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Special Guest Performance: Ase Dance Theatre Collective

Ase Dance Theatre Collective
Àṣẹ Dance Theatre Collective is a professional, neo-folkloric performance ensemble that specializes in Dance Theater from the African Diaspora. The company is currently made up of seven female dancer/vocalists, two male freestyle dancer/spoken word artists, two musicians and one vocalist.
Under the artistic direction of its founder, Adia Tamar Whitaker, a dancer/choreographer and vocalist from San Francisco’s Bay Area, this Brooklyn based dance theater collective is dedicated to preserving the past, present and future of the African presence in the “New World”.
Since 2000, ASE has presented work that links contemporary dance, original vernacular movement and traditional dance theater from the African Diaspora to conceptual ideas in the human experience. The current repertoire features a variety of multi-media dance theater and music works composed by Adia Tamar Whitaker. ASE also performs as a folkloric music ensemble and provides interactive educational performances for children K-12.
Under the musical direction of Sekou Alaje, ASE presents the African Diaspora’s diverse dance and musical repertoire.

As people of African descent that have migrated from all over the world to fulfill our dreams of art and revolution in New York City, it is our shared belief that all forms of African drum and dance facilitate a process of spiritual awareness and good physical health. This inspires us to create rich and transformative art that uplifts the soul. –Adia Tamar Whitaker

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Aleijuan Afuraka/Mark Darkfeather
Aleijuan Afuraka/Mark Darkfeather | Aleijuan’s sound, and that of his band/alter ego Mark Darkfeather, has always been rooted in soul.
The New Jersey native, currently residing in Brooklyn, is a gifted, uncompromising talent on the rise. As an independent artist, Aleijuan has built an impressive body of work, including three albums: The Drkfthr EP (1999), The Buttafli Kisses Single (2001), and The Elixifx (2005). He has also produced original music for theatre: What the Funk is Love (2003), The Jungle Book (2005), A Sundiata Story (2006). His singular style has landed opening slots for crooners like Bilal, Erykah Badu, Nona Hendrix, Amel Larrieux, Saul Williams, Tamar-Kali, and Martin Luther.
A chameleon at heart, Aleijuan sets out to grow and evolve as an artist with every project. “We are all original, but we are not all connected to our uniqueness.” Creating music that awakens the listener’s imagination, and draws you in, is his rare gift.

“Mermaidz Fr: Outerspace” a performance art installation featuring the music and artistry of Aleijuan Afuraka, aka Mark Darkfeather.
Based on ‘The Middle Passage,’ Aleijuan reveals how the ‘HuePeople’ lost on that fateful journey were rescued by merfolk. They were taught to draw oxygen from water for breathing, and other universal secrets.
The ‘HuePeople’ were shown ocean floor portals which lead to outer space.
“Mermaidz Fr: Outerspace” are short stories of their return to Earth.

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Born and raised in Chicago, Andrea J. Fulton was recognized early on as creative and at eight began writing poetry, then songs, speeches and most anything asked of her when people needed help expressing themselves. She maintains a goal of communicating in classic ways wherein her work including her songs transcend time and maintain relevance for people regardless of their age or background. She likes to remind people of the importance of family, the value of kind thought and deed and the power of love, faith and acceptance. Andrea is a graduate of Northwestern University, has managed Community Organizations and served in New York City government for more than 30 years. She has a non-profit organization in development to support the performing arts aspirations of adults over 40. Check out her website at ABCFulton.org.

I intend to present one of the excerpts that was featured last year in STooPS from a prior play that I wrote entitled One Drop. I also intend to present two excerpts from my latest play entitled Ugly is a Hard Pill. Both plays have socially conscious messages and inspire respect and acceptance regardless of race, sexual orientation or socio economic status.

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Cétáh Treadwell
Cétáh Treadwell “The #Serenades Project” | New Yorker in heart, Barrio in tongue, swagger, and soul. Native and Caribbean in blood. Treadwell is a writer, performer and socio-linguist. An alum of the Linguistic departments of SUNY Stony Brook and the University of Arizona, Treadwell possesses an understanding of the power language has in shaping our world-view. It is also his belief that our experience combined with voice (textual, vocal, physical, visual) can create lasting impressions and affect change with the language we create through art. An avid amateur chef, artist, wine-lover and collector seeking only to connect and continue telling and listening to powerful stories.

The “Serenades Project” is a collaborative and interactive project that has been built around a series of poetics, music and visual art. With a focus on its “Brooklyn” segment, there will be a curated “pop-up” gallery that would allow participants to experience a showcase of performance and visual art created by members of the project sharing individual and collective ties as well as to narrative, landscape and spirituality and the dialogue it creates.

