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CELEBRATION OF WOMEN* (dance, spoken word, live music; 85 minutes)
BARKHA PATEL COMPANY (dance): Mukta, A Woman Liberated.
A dance production about the internal journey of a nayika, or woman, grappling with long-held tradition against a modern world.
Barkha Dance Company presents Mukta, A Woman Liberated. A dance production about the internal journey of a nayika, or woman, grappling with long-held tradition against a modern world. Choreographer: Barkha Patel; dancers: Barkha Patel, Juhi Desai, Ishita Bhattacharya, Henna Khanijou, Urvashie Kissoon; music: Kedar Pandit; lyrics: Shailesh Kulkarni; costume: Punita Patel & Raju Gulam. Barkha Patel is an Indian Classical Kathak dancer trained in the Jaipur and Lucknow style by her Guru, Rachna Sarang. Based in New York, she was praised in the NY Times for her 'brilliant virtuosity and bewitching charm. She has performed across the USA and India, including for former Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and music virtuoso Pandit Jarajji. An accomplished choreographer, she completed her Master’s in Kathak Performing Arts from the Kalidasa Sanskrit University in Nagpur, India. www.barkhadance.com
Te Ao Mana Oli (dance and song): Ori Tahiti (Tahitian Dance)
Kaina Quenga and Anthony Aiu will present traditional chant; Oteʻa - Ori Tahiti (Tahitian drum dance); Aparima - Tahitian hula and Oli Mahalo - Traditional chant. Te Ao Mana's mission is to expand the presence of Polynesian cultural arts and community worldwide by promoting collaboration of creative projects, community involvement, technique classes and lectures, cultural workshops, events, and exchanges. Kaina Quenga and Anthony Aiu are co-founders of Te Ao Mana (2016). A native of Hilo, Hawaiʻi, Kaina Quenga has been dancing hula professionally for over 20 years in Hawaiʻi, Florida, New York and throughout the East Coast. Anthony Haumanava Mataheiari'i Aiu has been presented by the LABA Theater NYC, Green Space, Dixon Place, 92Y, SUNY Purchase, Dance Parade NYC, Steppin’ Out Studios, Brooklyn Ballet, and Webster Hall, among other festivals. FB:teaomanaori
Onliest (music): is Tiffany and Ganessa James
twins with a life-long passion for music With their guitars and voices, they explore the territory of vulnerability and authenticity - and cast a spell made of song. They blend in the hip-hop ethos of freestyle: creating impromptu vocal harmonies in performance, weaving their voices together in exuberant improvised explorations. Their band Onliest is the product of a passionate love for music with multi-genre influences including rock, soul, salsa, soca, and R&B - reflecting the twins Central American and Caribbean heritage and New York City upbringing. Singing in English, or Spanish, wielding their guitars, or conjuring freestyle harmonies. Ganessa brings 20 years experience playing bass in soul, funk, and rock music bands and touring internationally with Saul Williams, JOI and Toshi Reagon. ganessajames.com and FB:onliestmusic
LA ROKA NYC (dance, live music)
brings an uplifting message celebrating women's presence in hip hop. The performance incorporates dramatic Hip hop choreography done by 2 Full Circle HardRock dancers that burst into live song and rhymes performed by the legendary La Roka.
Born and raised in NYC, La Roka, also known and acclaimed internationally as Bgirl Rokafella for her breakdance mastery, is well rooted in Hip-hop and Afro Latin rhythms and currently teaches at The New School. She began to perform at theatrical venues with Full Circle Prod, the non profit company she co founded with her husband Kwikstep. She has proven her multi faceted creativity, as a model for Athleta, an actress in the film "On the Outs" and the choreo-play "SHE" and as a film maker directing the documentary "All The Ladies Say". La Roka created Hip hop choreography for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's 70th anniversary Hamlet, performed with the House of Ninja for Rainbow Fashion week, and appeared in the Netflix series “The Get Down”! https://larokasoul.com
LAYLA ZAMI (spoken words, saxophone) performs Homesong
, a diasporic journey from Berlin to Brooklyn, using words and sounds to flow through freedom, love, and resistance.
Dr. Layla Zami is a gnc independent scholar, artist (music, theater, film), curator and globetrotter born in Paris, France. Drawing from a rich Jewish-Russian-German and Afro-Indian-Caribbean cultural heritage, Layla performed across NYC and across the globe as a Resident Artist with Oxana Chi Dance from the Abrons Arts Center in Manahatta to the Solo International Performing Arts Festival on the island of Java, Indonesia over the HAU Theatre in Berlin. A former Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, Zami holds a Ph.D. from Humboldt-University, Berlin and is currently Assistant Producer at IHRAF.