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IT'S SHOWTIME NYC!
It's Showtime NYC is proud to announce new Artistic and Program Director Cal Hunt will be creating a new performance piece Pyramid in collaboration with It's Showtime NYC dancers. The work will feature an original music composition and dance performance by cellist/composer/bonebreaker Johnathan "Akuma" Moore. The new work, will be developed in the studio and residencies in 2023-2024. Works & Process is generously funding a residency at Bethany Community Arts Nov. 1-9, 2023 which will include free community events. It's Showtime NYC will also share a pre-premiere of the work-in-process at Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum on Nov. 9, 2023. Info: https://www.worksandprocess.org/residencies
at Alice Tully Hall and Herbert Von King Cultural Center (see Upcoming Events for info)
It’s Showtime NYC! Open Rehearsal
Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023
Bethany Community Arts
40 Somerstown Road,
Ossining, NY 10562
Downstairs Rehearsal Space
It’s Showtime NYC! along with
cellist /composer/bonebreaker Johnathan “Akuma" Moore will offer audiences an open rehearsal of new work-in-progress Pyramid. Following the residency at Bethany Arts Community, the piece will be pre-premiered at Works & Process at the Guggenheim on November 9th.
The sound of cello infused with the soul of street dance from the Brooklyn-based flexN and other New York City street dance communities is a driving force behind the creation of Pyramid, choreographed by Cal Hunt, Artistic and Program Director of It’s Showtime NYC! In the development of the new piece, each dancer's personal story represents a building block. It’s Showtime NYC is excited to have the community at Bethany Arts Community observe the artists' creative process and love for dance.
About the work:
It’s Showtime NYC! Pyramid by Cal Hunt and Johnathan “Akuma” Moore (In-Process)
New Yorkers by nature are archeologists. Be it graffiti, hieroglyphics, or freestyle dance on the streets, lived stories are shared to those willing to pause and take in the messages. Commissioned by Works & Process, see an in-process rehearsal of Pyramid featuring It’s Showtime NYC!, a company of dancers with a history of dancing on New York’s streets and subways, in collaboration with composer and cellist Johnathan “Akuma” Moore. Facilitated by a Works & Process LaunchPAD creative residency at Bethany Arts Community, both the original music composition and dance work embody an artistic trade-off. They represent a collaboration between composer and company dancer as each investigate the notion, “This is how you sound to me.” Moore’s composition animates each dancer’s daily struggles and triumphs as live building blocks of the pyramid. As the pyramid deconstructs, choreographer and It’s Showtime NYC! Artistic Director Cal Hunt asks, “How do these stories get back into perspective?” As Moore incorporates innovative techniques typically employed by funk bassists and layered electronic loops into his cello composition, he frees himself to join the performance as a bonebreaker or flexN artist.
Pyramid is commissioned by Works & Process and Bethany Arts Community.
NOVEMBER 9, 2023
Works and Process at the Guggenheim
(see info above)
NOVEMBER 11, 2023 - JANUARY 13, 2024
Street dance community Saturdays!
Culminating in free performance by It' Showtime NYC on January 13!
Residency at Herbert Von King Cultural Center in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.
Free workshops, discussions, street dance history and video production sessions for street dance community members and their families! Visit It's Showtime NYC's IG page for details!
The residency is in partnership with Works & Process and the City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation
SAVE THE DATES:
January 12, 2024
It's Showtime NYC pre-premiere excerpt performance of Pyramid featured in the Uptown Underground Dance Festival presented by Works and Process at Alice Tully Hall
Friday, May 31, 2024
It's Showtime NYC will celebrate Casita Maria's 90th anniversary as a major cultural institution in the Bronx! Dancers will collaborate with Grand Wizard Theodore and perform a commissioned work in collaboration with BronX BandA featuring Arturo O'Farrill
It's Showtime NYC! is a program of Dancing in the Streets, with funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Emma Sheafer Charitable Trust, New York State Council on the Arts, Club Culture Foundation and the Foley Hoag Foundation. This program is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
It’s Showtime NYC! is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
It’s Showtime NYC is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
Digital dance work "I Still Love NY" featured on Yak Films' Youtube channel continues to reach
an international audience of 37,000!
Cinematography by Steve McCord, Music by Da Vincii Productions, Directed by Kash Gaines
It's Showtime NYC! 2020 Bessie Award
nomination for Outstanding Breakout Choreographer
The NY Dance and Performance Awards, The Bessies, New York City’s premier dance awards honoring outstanding creative work in the field, honored It's Showtime NYC! This award is also an important recognition of the work our dancers are ever creating, regardless of the context; whether the dancing occurs on stages or museums, or on our beloved streets of New York.
It's Showtime NYC performers and teaching artists featured on
PBS-TV/Amazon Prime's Bare Feet in NYC: The Boogie Down Bronx
With Emmy-Award winning host Mickela Mallozzi
Season 5: Ep. 4 (forward to 20:05)
What Time is It? At Abrons Arts Center
It's Showtime NYC! created its first evening-length program What Time is It? in collaboration with Artistic Director Adesola Osakalumi and videographer Kash Gaines. The 55-minute multi-media performance piece received its world premiere through a residency at Abrons Arts Center in November, 2019 and explored stories of street and subway featuring 22 It's Showtime NYC dancers.
BATTLE! HIP-HOP IN ARMOR
COMMISSIONED by the MET MUSEUM
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