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Edisa Weeks
Edisa Weeks has been embellishing hair since she was a toddler and discovered the joy and possibilities of a comb, brush and paint. Her first version of hair sculptures was performed in a window on 42nd Street at chashama theater, with volunteer customers off the street. Since then she has been creating extraordinary, mischievous, off-beat hair styles at benefits, weddings, festivals, parties, and more.

DELIRIOUS HAIR DESIGNS creates fantastical, playful hair sculptures with combs, hairpins, or gel, and a variety of objects ranging from flowers to mousetraps, toothbrushes, feathers, toy soldiers and more. The objects are arranged on a person’s head to create a unique hair sculpture that resembles a hat. Hair sculptures are possible on all people whether they have long hair, short hair or are bald. No hair is ever cut.

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Frederic TAIEB
Frederic TAIEB is french, from Paris. He has been sent to New York. He has been working 7 years in Investment banking before understanding that he had been cut from a half of himself. He is now starting to recover it, he is glad and grateful to have this opportunity to express his reconnection.

My work is about memories and energies around, we create the world driven by them. My work is about connected creation to Mysticism that represents cosmos: Cosmysticism.

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Ish
Ish raps, writes, and makes things. The Brooklyn native is a champion among the youth poetry scene through creative writing and literacy organization, Urban Word NYC. He is a member of their 2010 poetry slam team that placed 1st in the international Brave New Voices festival, a 2011 Knicks Poetry Slam 3rd place winner, and the 2012 NYC Youth Poet Laureate. In November 2012, Meet at Greene, Ish’s first collection of poems, was published by Penmanship Books as the 3rd entry in their Youth Poet Laureate series. He now focuses on creating and performing music as a hip hop artist while fusing the creative writing and visual art skills honed through the youth programs that aided in finding his voice. His first solo project, “Store Run”, will release in summer 2014.

I will debut music from my upcoming project, “Store Run”. As a hip hop artist, I feel it’s important to build support in your hometown. I want the work I share at STooPS to begin and build further connections with more people in the BedStuy community, for my upbringing in this part of Brooklyn has much to do with the art I create.

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Kelly Horrigan Handmade
Kelly Horrigan Handmade | Kelly Horrigan is a fashion designer and educator. Her company, KHH | Kelly Horrigan Handmade, features one-of-a-kind leather designs that combine old-world techniques with modern aesthetic. She earned her BFA in fashion design and has since been a professor at Pratt Institute’s fashion department and at 3rdward. Her work has been worn by Janet Jackson, featured in the pages of the Fader, Surface, Style.com, The New York Times and seen on NBC’s The Voice, Here! and Bravo TV. Kelly can be found in the community volunteering at the Hattie Carthan Herban Farm on Van Buren.

Join Bed-Stuy based designer Kelly Horrigan to create unique leather jewelry inspired by global traditions. Learn the basic steps to create a necklace or cuff bracelet in leather by embellishing with found objects, feathers and beads. For a nominal fee participants will walk away with an original leather creation of their own!

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Lisa Sikorski
Lisa Sikorski is an artist who makes socially engaged, intimately produced projects. These projects often incorporate object making, oral-storytelling and ritual characteristics as well as require public interaction activate the work. She considers her work as cultural provocations and has recently been investigating domestic tasks and spaces, looking at them as a site of conflict in feminine identity as well as trying to create a dialog about the way we value these tasks and spaces. She holds a BFA from Oregon College of Art and Craft and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at Elsewhere Collaborative and Mildred’s Lane and was a Laundromat Project Fellow in 2013.

Barter Cart is a socially engaged project in which participants are invited to exchange creative capital instead of real money to get snacks from a simulated food cart. Based on the barter system, the project exists as a way for participants to question the worth of their personal talents as well as test out the limits of their comfort zone in displaying those talents in the public act of procuring a trade.

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Maxine Montilus
Maxine Montilus is currently the Associate Artistic Director and performer with Tamara LaDonna Moving Spirits, and is also a member of KaNu Dance Theater. She has presented work at the “Being Bushified!” culture and community series hosted by Urban Bush Women, The Actors Fund Arts Center, Jamaica Performing Arts Center, Dance New Amsterdam and the inaugural Rex Nettleford Arts Conference in Kingston, Jamaica. Maxine is also a 2014 EMERGENYC artist with New York University’s Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics.
photo credit: Travis Magee

The piece will blend dance, text and feedback from viewers on the changes taking place in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.

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Nicholas Powers
Nicholas Powers is professor of literature, reporter, poet and author of “The Ground Below Zero: 9/11 to Burning Man, New Orleans to Darfur, Haiti to Occupy Wall Street”.

Collective poetry is where everyone is an artist. We take turns adding to the poem our own ideas and images to create a moment of communal consciousness.

