2014-15 Performing Artists-in-Residence

2014–15 Performing Arts Residency Artists

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES & WORKSHOPS Fall 2014-Summer 2015

CARYN MORIAH SEEMORIAH
Residency: November 3 – 21, 2014
Performance: November 21, 2014  / 7 – 8:30 PM
Through dance, participatory performance and video, Seemoriah addresses the “Latina,” stereotype within Western culture. Paying homage to Josephine Baker’s infamous Danse Sauvage and her relatively lesser known commitment to Civil Rights, Moriah’s persona/superhero Seemoriah creates a contemporary interpretation of Baker’s performance, incorporating plátanos and her Papaya Power Revolution as symbols of empowerment for Puerto Rican women.

CARYN MORIAH is a Bronx-born, Puerto Rican visual and performance artist. A Silas H. Rhodes Scholar, she has a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in Visual and Critical Studies. Moriah is the Founder of the Latina Feminist movement, Papaya Power Revolution. Her work was most recently exhibited in “The Last Brucennial,” an exhibition of women artists at the NY Armory Show. seemoriah.com

JASON LALOR BLACKBODY RADIATION
Residency: January 12 – 30, 2015
Performance: January 30, 2015  from 7 – 8:30 PM
Multimedia workshop: email ajordan@casitamaria.org for more info and to sign-up

Blackbody Radiation provides an innovative platform for the genres of Rap and Hip Hop through an interactive, audiovisual performance. Using custom- designed software and original animation, Lalor creates a live visual soundscape from in-time, simultaneous interactions with his movements, rhymes and music. During his residency he will offer a multimedia workshop using his techniques and methodology.

JASON LALOR is a sound and performance artist. He has an MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons, The New School of Design. In 2011, he released the album Undone Heroes. Lalor’s recent exhibitions include the LIC Arts Open (New York) and the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art. He is the Founder of Dada Powell Industries, a multimedia art and design studio. jasonlalor.com

DR. DRUM / BOMBAYO
CALL & RESPONSE / LLAMADA Y RESPUESTA
Residency: February 23 – March 13, 2015
Performance: March 13, 2015 from 7 – 8:30 PM
DRUM STORY workshop: email ajordan@casitamaria.org for more info and to sign-up

Incorporating local community, Call & Response is a theatrical Bomba dance piece for the Commemoration of Puerto Rico’s Abolition [of Slavery] Day. The work explores themes of displacement, marginalization and redefined identity based on the participants’ lived experiences. Dr. Drum will offer an interdisciplinary “Drum Story” workshop, teaching participants to share their stories.

JOSE ORTIZ AKA DR. DRUM, is a Bronx based, self-taught percussionist of Afro Caribbean rhythms. As the Co-Founder and Musical Director of BombaYo, he is an advocate for the arts and an organizer and educator of Afro Puerto Rican Bomba. For the past 13 years, he has taught at numerous after-school programs throughout New York City, as well as developed original curricula for teaching percussion to youth. bombayo.org

2050 LEGACY CATALYST
Residency: April 13 – May 1, 2015
Performance: May 1, 2015 from 7 – 8:30 PM
2050 LEGACY MASTER CLASS: email ajordan@casitamaria.org for more info and to sign-up

CATALYST is a play reading that follows the stories of six people who find themselves at the end of the world as we know it. 2050 Legacy unearths visions of a new world order, exploring the themes of inequality, poverty, love and survival through spoken word, music and movement. Using their progressive pedagogy, they will offer Master Classes in social justice theater.

Founded in 2009, 2050 LEGACY is a multi-disciplinary theater company for empowerment and social change that combines social justice issues with dance, music, and spoken word. Based in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, 2050 Legacy has performed nationally and internationally, most recently with The Hemispheric Institute’s “Biennial Encuentro” in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Montreal, Canada. 2050legacy.com

MOVEMENT OF THE PEOPLE DANCE COMPANY (MOPDC)
HER VEILED REFLECTIONS
Residency: May 26 – June 12, 2015
Performance: June 12, 2015 from 7 – 8:30 PM
To participate in performance and / or workshop: email ajordan@casitamaria.org
for more info and to sign-up

Her Veiled Reflections is a dynamic dialogue between movement, live music, and anonymous women who have dared to share their secrets in writing. This interactive, multi-disciplinary work explores the ways in which secrets form gender and identity. During their residency, MOPDC will offer a workshop teaching participants to express and perform their experiences through dance.

Founded in 2005 by Joya Powell, MOVEMENT OF THE PEOPLE DANCE COMPANY (MOPDC) is dedicated to unearthing historic and present sociocultural issues through the integration of contemporary dance theater with traditional world folk genres. The company has performed nationally and internationally including: BAAD!, Amnesty International’s Human Rights Art Festival (Maryland), SummerStage and Dance New Amsterdam. movementofthepeopledance.com

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ALL PROGRAMMING IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Casita Maria's PERFORMING ARTS RESIDENCY (PAR) program was created to provide our community with access to contemporary performing artists' work, while also offering opportunities for artists to develop work that engages the neighborhood and local residents. Each year, five artists are chosen based on the quality of their work and level of community involvement within their art practice. During each of their 3 week residencies, the artists develop their proposed project and present a final performance event for the community which is produced by Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education.