Motherland Dances in the Park

Thursday, July 29, 7:30PM

This performance will offer audio description for blind and low vision patrons.
Due to expected rain showers and thunderstorms, Motherland Dances in the Park will take place INDOORS at the Claire Shulman Theatre in the Queens Theatre facilities. Queens Theatre is maintaining a mandatory mask requirement for all ticketholders indoors, regardless of vaccination status, in accordance with current CDC guidance.
Queens Theatre and The Physical Plant are proud to present live dance performances on our summer outdoor stage in Flushing meadows Corona Park! NYC based dance companies - Redhawk Native American Arts Council, Korean Traditional Music and Dance, and Oyu Oro Afro-Cuban Experimental Dance Ensemble share their stories of cultural heritage from the feminine perspective, reminding us of the humanity of motherland and mother earth.
Our new outdoor summer stage just yards away from our facilities in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Tickets are free but required.
Gya Watson

Featured Dance Companies

Redhawk Native American Arts Council

Redhawk Native American Arts Council

The Redhawk Native American Arts Council is a not for profit organization founded and maintained by Native American artists and educators residing in the New York City area. Since 1994, the Council is dedicated to educating the general public about Native American heritage through song, dance, theater, works of art and other cultural forms of expression. The council represents artists from North, South, Central American, Caribbean and Polynesian Indigenous cultures.

Redhawk Council produces four of the largest Native American heritage celebrations in the Northeast. The arts council also hosts festivals, workshops, theater presentations and educational programs, addressing stereotypes and fostering an awareness of Native cultures from a historical standpoint, with a focus on contemporary cultural practices.


Korean Traditional Music and Dance Center of New York (KTMDC)

Korean Traditional Music and Dance Center of New York (KTMDC) Founded in 1987, the Korean Traditional Music and Dance Center of New York (KTMDC) is the oldest established Korean performing arts organization in New York City. KTMDC specializes in teaching and performing Korean traditional music and dance. By doing so, we strive to play the role of an unofficial diplomat, and share and preserve Korea's rich and vibrant culture with Korean-Americans as well as the surrounding community.

OYU ORO Afro Cuban Experimental Dance Ensemble

Oyu Oro Afro Cuban Experimental Dance Ensemble

Oyu Oro is the brainchild of Danys "La Mora" Pérez ─ international Afro-Cuban folklore performer, choreographer, teacher and dance ethnologist from Santiago de Cuba. The company is committed to the preservation of Afro-Cuban folklore as well as to encouraging the cross-cultural understanding of the dance and music forms derived from African culture. While Oyu Oro’s traditional repertoire pays tribute to African lineages derived from the Yoruba, Congo, Carabali, Arará and Dahomean cultures of West Africa and Haiti, the popular dance choreographies also celebrate the national Cuban heritage.  Since 2010, Oyu Oro has also been running the Dos Aguas Dance Program, a comprehensive dance and cultural study program for Americans and others to research in Cuba.

Program Information

Redhawk Native American Arts Council

Jingle Dress Dance

Performed by Anisha
Anisha is a proud member of the Ojibwe and Abenaki nations. Starting at a very young age, she has traveled with her family to various cultural events and ceremonies. Being born with a condition called Cerebral Palsy and growing up using a wheelchair, she was unsure if she would ever be able to dance with her parents and siblings. Throughout the years, she has developed a passion for the Women’s Jingle Dress dance which has played a big role in her healing journey.
Anisha currently studies clinical psychology at Columbia University and hopes to be able to
serve as a role model in her Indigenous communities, helping children and families cope with various physical and mental health conditions.

Fancy Shawl Dance

Performed by Katy Issenock

The Fancy Shawl Dance tells the story of the butterfly, how it comes out of its Crystaless. It's the story of rebirth

Katy Isennock (Lakota): Artist, educator, cultural interpreter, model, champion fancy shawl dancer

Hoop Dance

Performed by Cliff Matias

Hoop Dance tells the story of the Circle of life and honors all the creators we share the planet with.

Cliff Matias (Kichwa / Taino): Located in New York City and Hawai’i. Artist, educator, photographer, hoop dancer, actor

Korean Traditional Music and Dance Center

Salpuri Chum

Dancer: Yusun Kang


Hwa-sun Mu

Dancers: Chung Y Park Wu, Chung Ja Kwon, Sunsook Roh, Younghee Lee


Jindo Bukchum

Dancers: Yusun Kang, Katherine Oh, Clara Shin


About the Director

KTMDC President Yusun Kang is a graduate of Queens College in Theater and Dance and has studied at the Manhattan School of Music. She has also studied under Yi Jo Lim, the leading dance figure in Korea today. Under him, she has mastered Seung Mu and Sal Puri, which represent the highest level of traditional Korean dance and have both been designated intangible cultural assets. Ms. Kang has performed and competed all over the world. She won 1st place at the 2002 Korean Traditional Music and Dance Competition in New York and the 2003 Namwon Chunhyang Competition in Korea, and won an award at the 2003 Junju Dae Sa Seup Nori National Competition in Korea. She has also won several beauty pageants including the New York Korea Times pageant in 2001.

Oyu Oro Afro-Cuban Experimental Dance Ensemble

In Cuba there are African ethnic groups that have left a strong mark on the Cuban cultural heritage. Oyu Oro will present Afro Cuban traditional dances:


Originated in Haiti and were brought to Cuba during the slave-trade and work migrations to the eastern part of Cuba. They are secular dances based on labor production from the coffee plantations, and are danced during festivities and celebrations.


Cultural manifestation came from Congo during the slave trade in the western part of the island. Congo dance and music express three important factors: the power of the spirits and communication with the ancestors manifested through an object of worship called Nganga, the competition of their leaders called Tata to demonstrate the supremacy of their magical religious power; and physical skills through dancing using a wood stick called Garabato.

Performed by:


Danys Perez Prades, Liethis Hechavarria, Susan Rapalee, Isabel Estrada, Tadeo Azojano

Halima, Elsa Cruz, Edwin Tolentino, and Momoko Hanyuda


Francisco Mora, Mike Ramsey, Dylan Blanchard, and Elieser Mendoza Perez

About The Physical Plant

The Physical Plant is a Queens-based dance production house dedicated to curatorial programming that present the Queens dance landscape and local diversity of dance artists. Physical Plant programs include the Queensboro Dance Festival, DANCE SHORTS, and Site Moves Series.