Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Photo by Serena SY Hsu
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"BLACK MAGIC: FIVE" at New York Live Arts

"BLACK MAGIC: FIVE" at New York Live Arts

Company:

New York Live Arts

Location:

New York Live Arts

Dates:

Friday, November 8, 2019 - 7:30pm
Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 7:30pm

Tickets:

https://newyorklivearts.org/event/five-live-arts/

Company:
New York Live Arts

From multi-disciplinary artist Rashaad Newsome, BLACK MAGIC is a holistic reflection on agency, Blackness, and the futurity of intersectional identities and oppression. Under the umbrella of BLACK MAGIC, FIVE is a multimedia performance that abstracts the art of Vogue Femme, a dance form originating from the African-American and Latino LGBTQ community of 1970s Harlem.

In the performance 5 dancers represent the five elements of Vogue Femme—hands, catwalk, floor performance, spin dips, and duck-walking. As each dancer takes the floor, a hip-hop M.C., an operatic vocalist, a black gospel choir, and five musicians improvise an interactive soundtrack, building to a carefully structured crescendo of sound and movement.

The New York Live Arts FIVE cast features commentators Precious, Snooks, and Kevin JZ Prodigy; dancers Legendary Dawn Ebony, Justin LaBeija, Tia Lanvin, Alex Mugler, Smerk Milan, Davon Prodigy, Tati Miyake Mugler, and  Star Revlon; choir members Kyron Elcock, Cheenee Campbell, Matia Celeste, Jhetti Rose, James Dale, and Brianna Turner; musicians Druvvy, Wanslin Pierre, Tim Smith,David Middleton,  and Elijah J. Thomas; and vocalist Paul Grosvenor. 

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