The block is much more than a strip of pavement in an urban neighborhood. It’s a stage for both good and bad to flourish in a community and for its residents to express their hardships and triumphs. Lakaï dissects topics like toxic masculinity, racial profiling, mental health and violence as a way to self-check and self-improve our respective communities worldwide. Their 2 hour-long piece draws from Jazz, Hip Hop, and Afro-Diasporic styles while incorporating powerful spoken word and live music aspects to paint complex stories that reflect the realities of inner-city existence.
Founded in 1973 by the late choreographer/philanthropist Patricia N. Nanon, The Yard is singular in its legacy, mission, and island community commitment. Ms. Nanon’s vision of providing creative “new work” residencies and public performance opportunities for choreographers and dance companies - carried forward and amplified since 2011, under the leadership of David R. White, Alison Manning, and Jesse Keller - has had a lasting impact on the national dance field. Among the many artists that The Yard has supported to date: The Bang Group; Urban Bush Women; Cuba’s Malpaso; Art Bridgman/Myrna Packer; Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, a Dance Company; The Wondertwins; Raphael Xavier; Susan Marshall; Camille A. Brown and Dancers; Doug Elkins; Everett Company; Michelle Dorrance; and the ice-skate artists of Montreal’s Le Patin Libre.
[McKersin and his project company performs June 16th]
The Bang Group presents Dance Now|Boston's 4th annual season with new works by Boston choreographers Ian Berg, Jimena Bermejo, Carey MacKinley and McKersin Previlus alongside New York company LMnO3.
Inspired by the supper clubs of yore, the program will allow diverse Boston dance artists to be commissioned to create exciting new work for our city's cabaret stages. David Parker himself has created 3 evening length works through Dance Now|NYC and found himself invigorated and transformed by creating sophisticated dance for these relaxed settings which are primarily associated with food, drink and entertainment.
Additionally, TBG will present the inaugural Presenting the first Robert B. and Joan H. Parker Compassionate Action Award to social justice activist, Stanley N. Griffith.
Conceived and directed by Tina Croll and Jamie Cunningham, From the Horse's Mouth celebrates "the heart and history of dance" with outstanding dancers and choreographers of all ages and traditions, performing together and telling their extraordinary personal stories. It has been performed nationwide with local and nationally known artists. Participants will be coached by Tina and Jamie through performance techniques focused on entwining storytelling and improvisational dance. No two performances will be the same.
In bringing this production to Boston, along with other elements of this "25 & Dancing On" year, The Dance Complex celebrates Boston's rich dance history, and the vibrant and diverse dance community both within our building and throughout the Greater Boston area.
The Davis & Elkins Dance Festival brings local, regional and national artists together on the College campus for three exciting days of concerts and workshops. Guest artists, students and professionals from the surrounding communities display their talents in two festival concerts. Individual workshop prices are $10 each. A Festival Pass to attend ten workshop sessions and both concerts for just $60. Workshop registration and tickets are available online or by calling the D&E Box Office at 304-637-1255 or the Division of Fine & Performing Arts at 304-637-1212. Presented by the Davis & Elkins College Division of Fine & Performing Arts.