CURRENT COMPANY REPERTOIRE
Song and Dance You (2016)
Song and Dance You is a provocative, no holds barred multidisciplinary evening length performance in collaboration with musician Zoë Aqua, Playwright Amina Henry, and MOPDC's SADY workshop participants. The choreography balances comedy and tragedy, makes parallels with Minstrelsy and our modern society, and
looks to answer the question: what will it take for Black Lives to Matter to all people? Based in Contemporary Dance Theater the movements fluctuate between Contemporary Dance, Traditional Jazz, and House. MOPDC also provides SADY choreography workshops that explores the Black Lives Matter Movement in relationship to the history of racism in the United States, and includes movement phrases and gestures created in these workshops within our choreography. 9 dancers, 1 musician, 60min.
January 2016 – FLICfest Artist-in-Residence Performance @ The Irondale Center, Brooklyn, NYAlma
Alma Liberada/Liberated Soul (2015)
Alma Liberada/Liberated Soul is made up of various Afro-Brazilian inspired company repertory pieces including: Solte Sua Samba, Natureza Viva! and Aconteceu. An ode to the vibrant and lively dance and music of Brazil as well as the community building nuances of dances such as: Samba-Afro, Samba, Dances of the Orixás, Passinho, and Samba de Roda. Choreography unites folkloric dance with contemporary dance and live music. This performance also includes engaging interactive audience participation. 6-11 dancers, 4 musicians, 30-50min.August 2015 – Boogie on the Boulevard/Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, NY
June 2015 – Lincoln Center's Meet the Artist Saturday's @ The David Rubenstein Atrium, New York, NY
Her Veiled Reflections (2013)
This collaborative choreography explores the secrets women keep and carry. It investigates how secrets shape the ways women move through their lives, view themselves and each other. Experience a dynamic dialogue between movement, live musicians, and anonymous contributors who have dared to share their secrets in writing. Watch women unite and empower each other across culture, class, religion, and age. Witness how secrets can be transformed from what keeps us separate into what keeps us connected. This interactive multimedia piece includes audience members reading secrets from collected index cards and video installations. Secrets shared by over 200 women from around the world via an online anonymous survey. 9 dancers, 4 live musicians, 75min full production, 10min solos/duets.
July 2015 – The Southern Vermont Dance Festival, Brattleboro, VT (solo)June 2015 - Casita Maria Artist-in-Residence Performance, Bronx, NY; site-specific version (full production)
October 2014 – For Ferguson @ The Muse, Brooklyn, NY; donations went to the Michael Brown fund (solo)
February 2014 – International Woman Artists' Salon @ Dixon Place, New York, NY (duet)
May 2013 – The Performance Project @ University Settlement Artist-in-Residence Performance, New York, NY (full production)
Paint the town red Hook (2014)
Paint the town red Hook is a site-specific work that looks at the various communities that have called Red Hook home. The piece was originally created to be seen from 360°, based on the site chosen and used the trees of the site as additional characters rather than obstacles. The choreography is based on true stories from people who have lived in Red Hook, including the Italian longshoremen, African-American and Latino populations that live in “The Back,” as well as the newly forming gentrified areas. This Contemporary dance piece also includes various folk and popular dances from the aforementioned communities, and can be adapted to a traditional stage. 6 dancers, 15min.
July 2015 – The Southern Vermont Dance Festival, Brattleboro, VTDecember 2014 – The Gathering VIII: A Night of African Music and Dance, New York, NY
October 2014 – Dance on the Greenway, Brooklyn, NY; commission
Movimento do Povo (1999)
Movimento do Povo (Movement of the People) depicts the effects Portuguese conquistadors, Catholicism, slavery, the 20yr Military Regime and racism have had, and still have, on Brazil. It fuses Contemporary Dance Theater, Afro-Brazilian dance, Capoeira and Dances of the Orixás in order to perform various historical occurrences with integrity. The entire piece takes the audience on a visceral journey through time and space, propelling them into the mind-set and atmosphere of pinnacle issues Brazil has faced. Movimento do Povo focuses on different social issues in Brazil and how people remain strong through their faith. 5-9 dancers, 30min full production, individual sections 5-10min.
July 2015 – The Southern Vermont Dance Festival, Brattleboro, VT; site-specific version @ Pliny Park (sections 1-3)July 2015 – chashama Resident Artist, New York, NY; site-specific version @ Anita's Way (sections 1-3)
April 2014 – Critically Kinaesthetic: Performing Bodies of Political Engagement at The Heliconian Hall, Toronto, ON (sections 1-3)
April 2014 – Ya'el Tap's Choreographers Collective at Fireproof, Brooklyn, NY (section 1)
July 2007 – SummerStage @ St. Mary’s Park, Bronx, NY (section 1)
Aconteceu/It Happened (2012)
Based on the Candelária Massacre of 1993 in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, where 8 street children were massacred by police, the work provocatively fuses Contemporary Dance and pedestrian movements with Afro-Brazilian dances including Dances of the Orixás, Capoeira, and Samba. In questioning the role of fate in how the world unfolds around us, as well as paralleling Greek Fates and the Goddess Yemanja of the Afro-Brazilian religion Candomblé, the structure of the piece follows the format of a Greek Tragedy. Choreography includes both live spoken word and singing. Originally set for 23 dancers, can be performed with at least 11 people, 25min.
