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The International Human Rights Art Festival is thrilled to announce its 2018 Festival, co-produced by and held at the Wild Project, from November 12-18, 2018. The Festival will comprise 30 events and 100+ artists, presenting advocacy performances and art which bring together beauty, sincerity, vulnerability and engagement to open a space for healing, discussion and social change.
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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 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, as well as at the Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out series. An accomplished choreographer, she completed her Master’s in Kathak Performing Arts from the Kalidasa Sanskrit University in Nagpur, India. Barkha Dance Company intends to create an artistic experience that bridges the gap between Indian Classical Kathak dance and modern day concepts. Entwined with grace and power, the movement and choreography performed have a strong emphasis on sound, rhythm and facial expression. Company presentations are geared towards speaking volumes beyond aesthetic beauty and convey messages of strength and empowerment. Barkha was selected as New Jersey’s 2018 ‘best up-and-coming’ choreographers and premiered Kathak dance.
KAINA QUENGA (dance and song): Ori Tahiti (Tahitian Dance)
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. Kaina is the Director of Nā ʻŌiwi NYC, a New York City-based education and advocacy group. She serves as a cultural and Hula instructor at Concourse House Day Care, 92Y Harkness Dance Center and Spoke The Hub. Kaina Quenga will be accompanied by ANTHONY HAUMANAVA MATAHEIARI'I AIU
. They are both co-founders of Te Ao Mana (2016). Anthony Aiu received an MFA at the Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. His dedication is developing a dance form and approach to technical training that draws on his rich ancestry and to give voice to the underrepresented Polynesian people. His work 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. https://www.facebook.com/teaomanaori/
REIGN TAYLOR (singer songwriter, guitar)
will share a beautiful fusion of blues/soul and hip-hop. A lil' N'degeocello mixed with Da Bratt, Reign Taylor is a soulful lyricist with roots in Jamaica, Queens. She began her journey as a writer and poet while residing at the YWCA shelter in Greater Harrisburg. Since then she's appeared in a Nike shoe commercial, the off-Broadway play Dimensions and regularly volunteers at Rikers Island Prison with Green Earth Poets Café. Her life goal is to use her art as a means to invoke others in pursuit of their dreams. She is truly a #dreamcatcher. http://soundcloud.com/MissReignProductions
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.