Harlem Stage Announces Spring 2020 Performing Arts Season

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Harlem Stage, the legendary uptown venue that for over 35 years has promoted the creative legacy of Harlem and artists of color from around the corner and across the globe, is proud to present its Spring 2020 season of performances. The season is curated by Monique Martin, Director of Programming for Harlem Stage, and will celebrate the centennial legacy of the Harlem Renaissance. The season also features legendary rock goddess, Nona Hendryx, as the Artistic Director for Harlem Stage’s continued yearlong initiative focusing on Afrofuturism. Through these two powerful themes Harlem Stage will reflect on and celebrate the past, present and artistic future of Harlem and explore how the Harlem Renaissance continues to be a rich source of inspiration across the globe while Afrofuturism continues to push the boundaries of our artistic imagination.

 

Harlem Stage’s 2020 Spring season will feature a variety of performances, across a range of artistic genres, offering audiences the chance to experience legendary performers, as well as rising stars. Performances reflect Harlem Stage’s dedication to presenting visionary work that amplifies the voices of communities of color.

 

The season begins with the premiere of the “Immigrant Song Series,”which presents concerts celebrating the diversity of our American origins. The first show, THE DIVA (Divine Immigrant Voices about America) EXPERIENCE will feature renowned sopranos Adrienne Danrich, Liora Michelle and other special guests who will regale us with Motown, Broadway, Gospel and classical songs to interpret their families’ histories of arrival to the United States.

 

SPECIAL SERIES PROGRAMMING:

Presented as part of the yearlong, citywide, Harlem Stage WaterWorks commissioned celebration of Sun Ra and his legacy, The Cosmic Synthesis of Sun Ra and Afrofuturism series, comes a special performance on February 29 at 7pm, in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Taking place at The Met’s Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing, rock goddess Nona Hendryx has created a multisensory tribute to Afrofuturism pioneer, Sun Ra. The performance features Nona Hendryx with music direction by Craig Harris, costume and set design by Virgil Ortiz, choreography by Francesca Harper, and invocations by Carl Hancock Rux. This program is made possible in part by The Lavori Sterling Foundation, Inc. For tickets and information visit Metmuseum.org/performances.Support for the Harlem Stage WaterWorks commissioning program provided by The Hearst Foundation, Bloomberg Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Ford Foundation, and Mosaic Fund.

Continuing its successful launch of Harlem Renaissance inspired radio plays, TONY Award winner, Stew Stewart, will create a music-centric radio show exploring contemporary echoes of the Harlem Renaissance via myth and mystery, real and imagined history, masks and masculinity, the challenges of personal and political change and the art that may or may not spark it.

 

As part of Harlem Stage’s discussion series, Dive Deeper, choreographer, musician, and tap dancer, Joseph Webb,and composer Barédu Ahmed (Long Arms aka L.A)will host a FREE discussion about their new Harlem Stage commissioned work,  Messages from Umiand the process of creating new work. They will be joined in conversation by Joanne Robinson Hill, and will perform excerpts from the work with a live band, vocalist, and spoken word artists.

 

THEATER PROGRAMMING:

Join Harlem Stage for two FREE performances of “El Quijote”from celebrated Spanish and Latin-American theater company, Repertorio Español. Featuring a series of adventures from Miguel de Cervantes’ epic novel in twelve scenes, the production’s carnivalesque character brings forth the festive and ironic spirit of the classic text.

 

Harlem Stage commissioned WaterWorks artist Jason ‘Timbuktu’ Diakité will debut his autobiographical theater project,  A Drop of Midnight, directed by Farnaz Arbabi, composed by Erik Hjärpe, and accompanied by live band, The Rakiem Walker Project.  One of Sweden’s biggest hip-hop artists and a best-selling author, Diakité takes us on a journey of cross-generational migration from the cotton fields of South Carolina to the little town of Lund, Sweden. It is a story of how he searches for his roots in order to bridge the gap between races, struggles and generations.  A Drop Of Midnight explores the questions of being a son and being a father, of how one generation wants to escape the same past that the next generation wholeheartedly wants to embrace. What does blood memory, legacy, and ancestry mean to an African-American family that left Harlem for Sweden? A Drop of Midnight is supported by the American- Scandinavian Foundation.

MUSIC PROGRAMMING:

Musical highlights include FREE concerts in partnership with Chamber Music America and Carnegie Hall Citywide.

