Harlem Stage

Address 150 Convent Avenue, New York, United States
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Phone 212.281.9240
Website http://www.harlemstage.org
"Since 1979, Harlem Stage/Aaron Davis Hall, Inc. (Harlem Stage) has been one of the nation’s leading organizations devoted to the creation and development of new works by performing artists of color; provides a valuable forum for culturally diverse artists, community-based performing arts organizations and regionally-significant arts groups and institutes important education programs for the metropolitan area. Harlem Stage has hosted such legendary artists as Harry Belafonte, Max Roach, Bill Cosby, Abbey Lincoln, Maya Angelou and Tito Puente. Through vibrant programs in music, dance, theater and film the organization has developed and... [more]

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Harlem Stage's New Music Series Uptown Nights At Harelm Stage Debuts 9/26 (Broadwayworld.com)

Harlem Stage’s new music series Uptown Nights at Harlem Stage, which debuts Sept. 26, reaches back to the time when uptown was the place to seek out the next big thing in music, and to hear top artists of the time play in settings where socializing, and community building, was paramount. The Uptown Nights series opens with “2012: The Hip Hop Experiment” featuring a line-up of rising young musicians, dancers, and visual and technological artists who are leading the next wave in music and art. Events continue monthly throughout the fall, mixing a vibrant, intimate club vibe featuring DJs and open bars with intriguing experimental music that embraces everything from hip-hop to Latin, jazz to electronic-rock, and live beats. Uptown Nights events are curated and produced by Harlem Stage and a variety of collaborators including prominent young artists like Marc Cary, Tamar-Kali, and Dana Leong, nightlife impresarios like producer Shon “Chance” Miller, and music collectives like Jazzmobile. Co-presenters include The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University, and the Columbia/Harlem Jazz Project. “Harlem has a rich history of music, culture, and community-building,” says Patricia Cruz, Executive Director of Harlem Stage. “During the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and 1930s, African-American cultural and intellectual life flourished. People came here from all over to watch plays, hear music, and meet friends. Artists like Fats Waller played in small clubs and private salons while people socialized, sang, and leaned in on his piano to listen. Uptown Nights builds on this legacy for a new, younger generation of people.” “2012: The Hip Hop Experiment.” takes a modern spin on this early 20th century tradition. Host Jessica Care Moore will introduce each performer and read poetry throughout the evening. Musical sets feature up-and-coming talent including emcees Holistic and Holy Smokes, vocalist Crystal Monee Hall, the Smash Mechanics Band, and Len ‘Tuac’ Xiang. Established performers are on the bill, too including Marc Cary and the Black Instruments Band with special guests Chicago-based funk/soul musician Peven Everett, and Phonte (of Little Brother). Cary has played with Dizzy Gillespie, Betty Carter, Abbey Lincoln, Erykah Badu, Meshell N’degeocello, and Lauryn Hill. Cary’s music, and sets by DJ Jazzy Jay, underscore performances by vocalists, emcees, and dancers throughout the evening. Audience reactions, captured by “sensory response” technology, enhance the room’s ambiance. “This is sure to be a night of genre-defying performances,” Cruz says. All Uptown Nights at Harlem Stage events take place at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse (150 Convent Avenue at 135th Street). Tickets are $15 at www.HarlemStage.org or by phone, 212-281-9240 , ext. 19 or 20. A full listing of the series is below. Saturday, September 26, 2009 2012, The HipHop Experiment 6 pm – Pre-performance dialogue with Marc Cary and Shon “Chance” Miller; 7:30 pm – Doors open Hosted by poet Jessica Care Moore, this series premiere features Marc Cary and his Black Instruments Band (with special guests Peven Everett, and Phonte of Little Brother), emcees Holistic and Holy Smokes, vocalist Crystal Monee Hall, the Smash Mechanics Band, Len ‘Tuac’ Xiang, sets by DJ Jazzy Jay, performances by dancers, emcees, vocalists, and more. Pre-performance dialogue is followed by an hour-long open bar mixer. Audience reactions, captured by “sensory response” technology, add to the room’s ambiance. Thursday, October 22, 2009 Yosvany Terry: A Jazzmobile Community Dance Party 7:30 pm Yosvany Terry and his band join with DJ ASHO, special guest emcees, Cuban dancers, and visual artists for a night of grooving to a Latin beat. Featuring an hour-long open bar mixer, followed by the performance and a closing DJ set, this is one rumba not to miss. Part of the new Uptown Nights at Harlem Stage music series. Saturday, November 21, 2009 Tamar-kali’s Cabaret Chocolat: An Autumn Night’s Soiree 6 pm – pre-performance dialogue with artists; 7:30 pm – performance Tamar-kali, a force of nature with a most original voice, and her all-female Psychochamber Ensemble are joined by special guests The Maine Attraction, Monstah Black, Keibpoli, Master of Ceremony “Marco the Magician,” and special surprise guests. Evening includes an open bar mixer, followed by a night of haunting deconstructed songs, fierce dance, burlesque, spectacle, and illusion. Co-presented with The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia and the Columbia/Harlem Jazz Project. Part of the new Uptown Nights at Harlem Stage music series. Saturday, December 12, 2009 Milk & Jade by Dana Leong 6 pm – pre-performance dialogue with artists; 7:30 pm – performance Milk & Jade features Dana Leong on cello, trombone and laptop. His band combines live grooves, electronically charged tracks, and poetic rhyming to create instrumental hip-hop beats with rock propulsions. The party starts with a full-hour of open bar and ends with DJ Scientific and special guests as they rock the house for this finale to the new Uptown Nights at Harlem Stage music series. Uptown Nights at Harlem Stage is part of the Harlem Stage Inside/Out Initiative, which receives leadership support from the Ford Foundation. Harlem Stage Partners Program receives leadership support from Deutsche Bank and public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts. Visit the new Harlem Stage website and blog: www.HarlemStage.org.