2015 – A Thread That Ties Us All @ University Settlement
(co-produced production), New York, NY
April 2012 – Closed Body/Safe Heart @ The Center for Dance, Movement and Somatic Learning, Stony Brook, NY/Faculty Choreographer – Performance Dance Ensemble
Black Lives: a Movement (2014)
Explored an improvisational solo rendering of feelings and thoughts surrounding the controversial statement “Black Lives Matter.” Movement vocabulary included West African, Contemporary and Dance Theater. Solo, 7min.
December 2014 – The Gathering VIII: A Night of African Music and Dance, New York, NY
Blurred Minds (2014)
Blurred Minds is a solo piece that explores: the progression of schizophrenia, the internal struggle of fighting and giving into hallucinations and delusions, as well as the difficulties to act normally in social situations. It reflects real life experiences of one teetering on the precipice of being able to distinguish reality. Solo, 8min.
August 2014 – This/That @ The Brick Theater, Brooklyn, NY
(For) Those We Left Behind (2010)
(For) Those We Left Behind is an exploration of families who fought for the opportunity to immigrate to the US, and in turn settled in Brooklyn. The story is told through the haunting imagery and voices of family members stuck in their native lands. The choreography delves into the recognition of our vulnerability, a surrender of our desire to control events, and concept of morphing transformation. Live musical accompaniment inspired by Klezmer and Gypsy Folk music. Site-specific to each location it is performed. 6 dancers, 1 musician, 12min.
July 2014 – ChEck Us OuT Dance Festival @ Central Park, New York, NY; site-specific version for Summit Rock; violinist Sean DevareSeptember 2010 – White Wave's DUMBO Dance Festival, Brooklyn, NY; site Specific version for Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1; bassist Michael Thurber
Las Madres (2005)
Las Madres is a Modern Dance/Tango influenced composition based on the history of Las Madres de Plaza de Mayo, a group of women who helped take down the Military Regime in Argentina. Dancers perform with foam wood posters of enlarged photos of their own loved ones who have passed. 7 dancers, 14min extended version, 7min section 1.
2014 – Sans Limites Spring Performance @ The Drilling Company, New
York, NY; Guest Artist
May 2010 – Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance/BAAD!'s “Boogie Down Dance Festival” Bronx, NY
April 2010 – Amnesty International's Human Rights Art Festival, Silver Spring, MD; joined by Stony Brook University students
September 2007 – White Wave's DUMBO Dance Festival (John Ryan Theater and the Empire-Fulton State Park) Brooklyn, NY
April 2005 – NYU Dance Education Master’s Concert @ The Fredrick Lowe Theatre, New York, NY/student work
Understand Your Ground (2012)
Understand Your Ground, a dance trilogy inspired by the Trayvon Martin trials, provokes the senses and invokes thought about our current society’s stand on racial stereotypes and prejudices. Dancer’s weave in and out of emotions stemming from the case, including movement representations of the viral reactions people have included on the internet, and looks to find humanity in our humanity. Choreography blends Modern and Hip Hop dance vernaculars Taste the Rainbow follows the first moments of finding out about the horrendous act, along with the details pertaining to the night of Trayvon's murder. 5 dancers, 6min. The second section, knock, knock. who's scared? speaks to the way in which the proceedings of the Trayvon Martin trial were handled and the integral discourse that was left in the gutter – that this was indeed a case fueled by race. Originally created as a site-specific work inspired by G. Fredrick Morante's sculpture Relative. 2 dancers, 6min. Cyclical Coda is a discourse of our nation's unrest and combines the many feelings helplessness, anger, and sadness left in the wake of injustice. 11 dancers, 5min. Full production 7-11 dancers, 17min.