 

In collaboration with theManhattan School of Music (MSM), Harlem Stage will present a concert from MacArthur Fellow, multiple Grammy nominee, and MSM alumnus, Miguel Zenon. Zenon will join the MSM LatinX Jazz Orchestra for an evening of contemporary and traditional Latin music.

 

MSM will host a FREE Harlem Stage Jazz Music Intensive featuring vocalist, flutist and MSM alumna Elena Pinderhughes. The intensivewill be part lecture, part clinic, part jam session, and packed with tangible information on being a working thriving artist.

 

DANCE PROGRAMMING:

The Sweet Spot, created by Ainsley Burrowsis the first ever high energy, heart-pounding, fist pumping, laugh-out-loud Pop Erotica™ burlesque show in the world. Get ready to experience the world’s best performance poets, live body art models, sultry burlesque dancers, live music, comedy along with an electrifying host.

 

Harlem Stage’s signature dance series E-Moves returns for its 21stseason. This season celebrates the centennial of the Harlem Renaissance and the 19thAmendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote. In honor of this anniversary, five women choreographers have created new work inspired by the legacy of women’s resistance and perseverance.

 

Elisa Monte Dance’s “H.E.R.” pays homage to the artistic work and lives of black, queer playwrights/writers, honoring the lineage and creative legacy of women of color who refuse to bow down.Dianne McIntyre and her ensemble of dancers and musicians bring the New Sounds in Motion back to Harlem. Destiny “Divine” Janai Polk performs a piece inspired by her collaboration with Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Scienceon the album, Waiting Game. Kim D. Holmes’  The Call is an exploration of the physical and emotional response to the noises of the universe, reaching out to modern day griots to reconnect man-kind to humanity.Djassi DaCosta Johnson and Naime Penniman’s EVOLVEis amulti-media and multi-sensory journey that through poetry, dance and moving image, uplifts Sacred Blackness and the Divine Feminine as tools for survival.

 

In a special Pride presentation, Founding Father Omari Oricci and the Royal House of Nina Oricci Present NYC Pride Battle Royale, an evening of self-expression and self-love that celebrates the NYC ballroom community in a thrilling showcase of ballroom pride. Featuring some of ballroom’s top houses, all are prepared to slay in a fierce competition in the following categories: Best Dressed, Face, Runway, Performance, and Sex Siren.

 

FAMILY PROGRAMMING:

Join Moona Luna, the kindie group that offers upbeat songs in Spanish and English for a FREE concert pulling from their Latin roots and broader musical influences from the African Diaspora. Come early for an instrument making workshop where master teacher Sandra Bell will help kids craft their own instruments to join the band or start their own band after the inspiring concert and dance party. Carla Giudicelli leads a fun and fiery movement class to get you ready to move and groove with the band.

 

“Sun Ra, Afrofuturism, and the Harlem Renaissance can be seen as points along a temporal spectrum. Those points can be located in space through the programs of Harlem Stage. These seemingly disparate artistic movements are connected as manifestations of intense and impactful creative energy by artists of color. In exploring both of these movements and the artists who galvanized them, we learn about their achievements, their failures and their intentions,” said Patricia Cruz, Executive Director of Harlem Stage.

 

Monique Martin, Director of Programming,said “This season at Harlem Stage, we are reflecting on the past while looking towards the future. Our performances celebrate the legacy of the Harlem Renaissance, while discovering pathways to create a better future. Afrofuturism is the ticket to reimagining Black identity, and performances this season will examine what exactly that looks, sounds and feels like.”

 

Nona Hendryx, Artistic Director for Afrofuturism, said “Afrofuturism is Afropresent and Afropast, it is not only fiction, it is not only science, it is a future created in the mind, projected and seen through the lens of the African diaspora, it is part Science Fiction and Fact.  In my role as the Artistic Director of The Harlem Stage 2019 to 2020 exploration of Afrofuturism, I will lead the curation of a yearlong program. The programs will include Music, Technology, Literature, Film and Dance events celebrating the magical and fantastical world of Sun Ra ‘Space Is The Place” and his long line of disciples; from George Clinton to Janelle Monae; collapsing time; past, present and future, space and place, inner and outer worlds, traveling to Stars, Quasars, Suns, Moons and delving into Black Holes.

 

TICKETING INFORMATION

Box Office Location: Harlem Stage Gatehouse (150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street, Manhattan).

Box Office Hours: Regular box office hours are 10AM–3PM Monday through Friday, except on performance days when the box office remains open until one hour after the start of the performance.