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Noni Rene
Musician, Noni Rene (originally from Philadelphia) now resides in New York. She has been producing her own sound whilst balancing being a student at Lincoln University of PA. She has released her first and second single, “Get Out of Here” and “The Time,” from her debut album, “It’s About Me Now.” She has another single, “Solace In Me” featuring Nisho, out now that will be featured on her upcoming EP, “Coming To Paz.” She has performed at STooPS Bed Stuy 2013, the Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Odunde Festival in Philadelphia, where she opened for hip hop legend Big Daddy Kane. Although Noni considers herself a rock artist, she produces and composes music of other genres such R&B, Electronica, and even Jazz. Noni Rene has been featured in Aesthetics Magazine, Nu Breed Magazine, Sunset Radio and the “Only Women Wear High Heels” Radio Show.

Noni Rene will perform original songs from my EP “Coming to Paz” and album, “It’s About Me Now.”

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ola ronke
ola ronke is a Brooklyn born Nigerian artist, mama, bike rider, nature lover and dance fiend. She’s an award winning art director for film and music videos, as well as a yoga teacher at her one woman studio, So Hum. She loves traveling, science fiction, planting trees and day dreaming.

This piece explores the art of listening as a spiritual practice. It features a mute faerie whose special skills are listening & compassion. Thru this work I aim to bring attention to the strength and comfort found in vulnerability, human connection & safe spaces. All who are open & willing to sit w/her can share their dreams, secrets, hopes & fears. Give voice to whats in their heart, engage in ritual, find peace & power.

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A Village Of One
Composer, vocalist and percussionist Paula Jeanine Bennett is an artist with a deep and soulful commitment to the creative path. In recent years she has performed at the Papal Summit for Peace in Assisi, at Art Summit Indonesia VII and was the American voice of peace at the World Conference of Religions in Kyoto, Japan. She has performed in Morocco, Egypt, France and Italy and has been an American cultural ambassador in India and Java. Paula is a staff musician at the Juilliard School as well as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and is the first-call musician for dance in New York City. She has also collaborated with monologuist Anna Deavere Smith.
Paula lives on the Brooklyn waterfront and can see the Statue of Liberty from her rooftop.

“A Village Of One” is a song cycle inspired by changing aspects of life in downtown Brooklyn, with themes of isolation and community at its core. Originally created in Java, Indonesia, composer Paula Jeanine Bennett brings it all back home in celebration, with a divine choir of Brooklyn women.

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Named after one of the late Noel Pointer’s biggest jazz hits, the Phantazia String Players consist of NPF’s most advanced violin, viola, bass and cello students. To be accepted into the Phantazia String Players, students are recommended by their music instructors and go through a rigorous audition process. Many of the players began their studies at NPF and continue to excel both academically and personally because of their participation in the ensemble.
The Phantazia String Players rehearse every Wednesday evening, take group lessons on Saturdays and also train privately at NPF headquarters in the Youth Arts Academy of Bedford Stuyvesant’s Restoration Plaza. Many members also attend performing arts high schools such as Edward R. Murrow HS, Brooklyn High School of the Arts and LaGuardia Music and Arts High School.

Phantazia String Players of the Noel Pointer Foundation School of Music will perform a variety of pop, jazz and gospel music arranged for string ensemble

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Tendayi
Tendayi is the funky jazz songstress of our era. The Atlanta to New York transplant has studied musical theater, Jazz, Blues, and even written vocals for underground Hip Hop artists. Tendayi’s sound is a fusion of the smooth melodies of Erykah Badu, the rasp of Sarah Vaughn, the instant head nod of a Tribe Called Quest, and the lyrical dexterity of Ella Fitzgerald . Currently Tendayi performs vocal accompaniment for various New York dance companies including Urban Bush Women, ASE Dance Theatre Collective, & Nathan Trice / Rituals. She is also a regular jazz vocalist with the Gerry Eastman Quartet at the Williamsburg Music Center in Brooklyn. Her motto is: “when all else fails…scat!” Whether grooving to Billie Holiday or rocking to Kendrick Lamar, Tendayi is a vintage girl in a ratchet world.

A smooth acoustic vocal performance alongside guitarist Gerry Eastman. This performance includes a variety of classic jazz, common r&B covers, and funky personable originals written by Tendayi. Prepare for some foot tapping, head rocking, and scatboxing to feel your bones with gud music keeping ya ear glued!

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Tiffany B Chanel
Tiffany B Chanel is a self taught artist from Brooklyn, NY. Started doing sneaker art in 2012 and slowly started to branch off to canvas art. Her walking art have been seen on Iman Shumpert from the NY Knicks, Sassy from Black Ink, and Essence Street Style. She’s here to show you that your personality can be shown without speaking, better yet, she can help you make a statement without saying a single word … Her Art Walks!!!

