Motherland Dances

Now playing through June 20

Queens Theatre and The Physical Plant are proud to present virtual dance performances from the Queens Theatre stage! 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.

This program premiered on June 12, 2021 and will remain available for replay until June 20.

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

Apache Rainbow Dance

Performed by Gya Watson

The Apache Rainbow dance tells the story of the rain, water and the Rainbow which follows after a hot summer rain.

Gya Watson is an Afro Indigenous artist and educator originally from the San Carlos Apache Nation in Arizona. Gya has been dancing within the Apache traditions all her life. She learned the Apache Rainbow dance as a young girl and has toured the world sharing the story of this beautiful tradition. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and is a teaching artist with the Redhawk Native American Arts Council.

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


Performed by:
Danys Perez Prades
Susan Rapalee
Liethis Hechavarria
Isabel Estrada
Alexander La Rosa
Tadeo Azojano
Ethan Wagner
Roman Diaz
Francisco Mora
Dylan Blanchard
Mike Ramsey
Edwin Tolentino

This choreography presents the genuine richness of the Yoruba and Dahomeyan cultures in Cuba. Brushstrokes of Patakies -- or the legends of the Orisha deities -- include Afra, Ogun, Mase, Ebioso, Afrekete as well as a Franco-Haitian mosaic depicted in the styles of Mahi Zepol, Ibo and Masun dances. We built the choreography by spectacularly re-drawing the essence of our folklore with intertwining music, song and movement in a single body. By utilizing nuances taken from the cultural roots of our Black Art's lineage and identity, the stage highlights the beauty of the female presence in society.

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.