By Phone: 212.281.9240 ext. 19

Online:www.HarlemStage.org

 

ABOUT HARLEM STAGE 

Harlem Stage is the performing arts center that bridges Harlem’s cultural legacy to contemporary artists of color and dares to provide the artistic freedom that gives birth to new ideas.For over 35 years Harlem Stage has been one of the nation’s leading arts organizations, achieving this distinction through its work with artists of color and by facilitating a productive engagement with the communities it serves through the performing arts. With a long-standing tradition of supporting artists and organizations around the corner and across the globe, Harlem Stage boasts such legendary artists as Harry Belafonte, Max Roach, Sekou Sundiata, Abbey Lincoln, Sonia Sanchez, Eddie Palmieri, Maya Angelou and Tito Puente, as well as contemporary artists like Maimouna Youssef aka MuMu Fresh, Jason ‘Timbuktu’ Diakité, Bill T. Jones, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Tamar-kali, Vijay Iyer, Mike Ladd, Stew, Meshell Ndegeocello, Jason Moran, José James, Nona Hendryx and more. Its education program each year provides over 2,000 New York City children with an introduction and access to the rich diversity, excitement and inspiration of the performing arts. In 2006, Harlem Stage opened the landmarked, award-winning Harlem Stage Gatehouse. This once abandoned space, originally a pivotal source for distributing fresh water to New York City, is now a vital source of creativity, ideas and culture. Harlem Stage is a winner of the William Dawson Award for Programming Excellence and Sustained Achievement in Programming (Association of Performing Arts Presenters).

 

For more information on Harlem Stage, visit: www.harlemstage.org.

For a full list of donors, please visit: https://www.harlemstage.org/donate

 

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Harlem Stage Spring 2020 Programming 

 

DATE TIME NAME TICKET PRICE GENRE
Friday, January 10  7:30pm IMMIGRANT SONG: THE DIVA (Divine Immigrant Voices about America) EXPERIENCE $25 Music
Saturday, February 22 7:30pm The Sweet Spot $25 Dance-Burlesque
Saturday, February 29 7:00pm The Cosmic Synthesis of Sun Ra and Afrofuturism Series:Nona Hendryx and Disciples of Sun Ra’s in the Temple of Dendur

 

Presented in collaboration with and taking place at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Varies Music
Dance
Technology
Friday, March 13 1:00pm and 7:30pm Repertorio Espanol’s “El Quijote” FREE with RSVP Theater
Monday, March 16 11:00am  

Harlem Stage Jazz Music Intensive with Manhattan School of Music

 

 

FREE with RSVP Workshop/Class
Friday, March 20 7:30pm MSM Harlem Sings with Manhattan School of Music $25 Music – Latin Jazz
Saturday, March 21 7:30pm Marking Time: Prisons in the Lives of Black Women

 

$15 Conversation Reading

Performance

Monday, March 30 – Saturday, April 4 7:30pm Jason ‘Timbuktu’ Diakité: A Drop of Midnight $25 Theater
Music
Saturday, April 18 7:30pm Harlem Chamber Players and Talea Ensemble celebrate Julius Eastman  

 

$25 Music
Saturday, April 25 2:00pm Moona Luna  FREE with RSVP Family Music- Latin
 

Program A:

Thursday-Saturday

April 30-May 2

 

Program B:

Thursday-Saturday

May 7-May 9

 

 7:30pm Harlem Renaissance Centennial Celebration:

E-Moves

 

Program A: Elisa Monte Dance’s H.E.R

 

Program B: Dianne McIntyre

$25 Dance
Tuesday, May 12 7:30pm Chamber Music America 

 

Free with RSVP Music
Wednesday, May 13 7:30pm Harlem Renaissance Centennial Celebration:

 

Live Radio Play: Stew 

$15 Live Radio

Music

Theater

Thursday, May 14 7:30pm Carnegie Hall Citywide: Maurice Brown

 

FREE with RSVP Music- Jazz and Hip-Hop
Monday, May 18 6:00pm Spring Gala TBD   Special Event
Saturday, June 13 6:00pm NYC Pride Battle Royale

 

From Founding Father Omari Oricci and the Royal House of Nina Oricci

$20 Dance
Friday, June 26 7:30pm Dive Deeper: Creating New Work

 

with Joseph Webb, Barédu Ahmed and Joanne Robinson Hill

FREE with RSVP Conversation

Dance

Music

Spoken word

 

 

IMMIGRANT SONG: THE DIVA (Divine Immigrant Voices about America) EXPERIENCE

Friday, January 10

7:30 

Price: $25 

The first in our Immigrant Song series celebrating the beautiful diversity of our origins, THE DIVA EXPERIENCEfeatures renowned sopranos Adrienne Danrich, Liora Michelle and special guests to regale us with Motown, Broadway, Gospel and classical songs to interpret their families’ histories of arrival to the US. Their stories and their personal inspirations are different. What they share is faith in the unifying power of music and song to penetrate the walls of isolation and suspicion across races, cultures and religions.  The narratives and music shared are guaranteed to stimulate discussion across generations, genders and cultures and motivate positive change.