I will be presenting sneaker art through means of sneaker and canvas art work. Showcasing art from my own fantasy world by using 3d art, mixed media, and abstract art. My work invites viewers to connect to my abstract creative world.

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Tim Prolific Jones
Tim Prolific Jones is a Black Long Island Native who seeks to give voice to unspoken experiences and invisible communities. He is a poet, writer, activist, educator, performer, marketer, entrepreneur, and champion of independent artists.
He appears regularly as a hip-hop culture critic on the MNet America show “Headliners,” has written for YRB Magazine, and is the co-host of Sweet Success Sundaes on Bondfire Radio. ProJones has preformed at venues including the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Bar 13, Cornell University, New York University, Hunter College, The New School, and Rikers Island Academy. His poetry has been published in various anthologies, the graphic novel Gunplay, and in The New School award-winning literary journal, 12th Street. Pro is currently working on a several book projects, including his thesis detailing the intertwined history and bloodlines of blacks and Native Americans on Long Island. He lives in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn and Uniondale, Long Island.

“Manifest Destiny” is a collaborative work exploring the legacy and history of lynching, colonialism, and displacement in the Americas. It is a story told through poetry, blues songs and chants, and was created to navigate by the murders of Trayvon Martin and Renishah McBride. “Manifest Destiny” explores violence inflicted both on the murdered and the collective memory of survivors. Collaborators include Sade Adona, Crystal Clarity, Brian Polite, and Veleda Roehl.

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tony wells
tony wells is a self taught artist. His collages have a sense of movement and harmony with its structure and color schemes. The manipulation of old magazines, books and image sources allowed him to pull his media from other peoples’ garbage which helps inspire resourcefulness. Most of his collages are made up of several hundred separate pieces of paper with carefully chosen image, color and structural properties. Because he does not consider selling his work, he disregards time and becomes immersed which allows things to be revealed to him as much as he deliberately constructs them. He hopes the end product draws you into it and allows you to spend time with it reciprocally. His work has been exhibited in various galleries some as far away as Boston and Swaziland but mostly he just shows his work here in Brooklyn.

The neighborhoods of New York are not divided by official names but by degrees of accessibility and income. There are neighborhoods within neighborhoods. We share this city together from the reflections of our windows to our feet on its ground. This is a neighborhood cut through by a raised road separating the projects from older buildings, a common theme here, blending our uniqueness in a play of isolation and community – sunlight and shadow.

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Wema Harris
Wéma Harris is a Brooklyn based performing artist, educator and activist. A deep love for the arts has brought her talents to audiences around the United States as well as abroad. Wéma returned to New York in July 2013, after the International debut and tour of, her one woman show, Roots, Rhythm and Revolution in South Africa. She performed at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. Wéma and her team, Daromie Despinosse and Shawn Banks also brought Roots Connect: Arts and Activism Workshop to a community organization in Johannesburg. She has performed in over 20 plays, some of which are Macbeth, The Colored Museum, The Seagull, Black Nativity, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She also played Angela Davis in Panther Women, and Celia the Slave in an unforgettable performance of Maafa. Wéma is excited to bring this engaging and thought-provoking new work to her Brooklyn community first.

“900 Murmurs of Freedom” is a new Theater piece which engages the audience in the spirit of Juneteenth. Two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, enslaved people in Texas became aware of the freedom that should have been theirs 900 days earlier. This interactive theater piece challenges the audience to consider and untangle current withheld information.

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Ziedah Diata
Ziedah Diata creates participatory art work and traditional pieces that draw the public into creative and challenging dialogue, primarily on issues of social justice and matters of spirit/self-reflection. Her participatory “Call and Response” pieces have movable/removable aspects that invite ordinary people—who would not call themselves “artists”—to dig deep for personal and political answers, and make their marks directly on the paintings. This creative process is meant to be a living collaboration between the artist-instigator and community co-creators. The questions Ziedah poses are inspired by global and local community challenges, contemporary and retrospective essays, science fiction, music, poetry, community cultural happenings, dreams, emotional stirrings, and random, rapid thoughts. Ziedah’s work is regularly featured as part of New Black Arts Movement soul sessions–monthly social/political art experiences based in Brooklyn. Her pieces have engaged communities at the Blue Note, STooPs, the Vagina Monologues Art Exhibition, and the Modern Day Griot Theater Company.

Ziedah’s work, rendered in oil and acrylic on canvas, is a “Call and Response” piece that asks community members to think about the world a girl child must face when she is born. Across the planet, girls and women face tremendous challenges to their birth rights of self-determination and self-actualization. YOU are asked to conjure and share words of empowerment/preparation by answering, directly on the painting: “What would you whisper to a baby girl-to-be?”

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