November 2018 Grantee Events

VISIONS Contemporary Ballet: Dash – Between
Andrew Williams photographer

Come experience a wide range of art activities by supporting our Creative Engagement, Creative Learning and UMEZ Arts Engagement grantees at their events this November.


Kathy Leichter

Unladylike2020 Video of Bessie Coleman and Community Talk-Backs

November 1, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Maysles Documentary Center, 343 Malcolm X Boulevard, NY, NY 10027

This event kicks off National Aviation History Month with a screening of the UNLADYLIKE2020 trailer and a sneak preview of the first short in the series, which tells the incredible story of aviator Bessie Coleman, the first African American woman to hold an international pilot’s license.
Following the film, there will be a panel discussion with series creator Charlotte Mangin, Harlem actress and playwright Madeline McCray, and other special guests, and a community talk-back.

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Grantee Program: Creative Engagement



Vado Diomande and Kotchegna Dance Company

Kekene XII 2018 – Mamadou Dahoue Tribute

November 3, 2018 at 7:00 PM

National Black Theater, 2031 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10035

Kekene XII 2018 – This year’s “gathering” (“kekene” in Mahouka, Vado’s native tongue), pays tribute to Mamadou Dahoue, recently deceased, a fellow Ivorian performer whose service to New York City youth through traditional African dance and drum will be honored. The evening features Kotchegna Dance Company, and guest Ivory Coast performers gathered by Vado Diomande from London, New Orleans, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, Florida, and NYC, for this important memorial ceremony. Kotchegna Dance Company is an inter-ethnic, international corps de ballet specializing in traditional dance and drum from village life led by ex-principal dancer from the National Ballet of Ivory Coast, Vado Diomande. The evening will feature rituals, songs, dances, masks, colorful costumes, and the powerful, intricate drum rhythms Ivory Coast is famous for. West African village life and culture will envelop us all in a joyous musical world at the National Black Theater on Saturday November 3 at 7pm.

Grantee Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement


Luca Santaniello

Best Of Both Worlds

Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 2:00 PM at 59 West 137th Street #61 New York, NY 10037

Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 7:30 PM at Smalls Jazz Club – 183 west 10th street, New York, N.Y. 10014

A journey through traditional South American songs and African American Jazz.

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Grantee Program: Creative Engagement



The American Slavery Project

American Slavery Project: Unheard Voices

November 4, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Museum of the City of New York

November 5, 2018 at 7:00 PM at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 521 W 126th St, New York, NY 10027

Unheard Voices is a play of stories with music that brings to life some of the African descended men, women and children who lived in New York during the colonial era and are buried in New York’s African Burial Grounds. The American Slavery Project looks at the ordinary lives of people who lived, loved, laughed and endured during what we look back on as extraordinary times.

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Grantee Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement



Cantanti Project

Cantamos: A Celebration of Spanish-Language Songs

November 5, 2018 at 7:30 PM

United Palace, 4140 Broadway, New York, NY 10033

CANTAMOS: A Celebration of Spanish-Language Song showcases the diversity of classical music by bringing the fascinating and spirited music of Latin America and Europe to Upper Manhattan. Vocalists and instrumentalists will perform both classical and popular music, including opera, zarzuela, and favorite hits.

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Grantee Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement



East Winds, Inc.

Concert Series

November 8, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Highbridge Recreation Center, 2301 Amsterdam Ave, NY, NY 10033

Experience the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Japanese Taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes. Hear the 100 lb. Taiko drum, give thunderous voice to traditional and new compositions. Roughly translated, Taiko means big drums-and that’s exactly what Taikoza brings. Big Drums, powerful rhythms, and electrifying, room-thumping energy. This exciting group draws from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance to create a highly visual performance. With colorful traditional costumes and dynamic motion, Taikoza’s shows are immensely popular with audiences of all ages. Followed by workshops.

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Grantee Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement



14×48 Public Art Projects

The City on Stage

October 10 – November 10, 2018

48th Street and 7th Avenue, New York, NY

The City on Stage, a new billboard by photographer Lisa Kereszi, features an iconic photograph of a dancer on stage in a theater that has since been demolished and replaced by another performance hall. Kereszi, who is passionate about finding visual remnants of a former New York, chose this image as a symbol of the cyclical changes that drive the city. Beyond a since-replaced theater, the image itself contains another layer that references obsolescence: the performer re-enacts a vaudeville act with campy self-awareness, nodding to a tradition of live entertainment that is slowly disappearing from the cultural landscape.The billboard is posted in the Times Square district which itself has a long history of public art, experimentation, and performance.