 

The Immigrant Song concert is presented in collaboration with Katie McGrath, Chet Whye, Jr. and Musa Jackson.

 

The Sweet Spot 

Saturday, February 22

7:30 

Price: $25

The Sweet Spot, created by Ainsley Burrows, is the first ever high energy, heart-pounding, fist pumping, laugh-out-loud, Pop Erotica™ burlesque show in the world. Up and running in over 30 cities so far, this sensational theater production takes you on a lively adventure celebrating the sexier side of life.

 

Get ready to experience the world’s best performance poets, live body art models, sultry burlesque dancers, live music, comedy and an electrifying host mixed in with today’s top 40 hits. If you have never partied from your seat, let this be the first time!

 

The Cosmic Synthesis of Sun Ra and Afrofuturism: 

Nona Hendryx and Disciples of Sun Ra in the Temple ]

Saturday, February 29

7:30pm 

Price: Varies

Presented in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Presented as part of the yearlong, citywide, Harlem Stage WaterWorks commissioned celebration of Sun Ra and his legacy, The Cosmic Synthesis of Sun Ra and Afrofuturism series, comes a special performance on February 29 at 7pm, in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Taking place at The Met’s Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing, rock goddess Nona Hendryx has created a multisensory tribute to Afrofuturism pioneer, Sun Ra. The performance features Nona Hendryx with music direction by Craig Harris, costume and set design by Virgil Ortiz, choreography by Francesca Harper, and invocations by Carl Hancock Rux. This program is made possible in part by The Lavori Sterling Foundation, Inc. For tickets and information visit Metmuseum.org/performances. Support for the Harlem Stage WaterWorks commissioning program provided by The Hearst Foundation, Bloomberg Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Ford Foundation, and Mosaic Fund.

 

Repertorio Español’s “El Quijote”

Friday, March 13 

1:00pm and 7:30pm

FREE with RSVP

An adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes’ epic novel that follows the misadventures of Don Quijote and his loyal squire, Sancho Panza. A series of adventures from the novel in twelve scenes, the production’s carnivalesque character brings forth the festive and ironic spirit of the classic text.

 

The show is performed in Spanish with English supertitles.

By Miguel de Cervantes
Adapted by Santiago García
Directed by Jorge Alí Triana

This program is sponsored by The Office of New York City Council Member Mark Levine and the Cultural Immigrant Initiative. This program is supported in part by funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council. Subtitles are available in English and Spanish thanks to Theatre Development Funds TAP Plus Program in collaboration with the New York State Council on the Arts.

Harlem Stage Jazz Music Intensive 

Monday, March 16

11:00am 

FREE with RSVP

Presented in Collaboration with Manhattan School of Music (MSM)

Join us at the legendary Manhattan School of Music for the fourth edition of our immersive music workshop that will be part lecture, part clinic, part jam session and packed with tangible information on being a working and thriving artist. All are welcomed: instrumentalists, vocalists, dancers and poets.

 

Launched during jazz star Christian Scott’s three year Stretch Music residency, this edition features MSM alum and composer, vocalist, and flutist, Elena Pinderhugheswhoreturns to her alma mater to share her experience and knowledge since she graduated in 2017.

 

The intensive takes place at Manhattan School of Music.

 

Manhattan School of Music’s Harlem Sings 

Friday, March 20

7:30pm

Price: $25

Presented in Collaboration with Manhattan School of Music (MSM)

MacArthur Fellow, multiple Grammy nominee, and MSM alumnus Miguel Zenonjoins the MSM LatinX Jazz Orchestra in an evening of contemporary and traditional Latin music.

Marking Time: Prisons in the Lives of Black Women

Saturday, March 21

7:30pm

Price: $15

How have black women used art and performance to express the massive toll that prisons have had on their lives, families, and communities? As part of women’s history month, we meditate on the impact of incarceration on the lives of black women and the creative strategies they use to resist the dehumanization, confinement, and stigma of policing and prisons.

