Afro/Solo/Man (work-in-progress), featuring Akeel "Acid Blues" St.Vil, is a multi-disciplinary meditation on the identities of Black men in relation to ideas of origins, nourishment, heritage, nature, sexuality, and technology in the 21st century. It is a bio-mythography that uses multimedia, dance, and storytelling to engage the audience in the personal journeys of two men who question and investigate memory, life, death, and the connection to their ancestors. These are not stories of Black men that we think we know. Brother(hood) Dance! challenges assumptions, provokes rethinking, and takes on all of our demons around race, gender, sexuality and “brotherhood.”
The artist-audience talk back after the performance on Thursday, February 22, will be moderated by Mahogany L. Browne, and the talk back after the performance on Friday, February 23, will be moderated by Taja Lindley.
General Admission: Seated
Orlando Zane Hunter, Jr. is an international artist who has performed in Trinidad and Tobago and Zimbabwe, Africa with Ananya Chatterjea. He has received a B.F.A. in dance from the University of Minnesota. Recently he choreographed and danced in Redbone: A Biomythography, which debuted at the Nuyorican Café, Wild Project Theater, and Duke University: Women’s Center. Orlando Hunter’s solo, “Mutiny,” was selected in the 2015 Dancing While Black performance lab held in Trinidad and Tobago. He has presented his choreography at Thelma Hill and on Time Warner Cable network through Germaul Barnes’s project, Black Bones. Since his arrival in New York City, Orlando has performed works by Christal Brown, Edisa Weeks, Germaul Barnes, Andre Zachary/Renegade Performance Group, Forces of Nature and Ni’Ja Whitson-Adebanjo/NWA project. In addition, he is the co-founder of Brother(hood) Dance! and 2015/16 Dancing While Black Fellow.
Ricarrdo Valentine uses art as a vehicle for activism. Ricarrdo’s education includes Urban Bush Women: Summer Leadership Institute, Bates Dance Festival, and Earl Mosely Institute of the Arts. He has presented his choreography at Bates Dance Festival, Brooklyn Museum, El Museo del Barro, and LaGuardia Community College. Ricarrdo continues to collaborate and work with Christal Brown/INspirit, Edisa Weeks/Delirious Dance, Paloma McGregor, Dante Brown/Warehouse Dance, Malcolm Low/Formal Structure, Jill Sigman/Thinkdance, Ni’Ja Whitson-Adebanjo/NWA project, Andre Zachary/RPG, Emily Berry/B3W, and Barak ade Soliel. He is the co-founder of Brother(hood) Dance! In addition, Ricarrdo is the 2015 Dance/USA DILT mentee and 2015/16 Dancing While Black Fellow.
The Cave Canem, Poets House & Serenbe Focus alum, Mahogany L. Browne is the author of several books including Redbone (nominated for NAACP Outstanding Literary Works) and Dear Twitter: Love Letters Hashed Out On-line, recommended by Small Press Distribution & About.com Best Poetry Books of 2010. Mahogany is the author of illustrated book Black Girl Magic (Roaring Press/Macmillan) and co-editor of forthcoming anthology The Break Beat Poets: Black Girl Magic. She is an Urban Word NYC Artistic Director (as seen on HBO’s Brave New Voices); founder of Women Writers of Color Reading Room; Programming for BLM@Pratt; and facilitates performance poetry and writing workshops throughout the country. Browne is also the publisher of Penmanship Books, the Nuyorican Poets Café Friday Night Slam curator, and recent graduate from Pratt Institute MFA Writing & Activism program.
Taja Lindley is a healer and an activist who creates socially engaged artwork that reflects and transforms audiences, shifts culture, and moves people to action. She uses movement, text, installation, ritual, burlesque, and multi-media to create immersive works that are concerned with freedom, healing, and pleasure. She is currently developing a body of work recycling and repurposing discarded materials. In addition to being an artist, Taja is actively engaged in social movements as a writer, consultant, and facilitator. For over a decade she has worked with non-profits, research institutes, and government on policies and programming that impact women and girls, communities of color, low/no/fixed-income families, queer people, youth, and immigrants. Her writing has appeared in Rewire, YES! Magazine, Feministe, Salon, and EBONY. She is the founder of Colored Girls Hustle, and a member of Harriet's Apothecary and Echoing Ida.
Afro/Solo/Man is produced as part of the BRIClab Residency. 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 multidisciplinary performance. Work-in-progress showings, presented with moderated artist-audience dialogues, open artists’ process and creativity to BRIC’s diverse public.
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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