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.
Featured Dance Companies
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. https://www.redhawkcouncil.org/
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. https://ktmdc.com/
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. http://www.oyuoro-afrocuban.com/
Redhawk Native American Arts Council
Jingle Dress Dance
Performed by Anisha
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
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
Dancer: Yusun Kang
Dancers: Chung Y Park Wu, Chung Ja Kwon, Sunsook Roh, Younghee Lee
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.
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.