"Conversation Between Generations" a New York Times Dance Review

Harlem Stage quietly wrapped up the 10th anniversary of its E-Moves dance series over the weekend. Don’t be fooled by the rather turgid title of the Friday evening program, “Legends and Legacies,” at the handsome Gatehouse theater. Featuring three renowned female artists with younger women they have inspired, the program was as low-key as it was affecting. Virginia Johnson’s “Legacy Interrupted” was, in equal measures, poignant and hopeful. Ms. Johnson, a Dance Theater of Harlem luminary, was joined by two fellow alumni, Paunika Jones and Tanya Wideman-Davis (who also choreographed), and Ashley Murphy, a member of the company’s Dancing Through Barriers ensemble. Dancing Through Barriers is now the closest thing the financially troubled Dance Theater of Harlem has to a company: hence the work’s title and the poignancy. But this ensemble is touring extensively, and Ms. Johnson has just been named to succeed the company’s founding artistic director, Arthur Mitchell. Hope springs eternal for this 40-year-old troupe, which offered just that to black classical dancers at a time when few other opportunities existed. (Too few still do.) “What is left when the shoes are off and the waist thick?” Ms. Johnson asked in a resonant voice-over. Plenty, it seems. While the younger dancers offered snippets of the company’s signature “Firebird” ballet and Ms. Wideman-Davis attacked with her dazzlingly fierce extensions, Ms. Johnson nonetheless held the stage with her beautifully expressive arms and serenely commanding presence. As the saying goes, flaunt what you’ve got left. Joan Myers Brown, who founded Philadanco in 1970, did the same in “Echoes.” Choreographed in collaboration with Christopher Huggins, this brief but feisty exercise in shimmying and attitude was performed with Kim Bears-Bailey, Philadanco’s assistant artistic director. Backed by recordings of Nina Simone and wearing slinky black dresses that showed off plenty of leg, Ms. Myers Brown and Ms. Bears-Bailey offered a deliciously arch interlude. “A Hidden Duet” was another matter entirely. A powerhouse collaboration between the founder of Urban Bush Women, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, and her associate artistic director, Nora Chipaumire, it unfolded like an intimate and joyous protest song. Spoken banter bloomed into a full-bodied, complexly rhythmic give and take, the women using breath, gesture and rippling undulations of energy to tell their intertwined stories. They began and ended holding hands. The word for this isn’t anything as fancy as legacy or legend; it’s family. Read full review at: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/27/arts/dance/27emov.html




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