Performing artists have always proven to be resilient and resourceful even during the most challenging times. Since the pandemic began last March, dance practitioners have been both taking time to reflect and going ahead in doing the creative work they are always doing. This past year has certainly been painful and frustrating, both mentally exhausting and physically debilitating. Dance artists have, however, continued to make work, and I believe that the artists participating in this season's La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival are making work that is essential and true to this pivotal moment in time."
- Nicky Paraiso, La MaMa Moves! Curator


Tickets:
Pay-What-You-Can $5 - $25


CLICK HERE TO RSVP

LIVE TALKS

Live Talks: Take 18
Online Wednesday, May 12 at 6:30PM (EDT)

La MaMa presents La MaMa LiveTalks, conversations with artists, activists and thought leaders from around the country and around the world who join in discussions about art and life in times of crisis.
In recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, artists from across the diaspora will hold an intergenerational dialogue about maintaining personal and artistic practices of resiliency and resistance prior to and during the pandemic. Set against the backdrop of the rise in anti-Asian violence, in particular, the murder of six women of Asian descent in Atlanta, GA, the group will touch on hidden American histories, the "model minority" myth, and how dance and performance serve as a vessel for challenging and changing stereotypes of Asian and Asian American women.

The event is curated and moderated by Maura Nguyen Donohue. Artists include Yoshiko Chuma, Sophia Gutchinov, Potri Ranka Manis, Paz Tanjuaquio and Sugar Vendil. The evening will include links to resources and ways to support the local AAPI community.



Part of 2021 La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival


LA MAMA KIDS

La MaMa Kids

Online Thursday, May 13 at 4PM (EDT)

Dance Festival Zoom Kids Class

with Tiffany Mills and Emily Pope


Tiffany Mills Company offers a fun, creative movement class to kids (age 5 and up), drawing inspiration from their "Home Project," which is being presented as part of the La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival. Choreographer Tiffany Mills and dancer/rehearsal assistant Emily Pope will lead kids through a movement adventure, using rooms and household objects asinspiration. A favorite purple stuffy in the bedroom, a soft rug in the livingroom, a potted plant in the sunlit kitchen will help spark movement exploration. Class will culminate with kids magically transporting them selves to a dreamed of place — moving though sparkling sand at the beach or on a snowpeaked mountain. Join us. Imaginations will soar!



La MaMa Moves!
Dance Festival

Hadar Ahuvia and Tatyana Tenenbaum

Prayer of the Morning

Thursday, May 13 and Saturday, May 15 at 7pm
Streamed live from the Ellen Stewart Theatre

Prayer of the Morning is a collaborative performance by Hadar Ahuvia and Tatyana Tenenbaum grounded in multidisciplinary modes of theirAshkenazi Jewish lineages. Drawing strength from liberation struggles while interrogating collusion with colonial regimes, they weave and re-cast their cultural pageantries, composing new prosody for this moment.



J. Bouey

untitled: an exploration of grief

Friday, May 14 at 7pm and Sunday, May 16 at 5pm
Streamed live from the Downstairs Theatre

J. Bouey explores grief through movement and improvisation. Calling on the grief that exists at the intersections of being Black and queer with mental illnesses, Bouey says they hope to learn the lessons that grief during multiple global pandemics (namely COVID-19 and anti-Blackness) has to offer.



Cafe La MaMa:
Virtual International Showcase

Online Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 7PM (EDT)


La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival continues to support La MaMa's commitment to presenting diverse performance styles that challenge audience's perception of dance by featuring performance/installations, experimental film screenings & public symposiums which address dance artists' engagement with the current political climate, as well as honoring diasporic histories and legacy, ancestral inspirations and inter-generational dialogue.


Featuring
Morgan Bullock
Gerald Casel
Daudi Fayar
BamBam Frost
John Scott




La MaMa Moves!
Dance Festival

Tiffany Mills Company

Home Project
(excerpts in process)

Thursday, May 20 and Saturday, May 22 at 7pm
Streamed live from the Ellen Stewart Theatre

Tiffany Mills Company's Home Project weaves movement, text, and electronic music together to create an environment inspired by one word: home. Mills and her collaborators take a close look at their relationships with the places in which they live. They draw upon memories of their diverse childhood homes-some stable and constant, some mobile and unpredictable. They source material from their present homes impacted by the isolation of COVID-19 and inspired by the current fight for equality. And they search for the true essence of home as they try to accept who they are and imagine who they might collectively become. Conceived and choreographed by Tiffany Mills. The creative team includes Max Giteck Duykers (composer), Kay Cummings (dramaturge), and Chris Hudacs (lighting design). Home Project will be performed by Mills, Jordan Morley, Nikolas Owens, Emily Pope, and Mei Yamanaka. The evening-length work will premiere in 2022.




La MaMa Moves!
Dance Festival

Ricarrdo Valentine / Brother(hood) Dance

All About Love

Friday, May 21 at 7pm and Sunday, May 23 at 5pm
Streamed live from the Downstairs Theatre


Ricarrdo Valentine's new solo is a personal dance-theater exploration on Black love and healing.



Shared Program:

Jasmine Hearn
Songs from Pleasure Memory

Sugar Vendil
Test Sites

Saturday, May 22 at and Sunday, May 23 at 4pm
Outdoors at Downtown Art/Alpha Omega


Jasmine Hearn shares a short set of three new songs from their soon-to-be-released album, Pleasure Memory. Through movement, sound, and storytelling they wonder/wander how to offer space and time so their body can roam, still, and fly.

Sugar Vendil's Test Sites is an ongoing series of performance pieces that are experiments in process. Each Test Site involves a short-term process and is an exercise in limits and creativity. Blending voice and movement, her new Test Site 7 will be a release of rage and a ritual for joy. Vendil will also perform Test Site 5: Seedlings for voice, movement, and electronics, and other solo music compositions. An AAPI New Yorker, Vendil says she is making the work as "aninelegant, angry, and urgent response to the current moment."




La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature with additional support from the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, The Sequoia Foundation, and The Shubert Foundation.
Link https://www.lamama.org/shows/2021-la-mama-moves-dance-festival
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