Pepatian’s *35th* Anniversary & 2018 projects

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Support here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/pepatian-s-35th-anniversary-2018-projects-adventure#/

Pepatián is a 30+-year old non-profit arts organization in the South Bronx dedicated to creating, producing and supporting multi-disciplinary contemporary art by Latinx and Bronx-based artists. Now in its 35th year, we have PLENTY to celebrate ! http://www.pepatian.org

What We Need & What You Get

Your $ helps with:

~ production costs for 2018 Dance Your Future: Artist & Mentor Collaborative Residency project;

~ supplementing teaching artists fees for upcoming workshops in Pepatian’s Hip-Hop Academy & Empowerment Collective projects;

~ production costs for Out of La Negrura/Out of Blackness in the Bronx: A Choreographic Collaboration Across Diaspora documentary film with artists Sita Frederick, Ana “Rokafella” Garcia, & Marion Ramirez.

Your support is invaluable, thank you!

What you get:

Perks include shout outs on Facebook, credit in program,  listing as benefactor on Pepatian’s website, free tickets to upcoming dance shows, DVD of new documentary film, Out of La Negrura/Out of Blackness in the Bronx: A Choreographic Collaboration Across Diaspora, including bonus videos AND Pepatian t-shirt.

Support here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/pepatian-s-35th-anniversary-2018-projects-adventure#/

Spotlight Asia: Ring in the Year of the Monkey

Head to the American Museum of Natural History on February 21st at 12pm or 3pm for a free afternoon of programming to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

Award-wining Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company rings in the Year of the Monkey, a year characterized by cleverness, curiosity, and playful mischief. The Museum’s Lunar New Year festival celebrates Asian art and culture through contemporary choreography, traditional storytelling, and hands-on activities taught by local artisans.

Watch Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company here:

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FLEXN

If you have a chance this week definitely go and see the show: FLEXN
From the website: Created in the era of unrest following rulings on Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City, this powerful new work is staged by visionary director Peter Sellars and flex pioneer Reggie (Regg Roc) Gray in collaboration with a crew of 21 flex dancers from the very neighborhoods where the movement first took shape. Performing both as individuals and in groups to choreography created by the ensemble itself, the dancers utilize their breathtakingly beautiful movement to tell deeply human and sometimes heart-wrenching stories that address these troubling issues of our time.
In addition to viewing this post-modern dance in an electrifying showcase, you will also be able to engage in FLEXN CONVERSATIONS: RACE AND THE CITY before the show. The conversations are one hour prior to performances with young people, public figures, educators and community leaders. Explored in FLEXN are topics including mamaking neighborhoods safe for play, solitary confinement, “broken windows” policies, and reforming the juvenile justice system. confronts issues of social injustice, with the dancers exploring personal narratives through their own unique movement vocabulary in post-modern dance.

Commissioned by Park Avenue Armory

Photo: Stephanie Berger

New York City Ballet (NYCB) Art Series 2014 Presents JR

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JR. New York City Ballet. New York City Ballet Art Series 2014. http://www.jr-art.net/

I have been searching for months for any clues as to who the next contemporary artist to collaborate with the New York City Ballet (NYCB) would be, and it is with great excitement last night I saw the announcement for the 2014 NYCB Art Series! This year, the NYCB will collaborate with the French artist known as JR for the second annual art series.

JR will share his Art Series installation during three special performance evenings — January 23, February 7, 13 — when every seat in the house is available for just $29. On these evenings, every audience member will receive a takeaway created specifically for this event.

The tickets to the NYCB Art Series sell out very, very quickly so buy pre-sale as soon as you can for this very special event! From taking part last year I know how special the whole evening is and recommend it to all art patrons and art enthusiasts as well as those who’ve never been to a ballet. It is a fantastic time and loads of fun with the exhibition, ballet, and reception.

ART SERIES Pre-Sale: Thursday, January 2 at noon through Sunday, January 5 at noon. Enter your pre-sale promo code on any of the performance information pages  to unlock seating options for all three Art Series performances. (Find presale code on JR’s website: http://www.jr-art.net/)

Please note that Art Series purchases are limited to 4 tickets per performance. Should you attempt to select more than 4 seats in the seat map, or add more than 4 seats per performance to your cart, you will encounter an error message prohibiting your purchase.

NYCB Art Series commissions contemporary artists to create original works of art inspired by our unique energy, spectacular dancers, and one-of-a-kind repertory of ballets. New York City Ballet has worked with leading and emerging artists throughout the Company’s history — luminaries like Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and Julian Schnabel. We are proud to continue this tradition through annual collaborations with some of the most compelling new artists on the scene today.

UPDATE: Photos from Opening night January 23, 2014 can be found on my Facebook post. Click here: https://www.facebook.com/ArtEdgeNYC

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JR. New York City Ballet. New York City Ballet Art Series 2014. http://www.jr-art.net/

Alvin Ailey at New York City Center

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During the holiday season the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at New York City Center, resident dance company of New York City Center, is a New York City tradition. The amazing choreography, talented dancers and wonderful music makes it a must-see!  I personally go EVERY holiday season. (This 2013 season I went twice!)

Click here for more information: http://www.alvinailey.org/citycenter