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Grantee Program: Creative Engagement



VISIONS Contemporary Ballet

Healing Works II

November 10, 2018 at 7:30 PM

The Theater at Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue, New York, NY 10027        

In VISIONS Contemporary Ballet: Healing Works II, this ethnically diverse company led by Ranardo-Domeico Grays, artistic director/choreographer, relays universal messages of the human experience. A four-year brain cancer survivor, Ranardo is creatively flourishing, presenting spiritually uplifting contemporary ballet works. The company will be performing his newly completed piece, “Dash – Between,” about living life in the dash between “born” and “died;” “Through the Valley,” which explores facing obstacles in one’s fight for health and life; and “Roots,” rooted in prayer, about self-growth. “Beautiful Madness,” based on three poems written by Ranardo, reveals three sides of one person, and will be performed by Special Guest Artist Rebekah J. Kennedy, founding company member. Company Dancers performing this evening will be Alexandria Amstutz, Laura Dearman, Alden Henderson, Allegra Kirksey-Curtis, and Denzel Taylor.

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Grantee Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement



Anne Patsch and Miyu Tamamura

Invisible Language

November 10 and November 11, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 East 3rd St. New York, NY 10009

Miyu Tamamura and Anne Patsch will perform their collaborative work, Invisible Language, on November 10th and 11th during the program ‘Borrowed Light: Innovation in Ancient Arts,’ at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Tamamura and Patsch utilize Sho, a centuries-old form of Japanese calligraphy, to emulate the movement patterns of fingers as they type common text messages. A complex symbolic language of kanji-like forms emerges as ephemeral electronic communications are transformed into vivid painted text.

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Grantee Program: Creative Engagement



Symphony of the City of New York, Inc.

Breaking History’s Silence, Women Composers from 18th Century London

November 11, 2018 at 3:00 PM

All Saints Church, 230 East 60th Street, New York, NY

A pre-concert chamber music recital featuring the Western Hemisphere premieres of Violin Sonatas by Maria Hester Park, beginning at 3:00 PM.

Followed by a string orchestra concert of music from 18th century London featuring Western Hemisphere premieres of works by Mrs. Philarmonica, Maria Hester Park and John Hebden. Program will also include works by G.F. Handel and Henry Purcell at 4:00 PM.

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Grantee Program: Creative Engagement



The New York Choral Society

My Shadow and My Light

November 12, 2018 at 8:00 PM

Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Marking the anniversaries of many powerful events in human history, The New York Choral Society presents My Shadow and My Light, a concert of works by three early 20th century composers, who offered deeply personal reactions to the social and political environment of their day. We are reminded that the issues explored in these groundbreaking musical statements continue today. Featuring Gerald Finzi’s Requiem da Camera, Samuel Barber’s Agnus Dei and Michael Tippet’s A Child of our Time.
With soloists Gabriella Reyes, Zoie Reams, Luthando Qave, David Portillo & Nathaniel Sullivan.

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Grantee Program: Creative Engagement



Advent Lutheran Church

Music Mondays

November 12, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Advent Lutheran Church, 2504 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

Sonic Temples: Music of Saariaho and Barrière. Two of the world’s leading composers join Music Mondays for a program of entrancing, mystical music that envelops the listener in sound. Performers: Jennifer Koh, violin, Davóne Tines, bass-baritone, Camilla Hoitenga, flute, Aaron Wunsch, piano, Jean-Baptiste Barrière, electronics.

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Grantee Program: Creative Engagement


Lantern Community Services

November 15, 2018 at 4:00 PM

MoMA Cullman Education Center, 4 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 is a collection of original musical and visual art work created with formerly homeless artists and musicians, inviting dialogue through performances in public spaces. Original songs and artwork will be presented on Thursday, November 15, as part of the Museum of Modern Art Community Partnership Show. The event is free and open to the public. challenges perceptions of homelessness by exploring common human experiences: seeking a place of one’s own, desiring safety, and building community. The performance features an interactive mixed-media sculpture designed by artist Kerry Downey in partnership with MoMA. is directed by Karisa Antonio, Director of Arts and Culture at Lantern Community Services, and was written and performed in collaboration with violin/vox/freestyle composition artist Mazz Swift and multi-instrumentalist/improviser/composer Sam Kulik.

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Grantee Program: Creative Engagement



Loadbang, Inc.

Concert in the Crypt of Church of the Intercession

November 15, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Crypt of Church of the Intercession, Broadway & W 155th St

New York, NY 10032

loadbang will be performing music in this remarkable space by composers including Eve Beglarian, Jeffrey Gavett, Evan Johnson, William Lang, Hannah Lash, Paula Matthusen and a NY premiere of a new work for loadbang by Christian Wolff.

