"BLACK MAGIC: FIVE" at New York Live Arts
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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