April 2014 – Tanz Consciousness at The Center for Dance, Movement and Somatic Learning, Stony Brook, NY/Faculty Choreographer, full performanceFebruary 2014 – National Black Theatre's #HoodiesUp Art Exhibit, New York, NY/video
February 2014 – Black History Month Closing Ceremony at City College, New York, NY/knock, knock? who's scared
October 2013 – The Outlet Dance Project at The Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ/knock, knock? who's scared – site-specific version
January 2013 – From Obama to Occupy: Works of Outrage from 2008-2012 @ BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Brooklyn, NY/Taste the Rainbow
July 2012 – ChEck Us OuT Dance Festival @ Central Park, New York, NY/Taste the Rainbow – site-specific version
30 going on HAG (2011)
A contemporary dance quartet about society's antiquated gravitational pull on women, and what is deemed acceptable for women in their thirties: marriage, stable career, and kids. It looks at the wake of these preconceived notions as to what constitutes as respectable. This dark choreography addresses what it's like to take on the pressures of society, nature, and one's personal fears, as a woman in her 30's. An ode to the single, temporary job having, childless woman’s midlife crisis.
October 2013 – NYC10! at Dixon Place, New York, NYFebruary 2011 – White Wave's Cool NY Dance Festival, Brooklyn, NY
Natureza Viva!/Dances of the Orixás (2011)
MOPDC's folkloric Dances of the Orixás of the Afro-Brazilian religion Candomblé – Oxum (Goddess of the rivers), Iansã (Goddess of wind), Ogum (God of iron), and Oxossi (God of the hunt). Choreographed and improvisational movements depict the essence of each deity. 3-4 dancers, can be performed for 5-10min.
October 2013 – Latino Heritage Culture Show at City College, New York, NYAugust 2013 – African Unity and Resource Day, New York, NY
May 2013 – Celebrate Diversity Festival, New York, NY
June – October 2012 – Sol y Sombra's Out of Africa Festival @ Suffolk Community College, Brentwood Library, Smithtown Arts Council, and The Rainbow Theater at Heckscher Park, Long Island, NY
July – October 2011 – Sol y Sombra's Hispanic Dance Festival II @ Suffolk Community College, Smithtown Arts Council, and The Rainbow Theater at Heckscher Park, Long Island, NY
Farm, House-Rules (2012)
Farm, House-Rules, is a farce on the state of our government and presidential elections. Like the interactions of alpha-male animals put in close quarters, each party puffs out their chests to look the most suitable for the position of President, while strategically implementing jabs at each other. Adorned in a donkey and elephant masks the duet jovially explores the state of our nation while addressing a few of the issues that revolve around current elections. This interactive piece breaks the fourth wall and instigates audience responses as well as encourages the audience to dance in order to get the final votes for President. 2 dancers, 10min.
July 2012 – WHEC Community Block Party, Hamilton Heights, NYJune 2012 – FIGMENT Arts Festival NYC @ Governor's Island, NY
Personal Private Apartheid (2011)
A sextet based on one's inner struggle; how at times people separate themselves from society without realizing it, resulting in a subconscious fight for self understanding causing some to live segregated lives, however obvious or ambiguous it may be. Choreography fuses West African dance and contemporary dance. This piece also looks at the shadow and outline of movements at a metaphor for our unconscious minds. Each dancer uses headlights attached to their costumes to create shadow effects within the bookends of the piece. 6 dancers, 10min.
March 2012 – Dance Conversations at The FLEA Theater, conversation moderated by Gina Gibney, New York, NYApril 2011 – The Center for Dance, Movement and Somatic Learning's Spring Performance, Stony Brook, NY
Breathless is a Modern dance piece inspired by the Jena Six case in Louisiana and various noose related incidents in the United States throughout the 21st century. Performed as a solo, duet or sextet, short version 7min, extended version 13min.
April 2010 - Amnesty International's Human Rights Art Festival, Silver Spring, MD/duetApril 2010 – Moving Beauty Dance Series w/ QAS @ Webster Hall, New York, Performance streamed live on www.nycliverock.com./duet
December 2008 – NuDance Festival @ The Riverside Theatre, New York, NY/sextet
August 2008 – The TANK: Two Nights of Political Dance, New York, NY/duet
August 2008 – Evoke's Celebrate Dance Festival, San Diego, CA/duet
April 2008 – The Festival at Dance Theater Workshop: Raw Festival Studio Series, New York, NY/solo
January 2008 – White Wave’s Cool New York Dance Festival, Brooklyn, NY/duet
La Ironia del Duende (2006)
La Ironia del Duende is a modern dance/Flamenco influenced composition based on the struggles of the traditional Flamenco and Gypsy concept of the Duende, the dark depths one must traverse in order to create profound works of art, and is set in Guernica, a small town in Southern Spain, during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). 9 dancers, 10min.
July 2007 – SummerStage @ St. Mary’s Park, Bronx, NYJune 2006 – RAW Material @ Dance New Amsterdam, New York, NY
Photography by: Alyssa Rapp, Darial Sneed, Steven Schreiber, courtesy of Dance Theatre Etcetera - Tod Seelie photographer, Stephen de las Heras, Masato Kuroda, Chianan Yen, Matthiew J. Wright, Yi-Chun Wu, Clyde Berger, J.P.G., Richard Conde
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