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Grantee Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement



Christine Bonansea


November 15 – November 17, 2018 at 8:00 PM

Danspace Project, St. Mark’s Church, 131 East 10th St. New York, NY 10003

OnlyHuman is a solo inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche’s aphoristic volume Human, All Too Human. Christine Bonansea investigates the stark contradiction between humankind’s capacity for freedom and beauty against its most destructive and illogical behaviors.

Created in collaboration with the artists Robert Flynt, Yoann Trellu, and Nicole Carroll, this highly kinetic and virtuosic dance is a meditation on bodily images and stereotypes of self in the context of the environment and geography, emotions, social structure.

Concept / Choreography / Performance: Christine Bonansea and guest artists
Original Music Composition / Performance: Nicole Carroll
Photography: Robert Flynt
Graphic Programming/ video: Yoann Trellu

Grantee Program: Creative Engagement



The Harlem Chamber Players

Annual Bach Concert         

November 16, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Broadway Presbyterian Church, 601 West 114th Street, New York, NY 10025

The Harlem Bach Project continues with an evening of four concerti by the master J.S. Bach. Violinist Joyce Hammann will lead a chamber orchestra comprised of members of The Harlem Chamber Players. The program includes the D Minor Violin Concerto, featuring violinist Ashley Horne, two oboe concerti featuring oboist Gerard Reuter, and concludes with the famous Double Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins featuring Ms. Hammann and violinist Claire Chan.

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Grantee Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement



Darrah Carr Dance, Inc.

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Winter Creatures

November 17, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019

This November, feast on free pancakes for kids and enjoy popular Irish cartoons starring some of our favorite wild animals. Before the screening, watch a performance inspired by endangered animals from Darrah Carr Dance and learn about birds that winter in New York City. Join the dancers onstage to try the first step of the jig!

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Grantee Program: Creative Engagement



Torkomada, Inc.

RAQS REVOLUTION: a Middle Eastern Dance Show

November 17, 2018 at 8:00 PM

Harlem School of the Arts Theater (HSA), 645 St Nicholas Ave, New York, NY 10030       

Revolution is a revolutionary dance spectacle celebrating Middle Eastern culture through artistic expression and a variety of dances. This project is necessary because it helps break down stereotypes, misunderstandings, and hostilities towards Arabic culture. It also addresses the necessity of empowering men and women through dance as a way of self-expression and high self-esteem. Guest artists include Torkom Movsesiyan, Joanna Nahara, Hanane El-ouadi, Petite Solei, Banat Alnahar dance troupe, Esmeralda Quayyum, Adelina Montayer, Carol Tandava and more…

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Grantee Program: UMEZ Arts Engagement



Howl! Happening

Full Moon Show

Sunday, November 24, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Howl! Happening, 6 East 1st St, New York, NY, 10003

Howl! Happening houses the archive of Tom Murrin, aka the Alien Comic, known as the Godfather of Performance Art. Every full moon, Tom performed his quirky, comedic Full Moon Show in honor of his moon goddess, Luna Macaroona, on a sidewalk or in a club. Always including a plethora of guest performers, he pushed the careers of such groundbreaking pioneers as David Cale, David Sedaris, Amy Sedaris, Blue Man Group, Ethyl Eichelberger and Lisa Kron among many others. Performing and promoting his madness and magic, we keep his tradition alive with monthly performances in the gallery and on the street.

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Grantee Program: Creative Engagement



Anne Patsch and Miyu Tamamura

Invisible Language

November 26 – January 9, 2018

Wild Project, 195 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10009
In Miyu Tamamura and Anne Patsch’s collaborative project, Invisible Language, Sho calligraphy is used to emulate the movement patterns of fingers as they type common text messages. When Tamamura moves her brush to map the movements of thumbs texting specific phrases, complex and compelling kanji-like symbols emerge. These symbols are part of a hidden language we have all learned, and every day we increase our fluency as we pick up our phones and our fingers glide from key to key. By revealing an unconscious process that accompanies digital communication, Invisible Language uncovers a beauty in mindfully engaging with technology.

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Grantee Program: Creative Engagement


Kate Douglas


November 29 – December 15, 2018 at 7:00 PM, 7:40 PM, 8:20 PM and 9:00 PM

Quantifi Offices, 276 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Welcome to AllCorp, where productivity is touted as the key to happiness, a strange infestation of plants is growing up through people’s desks, and no one stops to wonder why. From a creative team of immersive theater veterans comes EXTINCT, a surreal office experience that explores our culture of routine over reflection and what we are killing to make a killing.

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Grantee Program: Creative Engagement



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