 

The evening features performances, readings, and discussions by three formerly incarcerated women Mary Baxter,Asia Johnson, and Michelle Jonesin conversation with Dr. Nicole R. Fleetwoodto celebrate the release of Fleetwood’s new book,  Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration. Baxter is a rapper, media artist, and activist based in Philadelphia. Johnson is an essayist, poet, and filmmaker from Detroit who is active in the movement to abolish bail. Jones is a writer, scholar, artist and national speaker on women and incarceration. Fleetwood is Professor of American Studies and Art History at Rutgers University and a leading scholar on art, justice, and the fight to end mass incarceration.

 

Marking Time is supported by the Department of American Studies and School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University, New Brunswick.

 

Jason ‘Timbuktu’ Diakité’s  A Drop of Midnight

Monday, March 30 – Saturday, April 4

7:30pm

Price: $25

Harlem Stage’s newest WaterWorks commissioned artist, Swedish hip hop star Jason ‘Timbuktu’ Diakité debuts his autobiographical theater project,  A Drop of Midnight. In this performance, accompanied by a live band, Jason takes us on his journey to becoming one of Sweden’s chart topping hip hop artists and a best-selling author. He’ll also share the story of how a mix tape from Brooklyn traveled across the waters to the tiny village of Lund, Sweden and altered the course of his life forever. Family, identity, belonging and migration are explored through music, text and visuals to weave a compelling story that journeys across continents and musical genres. Featuring live music from The Rakiem Walker Project. 

 

Moona Luna 

Saturday, April 25   

2:00pm 

FREE with RSVP

Moona Lunais the kindie group that the  New York Daily News says is providing “the missing soundtrack for bilingual/bicultural kids.” After making a splash on the family music scene with their accordion-driven, Latin-inspired debut album,  piñata party(2011), Moona Luna delivered something fresh in its sophomore album,  Vamos, Let’s Go!(2013), by taking inspiration from American pop hits of the 50’s and 60’s. Staying true to their bilingual mission, their third album,  Panorama, celebrated their Latin roots and drew on broader musical influences from the African diaspora.

 

Come early for an instrument making workshop where master teacher Sandra Bell will help you craft your own instrument to join the band or start your own band after the inspiring concert and dance party. Carla Giudicellileads a fun and fiery movement class to get you ready to move and groove with the band.

 

Harlem Renaissnace Centennial:

E-Moves 

Program A: Thursday-Saturday April 30-May 2

Program B: Thursday-Saturday May 7-May 9

7:30pm

Price: $25

Harlem Stage’s signature dance festival presents adventurous dance makers who move the needle on the form with bold ideas transmitted through their choreography and movement. Come prepared to be moved!

 

We continue our celebration of the Harlem Renaissance and turn to women for inspiration. 2020 marks the centennial of the 19thAmendment which guarantees women the right to vote. We celebrate the ferocity of women who agitated, resisted and protested the silencing of their civic and political voices.  It took several decades before the landmark decision on August 18, 1920 to come in to law. Five women choreographers have created new work inspired by the legacy of women’s  RESISTANCEand perseverance.

 

Program A: 

Presented in collaborationwith Elisa Monte Dance,“H.E.R.” pays homage to the artistic work and lives of three black, queer playwrights/writersAlice Dunbar-NelsonMary Powell Burrilland Angelina Weld Grimkéwho a century ago gave voice to the underrepresented and pushed the boundaries of society by advocating for suffrage, LGBTQ and civil rights. This work set for 8 female dancers outfitted in period inspired costumes celebrates the sound and style of the 20’s with its ragtime musical influences but moves towards the present. “H.E.R” honors the lineage and creative legacy of women of color who refuse to bow down.

 

Program B: 

Dianne McIntyrereturns to Harlem, her original neighborhood with a new work. The piece merges movement and music in McIntyre’s signature style of erasing the separation between the two disciplines as the artists fly, shout, explode, murmur, whisper, and carry a solid kinship with the audience. Rooted in the tradition of “the culture,” the work expands definitions of vernacular and technical prowess.

 

Destiny “Divine” Janai Polk, is an afro-indigenous, choreographer, producer, multi-disciplinary artist, community organizer and founder of art-activist platform Radical Black Girl. Shewill perform a piece inspired by her collaboration with Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science on the album, Waiting Game.The album confronts a wide spectrum of social justice issues, expressing an inclusive and compassionate view of humanity’s common bonds through an eclectic melding of jazz, R&B, indie rock, contemporary improvisation, and hip-hop.

