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Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of E-Moves, Harlem Stage’s Signature Dance Series – May 2-11

Harlem Stage, the legendary uptown venue that for over 35 years has promoted the creative legacy of Harlem and artists of color from around the corner and across the globe, is proud to present its Spring 2019 season of performances. The 2019 spring season is curated by Monique Martin, Director of Programming for Harlem Stage and features artists who #Disrupt and take creative risk. The performances feature a range of artistic genres, offering audiences the chance to experience legendary performers, as well as rising stars.    

From May 2-4 and 9-11, 2019, Harlem Stage’s signature dance series E-Moves celebrates its 20th anniversary. Throughout its history, E- Moves has commissioned, presented and nurtured choreographers of color across the spectrum of contemporary dance idioms to create new work. In celebration of this anniversary, Harlem Stage will present 6 nights of dance featuring 2 commissioned artists presenting new works. In addition to the 2 new works, each night will feature additional choreographers and a pop-up performance by up-and-coming choreographers.

For the 20th anniversary season, the cogent power of Hip-Hop dance is uplifted to transport the crowd and push the boundaries of movement.Born out of social dance in urban community park cyphers and basement ballrooms and now seen across the globe on esteemed stages and concert halls, Hip-Hop dance is a prayer and a roar. 

Two commissioned choreographers, FLUXX and Omari Mizrahi/ Les Ballet Afrik will present new works. E-Moves choreographers also includeIt’s Showtime NYC!, Joseph Webb and Barédu Ahmed aka Long Arms (L.A.) and pop-up performances curated by Adesola Osakalumi, including works from Sun Kim, Cein Lockefeller, Soraya Lundy and TweetBoogie.  


PROGRAM A – May 2, 3 and 4 

FLUXX – (30 minutes) 
Choreography: FLUXX 
Length: 30 minutes 
“FLUXX” aims to capture a Black woman’s life, which has always held the seed of sprituality. This works cuts into that seed as an interrogation of personal memories and those of mothers, grandmothers, and great grandmothers. This is a story of two women connecting past to future through memory and aims to capture the dissonance between the difficult internal dialogue to reveal tireless beauty and strength. 

Messages from Umi – (25 minutes) 
Choreography: Joseph Webb and Barédu Ahmed aka Long Arms (L.A.) 
“Messages from Umi” is the story of The Order of Long Arms (L.A.), keepers of the culture and the seers of the future, guarding ancient prayers and meditations in a sacred temple of words, beats, movement, and culture. The title is a reference to Umi, traditionally understood as a term for mother, and represents the messages transferred to the legacy of Hip-Hop from the ancestors through Mother Hip Hop. “Messages from Umi” expresses Hip-Hop as a prayer through live music while exploring sound, emceeing, and movement through tap dance and house dance. 

Funk in Love – (8 minutes) 
A Hip-Hop celebration of funk and love. 

PROGRAM B – May 9, 10 and 11 
Sila Djiguba (Path of Hope) – (13 minutes)

Thursday, May 27:30 PMFLUXX, Joseph Webb and Barédu Ahmed aka Long Arms (L.A.) and pop-up performers Sun Kim and Cein Lockefeller
Friday, May 37:30 PMFLUXX, Joseph Webb and Barédu Ahmed aka Long Arms (L.A.) and pop-up performers Sun Kim and Cein Lockefeller
Saturday, May 47:30 PMFLUXX, Joseph Webb and Barédu Ahmed aka Long Arms (L.A.) and pop-up performers Sun Kim and Cein Lockefeller
Thursday, May 97:30 PMOmari Mizrahi/Les Ballet Afrik, It’s Showtime NYC! and pop-up performers Soraya Lundy
Friday, May 107:30 PMOmari Mizrahi/Les Ballet Afrik, It’s Showtime NYC! and pop-up performers TweetBoogie
Saturday, May 117:30 PMOmari Mizrahi/Les Ballet Afrik, It’s Showtime NYC! and pop-up performers TweetBoogie

Choreography: Ousmane Wiles (Omari Mizrahi)

Piece Name: “Sila Djiguba” (Path of Hope) and “Crossroads” (World Premiere)

“Sila Djiguba” is an amalgamation of West African, AfroBeat, House and Vogue styles. Featuring 8 dancers, the piece honors the dance circles or “ciphers” that bring people together during a time of celebration, whether it be a wedding in the villages of West Africa or a classic game of “Pass the Beat” at a vogue ball in New York City. Inspired by non-verbal exchanges, which occur when people from different walks of life engage within a cipher, Omari’s ” Sila Djiguba” showcases how traditional dance steps are reinterpreted through various dance styles and passed down to generations to come. 

Crossroads – (15 minutes) World Premiere 
Choreography: Ousmane Wiles (Omari Mizrahi) 
“Crossroads” is inspired by relationships in all their forms and how people use them to understand themselves. The work moves through abusive relationships, community circles, and mentorship, to contemplate the choices one makes and where each road leads.

Festival of Dreams – (20 minutes) 
Choreography: Faustin Linyekula and Moya Michael 
Created by Faustin Linyekula (Democratic Republic of Congo) and Moya Michael (South Africa) and in collaboration with 22 dancers from It’s Showtime NYC! during a two-week residency at BRIC and University Settlement in 2017, “Festival of Dreams” celebrates the small, personal details that define who we are and connect us all as human beings. 

Imma Bad Girl– (4 minutes) 
Choreography: TweetBoogie 
Paying homage to Bad Boy Records who changed the sound of Hip-Hop and R&B in the 90’s along with fashion and culture. 

Price: $25 
Box Office Location: Harlem Stage Gatehouse (150 Convent Avenue at

West 135th Street, Manhattan). 
Box Office Hours:  Regular box office hours are 10AM–3PM Monday through Friday, except on performance days when the box office remains open until one hour after the start of the performance. 
By Phone: 212.281.9240 ext. 19 

“This season we are conversing, collaborating, and of course singing and dancing. We are thrilled to be working with a growing list of programming partners, who enable us to bring new audiences to Harlem Stage and align ourselves with organizations and artists who share our values. We welcome you to join in this communion of art that informs, inspires and ultimately transforms,” said Patricia Cruz, Executive Director of Harlem Stage. 

Monique Martin, Director of Programming, said “As we wade through these precarious times of polarizing speech, mass shootings and mass incarceration we need our #Disrupters now more than ever. The trifecta of art, culture and activism provides us with tools that can guide us to a deeper understanding of the past, present and forecast the future. Harlem Stage continues to entrust artists to co-create with us, a fertile sanctuary space of mutual respect and understanding. We are honored to create generative spaces for our community to see and be with each other. All are welcome!”

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