Marigram is a dance and video exploration of the tidal structure of mass protests: approaching, flooding, receding. Inspired by personal connections to the 1989 protest in Tiananmen Square and the 2011 protest in Tahrir Square, Annie Wang and Mohamed Yousry will present intimate vignettes of their private memories set against the backdrop of these historical events. The dances are accompanied by an original film by Laura X Moya created from newsreel footage, public and personal photographs, and original set pieces.
Annie Wang trained at Martha Graham and the Boitsov School of Classical Ballet. She currently dances for Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group, Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch, Pia Vinson, Asako Miyahira, and Nicole Stanton. She has performed work by Graham, Petipa, Duncan, Bill T. Jones, Elizabeth Boitsov, Dance Elixir, and MADart Creative. Her own choreography project, Hyperspace Dance, has shown at the 92Y, WestFest Dance Festival, Hot Wood Arts Gallery, Showroom Gowanus Gallery, Chocolate Factory Theater, Cloud City, Ailey and Graham. Hyperspace Dance highlights include an Atlantic Center of the Arts residency with Reggie Wilson, selection for Doug Varone’s CHIN program, a Marble House Project residency with painter Lex Braes for Full Circle, and the independent dance film Echo. Annie is inspired by the power of storytelling and collaborative art-making.
Mohamed Yousry ("Shika"), an Egyptian dancer of Nubian origin, graduated from Cairo University and worked in commercial dance before joining the Cairo Contemporary Dance Center (CCDC). In 2012, Dancing on the Edge and CCDC awarded him a grant to attend the HJS summer intensive in Amsterdam. He was invited to perform in Denmark’s 2013 Images Biennale. His passion for African dance began when he met Vincent Mantsoe and Mama Germaine Acogny and he became the first Egyptian accepted into their school in Senegal, L’Ecole Des Sables (EDS). In 2015, Shika was named a CEC Artslink Fellow and hosted in Brooklyn by Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group. In 2016, he was selected to participate in the P.A.R.T.S/EDS exchange program and was named an inaugural member of the Citizens Artists Incubator (CAI), a project funded by the EU. Shika has studied and worked with international artists such as Olivier Dubois, Claude Brumachon & Benjamin La Marche, Francesco Scavetta, Nora Chipaumire, Sophiatou Kossoko and Frey Faust.
Laura X Moya is an emerging documentary filmmaker focusing on making films that cross borders of misconceptions. Born in Bogota, Colombiashe immigrated to the United States with her family in 1991 at age eight. The experiences she witnessed living as an undocumented immigrant marked a profound sense of alienation. Moya is one of two students selected for the prestigious Tisch School of the Art’s Willard T.C. Johnson fellowship. She is a recipient of the Alan Documentary Award, as well as the 2014 & 2013 Lora Hays Documentary Award for her upcoming film WHAT THE LAND GAVE US. She received a BFA in Film & TV Production at Tisch School of the Arts with a Minor in Latina/o Studies from New York University and is the 2015 Associate Artist-in-Residence for filmmaker Natalia Alamada at Atlantic Center for the Arts and a 2016 Artist-in-Residence at Brooklyn’s Meerkat Collective.
BRIClab is a commissioning and residency program that offers local artists time and space to explore and expand the possibilities of their work in music, dance, theater and multi-disciplinary performance. Work-in-progress showings, presented with moderated artist-audience dialogues, open artists’ process and creativity to BRIC’s diverse public. This fall, BRIClab features artists and projects mining ideas of migration, immigration and home.
The intimate, flexible studio space within BRIC House is dedicated to emerging and mid-career artists, with an audience capacity of 50-75 for rehearsals and performances in a workshop setting.
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MARIGRAM is generously sponsored by CEC Arts Link:
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