 

Kim D. Holmes’  The Call is an exploration of the physical and emotional response of reaching out to modern day griots to re-connect to humanity.  The Callmakes us dive into the inner depths of our most true selves. We begin the next phase of our rites of passage understanding our role and responsibility to the wellness of self, the earth, and life. The piece reminds us to continue being resilient, live in integrity, and persevere.

 

Djassi DaCosta Johnson andNaime Penniman’s  EVOLVEis amulti-media and multi-sensory journey to activate our collective power as shapers of the future. Summoning the fortitude of the Suffragettes, the unsung heroines of the Harlem Renaissance, and the black femme revolutionaries in their blood, Djassi DaCosta Johnson and Naima Penniman transcend time through poetry, dance and moving image to uplift Sacred Blackness and the Divine Feminine as tools for survival.

 

Chamber Music America 

Tuesday, May 12

7:30pm

Price: FREE 

Celebrate the 8thAnnual National Chamber Music Month with Chamber Music America. Featuring two world class ensembles performing their recent CMA commissions. Whether you’re an avid classical music listener, jazz fan, or an adventurous concert-goer, this program will have something for you. CMA’s National Chamber Music Month is an annual initiative that promotes performances, residencies, interactive discussions, and other events across the country to increase awareness of the ensemble music field.

 

CMA’s Classical Commissioning program is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and its New Jazz Works program is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. 

 

Harlem Renaissance Centennial:

Live Radio Play: STEW

Wednesday, May 13 

Time 7:30pm

Price: $15

This music-centric radio show (untitled at present) will explore contemporary echoes of the Harlem Renaissance via myth & mystery, real & imagined history, masks and masculinity, along with the challenges of personal & political change and the art that may or may not spark it. Created by TONY Award winner, Stew Stewart

 

Carnegie Hall Citywide:  Maurice Brown

Thursday, May 14

7:30pm

FREE with RSVP

When you hear Maurice “Mobetta” Brown, you’ll experience a gutsy musician who is a master of contemporary jazz, blues-rock, and cutting-edge hip-hop. Brown’s sound is one-of-a-kind, rooted in bebop and spiced with hip-hop hooks. His breakthrough album,  Maurice vs. Mobetta, shows him wearing three hats as musician, MC, and producer. Remixed trumpet parts dance over hip-hop beats while guests Talib Kweli, Prodigy, and Jean Grae swap rhymes with Mobetta, Brown’s hip-hop persona. Expect this and more from a musician who is ever-evolving and constantly pushing the envelope.

 

Lead support for Carnegie Hall Citywide is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation. Additional support is provided by The A.L. and Jennie L. Lucia Foundation.

Spring Gala

Monday, May 18 

6:00pm

Our 2020 spring gala will be a spectacular celebration of Afrofuturism and the man from Saturn, Sun Ra, whose powerful influence continues to shape the scope of what is possible throughout the African diaspora. The evening will feature out of this world performances, presentations, fabulous special guests, delicious food and cocktails.

 

Join us to support our mission and the visionary artists of color who grace our stage each year.

For more information, contact us at 212-281-9240 ext. 10

NYC Pride Battle Royale: Presented by Founding Father Omari Oricci and the Royal House of Nina Oricci 

Saturday, June 13

6:00pm

Price: $20

Join us for an evening of self-expression and self-love that celebrates the NYC Ballroom community in a thrilling showcase of Ballroom Pride! Hosted by Legendary Omari Oricci & The Royal House of Oricci and featuring some of ballrooms top houses, all prepared to slay in a fierce competition in the following categories: Best Dressed, Face, Runway, Performance, and Sex Siren.

 

Dive Deeper: Creating New Work

Friday June 26

Time 7:30pm

FREE with RSVP

Choreographer, musician and tap dancer Joseph Webband composer Barédu Ahmedlead the cross disciplinary company Long Arms aka L.A. Their new, Harlem Stage commissioned work,  Messages from Umiis in the final stage of development. Come hear from the creators and their mentor Joanne Robinson Hillabout the process of creating a new work.

 

How do you build your creative team? What are the resources needed to move a work from ideation to premier? How do you secure the necessary resources? Come ask questions which will support the artists in clarifying their vision before the premier in 2021We want to hear from you! We will learn and inspire each other in community around taking risk, clarifying vision and completing a project that is ready to tour. The evening includes performances of excerpts from the work with a live band, vocalist, and spoken word artists.

 

Development support for this project is provided by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation

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